By LARRY VAUGHT
The word of the day Monday for Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was rat trapping. Okay, it was the words of the day.
The UK coach mentioned almost as much as the Florida Gators, UK’s opponent on the road Saturday, during his media conference Monday following his team’s 44-35 loss to Southern Mississippi Saturday.
“When things go wrong, we have guys that start rat trapping,” Stoops said in his opening statement.
At first I thought he said something about rapping. But I knew that could not be Mark Stoops.
So what is rat trapping?
“How in the world would I describe that? Now I’m gonna give you a definition and it’s going to be all screwed up. It’s a Jimbo-ism (from Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher),” Stoops said.
What happens when rat trapping starts?
”Go back to bad habits. When pressure’s on the line you go back to bad habits,” Stoops said.
Having a young defense was no reason for that to happen.
“It’s not an excuse. Nobody wants to hear that anymore. Neither do I,” Stoops said.
He’s right about that. Whatever you want to call it, the Kentucky defense is out of excuses after getting dismantled the second half by Southern Mississippi.