By LARRY VAUGHT
One downside to Saturday’s 38-24 win over Toledo for Kentucky was that sophomore Chris Oats was ejected for targeting in the second half on a hit on Toledo quarterback Mitch Guadagni and will now miss the first half of the Central Michigan game.
The Toledo quarterback was scrambling and appeared to start his slide to the ground just a fraction of a second before the contact with Oates.
“It’s tough. You know, I think you all know that. You see the issues nationwide, so it’s just a tough call. It’s tough. You know, they (officials) review it. And that goes back to the SEC office, so that was looked at by a lot of people. If they upheld the call, that’s what it is,” Stoops said.
“ So I thought initially when I watched it during the game that Chris was throwing an arm just to protect him, but he didn’t. I think as long as we’re trying to wrap up, that’s a tough call.”
Stoops accepted what happened the best he could.
“I’m not complaining about it being thrown and I’m not complaining about Chris, because I think he was hustling,” Stoops said. “ It’s very difficult to know when the quarterback is going down the slide and if he’s going to slide.
“As long as they’re going to wrap up and our head is up and trying to play clean, then it’s just going to happen sometimes. It’s in our game. It’s, you know, for the well-being and the safety of our student-athletes, so it is what it is. I support it.”