Kentucky Football: Head coach Mark Stoops and OC Rich Scangarello set to speak with media

Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

There is no question that Saturday’s 24-21 loss to Vanderbilt at Kroger Field was an eyesore for the Kentucky football program. The players, fanbase, and coaching staff have had a few days to digest what took place on Saturday. 

It was announced on Sunday, per an official press release, that head coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello will be available to the media. With Stoops fielding questions today and Scangarello on Tuesday.

A Program In Disarray

The two coaches didn’t shy away from the tough questions in the post-game interviews on Saturday, and I don’t expect them to shy away this week when they’re asked once again just what went wrong in the horrific loss.

The offense’s performance this season has been abysmal at best. The Wildcats rank dead last in overall offensive statistics in the SEC. With a potential first-round pick at QB in Will Levis and quite possibly the best running back in the program’s history in Chris Rodriguez, someone has to be at fault for the underperformance of this offense this season.

Stoops did clarify his post-game comments on in-season coaching changes after the game. Stated that he “doesn’t want to say too much because people will run with it.” Scangarello seemed stunned that the passing game plan didn’t come together as he had hoped on Saturday.

Here’s what Scangarello had to say on the offensive’s performance:

"“I am very surprised. I had high expectations to throw the ball today,”“Sometimes the flow of the game, the weather, things like that. It was limited possessions — they had long possessions, we had some long possessions — all of a sudden you’re in a game where you have eight total possessions and you better make them count. We didn’t in the passing game.”“I was happy that we responded with two scoring drives after they took the lead in the second half, but we can’t wait till the second half to wake up. It’s not acceptable.”"

Scangarello mentioned it’s not acceptable, except for the fact it has been the measuring stick of how this offense has performed all seasons. I’m sure the coaching staff will agree there are no excuses. However, I think one thing is for sure; this offense will look completely different next season.

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