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CBSsports.com coaching rankings show Mark Stoops some respect, but not enough

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Winning a New Year’s Day bowl game and getting to 10 wins was a huge deal for Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and his Wildcats last season. He also had five players just picked in the NFL draft.

Stoops has now taken Kentucky to three straight bowl games, a heady feat with the Cats, and he’s continuing to bring in better and better recruits.

However, the new cbssports.com coaching rankings show Stoops some respect but not an abundance as he was rated as the nation’s 39th best coach, seven spots better than he was last year.

CBSsports.com writer Tom Fornelli wrote this about Stoops’ ranking: “I was fully expecting Stoops to take a significant step forward in these rankings after winning 10 games at Kentucky last season. It was the first time the Wildcats won at least 10 games in a single season since 1977. I had him at No. 34 on my ballot, but I guess my fellow voters weren’t as impressed as I. Still, climbing seven spots isn’t insignificant.”

 

 

Here’s another oddity about the rankings. New Louisville coach Scott Satterfield, who has never coached a Power-Five game, came in at No. 37. Here’s what Fornelli wrote about him:

“The new Louisville coach has a nice starting point in these rankings as he takes over for Bobby Petrino (who was 29th last year, so these rankings provide no job security). In six seasons at Appalachian State, Satterfield went 51-24 and won three consecutive Sun Belt titles before taking this job. It’ll be a lot more difficult winning conference titles while playing in the same division as Clemson and Florida State, however.”

2 comments

  1. It don’t matter. Keep winning Coach.

  2. Next year will be prove it year for Stoops. We have lost a ton of talent from last season. Can he and his staff coach up the next man up? Time will tell, but I think we will slide back to the bottom half of our division and struggle to make a bowl. Stoops will become known as the AVIS of collegiate football. He tries harder but will never make it to the top. In his defense, I am not sure anyone could do any better with what he will have to work with…but he will still need to convince 5* talent to come to UK if we are ever to be competitive for a division title, much less a conference title.

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