By LARRY VAUGHT
Just think what might have happened on Mark Stoops’ weekly radio show if Kentucky had lost to South Carolina.
Early in his show, he had a caller tell him he was a “good coach” but that he would rather have Tommy Tuberville of Cincinnati come to Kentucky because he had “coached in the SEC” at Auburn.
“What am I going to do after I lose, Tom?” Stoops said to show host Tom Leach after the call.
Of course, rumors were rampant Saturday about Stoops’ future before the Cats did win and his players said after the game it was for him. He even joked about how quickly news spread on social media during his weekly press conference Monday afternoon.
Stoops said during his radio show that negativity in the fanbase was not helping the team.
Stoops had spoken earlier in the show about how the program couldn’t have a fragmented fanbase and how the negativity wasn’t helping the team in any way. He said during his press conference that his team had to avoid distractions.
“I was proud of the team and proud of their focus and the way they executed this past week. When the season doesn’t start the way you want it to, there’s always going to be a lot of outside noise and distraction. I was very proud of the team and the coaching staff of focusing on the task at hand,” Stoops said about the win over South Carolina and the game preparation.
To end his radio show, Stoops made a plea to UK fans.
“At some point, the great fans that we have, we’ve got to get everybody on the same page,” Stoops said. “We’ve got to get positive. I’m the first one. You don’t need to throw criticism up, I’ll run myself over with a bus when we don’t play well, and fully admit it.
“But we’ve got to get people on the same page. We’ve got to be positive. This has been going on in our history a little bit, right? So we’ve got to change it. Everybody on the same page, pulling in the same direction. And we’re going to do this. I’m not discouraged one bit. We’re going to keep on plugging.”