Mark Stoops: On-field “chirping” in rivalry game does nothing but hurt

Lynn Bowden and his teammates need to keep their emotions in check against Louisville. (Vicky Graff Photo)


If it is Kentucky-Louisville week in either football or men’s basketball, fans are going to talk. That’s expected.

Sometimes a player will furnish some bulletin board material for the opponent — or even a coach might either on purpose or accidentally.

After Saturday’s win, Kentucky quarterback Lynn Bowden refused to even mention Louisville by name.

“I didn’t hear Lynn saying anything that would be bulletin board material,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday.  “I didn’t see that yet or hear about that yet, but I don’t think that there is any hiding from a rivalry game.

“There’s going to be no problem getting our teams up, excited to play, but it is really about the discipline and the execution. That stuff goes out the window quick. It can hurt you. You want them amped up and ready in their prep, starting today and tuned in, having a great week of preparation.”

Both teams come into Saturday’s game with winning records, a huge turnaround for the Cardinals under new coach Scott Satterfield after last year’s disaster with Bobby Petrino before he was fired.

“Generally speaking, the more disciplined team will win, and we haven’t always been perfectly disciplined in playing this group in the past and so we want to make sure  I do a good job of coaching them up and getting them prepared to play,” Stoops said thinking back to on-field incidents two years ago when the teams played in Lexington.

“The talking and the chirping and all that does you really nothing, except hurt you at times. We want them excited and want them amped up and ready to go, again, with our preparation. Come Saturday, everybody wants to win. Who wants to win today?”

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