ESPN college football analyst John Congemi spoke to Wildcat Blue Nation recently about the Kentucky Wildcats football team and what things will look like over the next few seasons.
With a new coach at the helm for the Kentucky Wildcats this season, what should be the reasonable expectations for fans after only 2 wins this season?
John Congemi: Reasonable expectations for Kentucky and Mark Stoops is steady improvement with the players they have and watch for this team to get better once his overall systems get put into place. It’s always tough to learn on the job in the SEC but Stoops is qualified for the job.
Are the Wildcats capable of pulling off 4 SEC wins this season?
John Congemi: There are games that Kentucky has a chance to compete in the SEC this year. Florida is one of those games that Kentucky usually plays well in at home, and they should be well rested for that on on the 28th. Other games that should be down to the wire are Missouri, at Mississippi St and finally at home verses Tennessee.
What is is long term prediction for UK, say in 2015 – 16? When can we realistically see a 4-4 or 5-3 season in the SEC?
John Congemi: Stoops will get aggressive in recruiting and will get kids in that fit what he’s trying to become as a program. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins 4 or 5 games in the SEC in the next couple of seasons.
Can Mark Stoops make Kentucky a powerhouse in 8-10 years?
John Congemi: I’m not sure they will ever be a powerhouse, but I’m sure that he has high expectations of himself and his staff.
Next year, the rivalry game between the Cats and Cards move to the end of the season as opposed to Labor Day weekend or the third weekend of the season. Is this a good thing for the rivalry?
John Congemi: I think it’s terrific that the Louisville game will be moved to the last game of the year. College football needs more of these rivalry games pushed to the end of the year, esp with all the conference realignment that’s taken place over the last few years. It’s great for the state of Kentucky and for the players of both programs.