By LARRY VAUGHT
For the first time since he got to Kentucky, Mark Stoops is enjoying the talking season before preseason practice starts in two weeks.
His first three UK teams have been a combined 12-24 but he thinks a bowl game is coming and Stoops did not shy away from that on ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday night.
“That’s not something we talked about the past couple of years, because I didn’t know if we were quite ready for that. I do feel like we do have the pieces for that this year. I do. I’ve got a lot of confidence in what our team has done. We’ve put the work in and I feel great with the coaching staff. And it’s time,” Stoops said.
Past time for UK fans who got used to bowl bids under Rich Brooks. .
While Stoops admits winning a bowl game would be big for him, he knows it would be much bigger for the program.
“The people of Kentucky have been starved for that. Our administration is so invested in that so much. We have a great coaching staff, a renovated stadium we’re days away from moving into, a brand-new, state-of-the-art football facility. There’s a lot of people, when I took that job, I said, ‘There’s a lot of people who need to buy into for us to be successful,'” Stoops said.