Headlines Tuesday: Ranking the power of SEC coaches
More to Saturday in the southMatt Hayes posted a power ranking of every SEC head coach, and Mark Stoops came in at No. 3.
Yes, you read that right. Kentucky football has a top-three coach in a conference that features Kirby Smart and Nick Saban in the lead, as those two have won the last two national championships.
Close behind Stoops is another coaching title in Jimbo Fisher, followed by Brian Kelly, who attended a national championship game and the college football playoffs.
So yeah, Stoops being No. 3 here is a big deal.
Here’s what Hayes had to say about Stoops.
3. Mark Stoops, Kentucky ($6.75 million): Why is Stoops a champ, you ask? Because anyone who wins 10 games at Kentucky (twice in 4 years) falls into that category.
The UK is the best example of how NIL can change the way the game looks. Stoops just had a top 15 recruiting class and are winning recruiting battles against the SEC Blue Bloods and the neighbors ohio state.
Athletic director Mitch Barnhart deserves a ton of credit for not only keeping Stoops in Kentucky, but also for not freaking out after Stoops’ first 3 seasons produced 12 wins.
Since Barnhart stayed with Stoops after the 2015 season, Kentucky is 47-29 with a school-best 6 straight bowl seasons — and Stoops has 2 of 4 10-win seasons since the school started in playing football in 1892.
Tweet of the day
During this photo shoot, he said “I have to add a national championship trophy this year. And if we do that, I’m gonna get it all back. That’s a lot of trophies.
— TJ Beisner (@tjbeisner) June 20, 2022
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