It’s no secret the Kentucky Wildcats have seen more success on the hardwood than on the gridiron. However, when the newly appointed head coach of the football team, Mark Stoops, spoke at the 2013 SEC Media Days last Wednesday, he was excited about his new team.
Stoops spent the past two years as the defensive coordinator at Florida State while his brother, Bob Stoops, has seen continuous success as the head coach at Oklahoma.
Now Stoops takes over the Wildcats who finished 2-10 last season and 0-8 against the SEC. He has a locker room which will contain more freshmen than seniors — there are 18 freshmen to only 14 seniors on Kentucky’s current roster.
Stoops says senior linebacker Avery Williamson will play a key role on this year’s team.
But with a recruiting class that ranked No. 36 in 2013, Stoops is hoping he can branch off into other states after establishing Kentucky as a desirable location for recruits.
Even an improved recruiting class probably cannot turn around a team quickly that has been at the bottom of the SEC for so long. Stoops says he needs to change the culture of the team.
Stoops says the first game is the dawn of a new day.
Kentucky opens up its season August 31 against Western Kentucky.