By LARRY VAUGHT
Vaughtsviews.com contributor Richard Cheeks has a way of analyzing statistical information that I truly cannot comprehend. But he also has a realistic approach for being such a die-hard UK fan.
Recently he sent me this email that I definitely thought was worth sharing:
“I would be curious to see a poll of UK football fans: What is the minimum number of wins UK must get in 2018 for coach Mark Stoops to retain his job in 2019, because I believe the last two seasons have unreasonably elevated expectations, but particularly last season,” Cheek wrote.
“The results were really fool’s gold when the internal numbers are compared to the number of wins the team got.
“I believe a lot of fans will bail on Stoops with only five wins and put him squarely on the hot seat going into 2019. I think a majority of fans will turn on Stoops if this team only wins three, or even four games this season. If that happens, pressure will mount for Mith Barnhart to make another change.
“With six wins, his job security remain as it is today, but not improving. That leaves Stoops just one disastrous season from peril. Seven or more wins in 2018 should solidify his position for two or three more seasons.
“I do not like football coaching changes for UK because I believe UK faces a long term building program, and stability at the head coaching position is necessary to get through that process. Changing coaches means starting over for this program.
“I also believe Stoops is the consummate football man, and he has upgraded the roster and I still believe he will upgrade the quality of play on the field. But, a three or four win season in 2018 will be difficult for him to survive.”