UK FOOTBALL | Mark Stoops asks for fan support in 2015
08/30/2015 07:41 PM
LEXINGTON — After two years of steady progress, the University of Kentucky football team appears to be ready for a breakout season in 2015.
Head coach Mark Stoops hopes the fans of Big Blue Nation are also ready support the team as it plays to make its first bowl game in five years.
“I ask for their support, absolutely,” Stoops said during during a post-practice media session over the weekend. “We want a packed house. We’re proud of the brand-new stadium. We’re proud of the work these players have done. We’re getting into a position to be as competitive as we want to be. We’re getting to that point where we feel good about our team.”
After a dismal 2-10 record during his first season in 2013, Stoops coached the Wildcats to a blazing 5-1 start last year before UK lost its final six games to finish the season 5-7 and miss postseason play by just one victory.
Stoops admitted that Kentucky fans may have hesitated in supporting the team in previous seasons when there wasn’t a good product out on the field but promised the players and coaches are doing everything they can to produce effort and results of which the university and Big Blue Nation can be proud.
“It is hard when the first two years you’re not very good and begging people to come to the stadium and they’re going to say, “Well, coach, that’s not a very good-looking team,” Stoops said. “So, it’s a fine balance there. I certainly know and appreciate the great support that we’ve gotten, and people know about the work that this coaching staff and the players are putting in to put a product on the field that we’re all proud of. I think we’re much closer to that, and I do ask them to come and show up and support us and pack that stadium because we’re proud of the work so far.
“We know we’ve got a ways to go, but we’re trying to get there.”
Click below to watch Stoops’ complete comments on fan support as well as KSTV’s explanation on why Big Blue Nation has plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about the Cats in 2015.