Kentucky Wildcats: Good News Off Field, Bad News On It

By Tim Letcher

The Kentucky Wildcats appear to be on their way to another 2-10 season. New head coach Mark Stoops inherited a team that has talent deficiencies at nearly every position, and the results on the filed have been less than spectacular.

While no coach wants to suffer through such a season, Stoops has been able to use Kentucky’s struggles to his advantage on the recruiting trail. The pitch is fairly obvious – Kentucky needs players at nearly every spot, so why not come play for the Wildcats? Immediate playing time will be available, and the chance to play in the high-profile Southeastern Conference is also a selling point.

Another thing about Stoops that seems to be resonating with recruits is his honesty. While on recruiting visits, Stoops told prospective players that the 2013 Wildcats would struggle, and he has been right. However, a coach being honest about that is a rarity in today’s society, and this message seems to have worked for the UK staff.

It’s obvious at this point that Kentucky simply does not have the talent to win in the SEC. That can be seen in each game. The job for Stoops is to get players to come to Lexington, then develop them into players that can elevate the program to at least some level of success.

Kentucky has not won an SEC game in nearly two years, a streak that will likely carry into next season. Remaining games against the Vanderbilt Commodores, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers do not appear to be winnable games for this team. So another 2-10 season will likely be on the books. However, unlike last year, there is optimism in the Big Blue Nation. Stoops just needs to keep that momentum going into 2014.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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