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UK coach Mark Stoops welcomes fan expectations and wants fans to stay excited


HOOVER, Ala. — How does Mark Stoops think Kentucky fan expectations are versus what should be realistic expectations for his first UK team? That’s the question I posed to the UK coach at the SEC Media Days today.

“Tt’s really, to be honest with you, an uncomfortable situation for me because it’s not my style really to try to temper those expectations. I think the educated fan knows where we’re at as a program, knows we have a lot of work to do.  But the flipside of that is I want the excitement.  I want them there.  I want them to support our players that we have on our team right now.  I want them at all of our home games,” Stoops said.

“We plan on going out and competing each and every week.  We understand that the challenges are there.  So, you know, I’m glad the fans are excited and I’m glad they’re showing up in large numbers.

“Our season tickets are up.  People are excited and anticipating a good year, because we certainly are.  We’re not going out there to put all this hard work in to not compete and not try to win games.”

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  1. Toicat

    Patience is the key. The second season will likely be better than the one coming. It takes time to build up a program, but I believe that hiring Mark Stoops was a very positive step. No easy teams on this year’s schedule. Any win will be welcomed and in time the gridiron Cat’s might be a real SEC contender.

    Go Cat’s Go !

  2. Larry Pup

    His last sentence said it all. Why not be excited, it is what it is. We have to play and compete with the players we have. Things will get better next year with a great recruiting class coming in. Year three should be a great time for UK football. However, I’m going to root em on now. They can win some games.

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