By LARRY VAUGHT
Believe it or not, this is Mark Stoops’ sixth season as Kentucky’s head football coach. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago he gave up being defensive coordinator at Florida State to take over here after Joker Phillips was fired, but it has been.
And it’s time to see some better results defensively from UK.
No longer can anyone blame Phillips’ poor recruiting or coaching for UK’s plight. This team was all recruited by Stoops. No longer can anyone complain about UK’s subpar facilities. The Cats have a practice facility on par with other SEC teams.
No one can whine about coaching salaries. Athletics director Mitch Barnhart is paying Stoops’ staff well and just gave most of them contract extensions.
Stoops is supposed to be a defensive whiz but his teams at Kentucky just have not been that good defensively and having Denzil Ware transfer will not help.
But it’s time to see a better organized, better tackling, smarter defensive team. Make plays. Get off the field. Don’t fail to recover receivers and give up easy scores. Don’t give up 200 yards or more rushing.
In year six, that’s not too much to ask from a defensive guru, is it?