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Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops: “With That Attitude, We’re Going To Get Rolled”

Mark StoopsMark Stoops is not a happy man.  The Kentucky football coach “had steam coming out of his ears” when addressing the team Wednesday, according to running back Raymond Sanders.  After addressing the team, Stoops let loose with media members present.

 

“Very unacceptable practice today. Preparation wasn’t good enough, effort wasn’t good enough, attitude wasn’t good enough. Not good enough. Very frustrated. Some guys are looking for a rock to hide under. It’s going to be a very difficult and tough game, and I don’t know if we’re ready for it.

“With that attitude, we’re going to get rolled. And I believe that happened the last time we went down there, right? When guys are looking for a rock, it means that it’s always ‘I just missed it.’ … It’s whatever. Finger pointing. Losing attitude. Looking to hide.

“They don’t know what it takes. We’re going to get it out of them. When, I don’t know. But it’s not OK. It’s not all right.”

 

Kentucky plays South Carolina Saturday.  UK lost 54-3 two years ago in Columbia.

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Three UK Footballers Arrested On Pot Charges, Already Suspended

If you were looking for receiver Bookie Cobbins or running back Raymond Sanders during Kentucky’s game against Western Kentucky on Saturday, you were wasting your time.  Both players were suspended for the game.  Now we know why.

According to The Lexington Herald-Leader, Cobbins, Sanders and cornerback Marcus Caffey — he’s sitting out the season after failing to qualify academically — were all cited last Thursday night for possession of marijuana.  While making a routine patrol, a police officer detected a “strong scent of marijuana” coming from the basement area of a Lexington apartment complex.  As it turns out, Cobbins, Sanders and Caffey were the folks with the weed and each admitted to the officer that he had been smoking said pot.

“Kids don’t always do all the things right,” Joker Phillips said.  “We hold our kids accountable.  We disciplined right away.  We don’t wait.  We try to get as many of the facts as we possibly can.  We got them on Friday and we disciplined right away.”

That’s commendable.  So was Phillips’ decision not to respond to a barb launched by WKU head coach Willie Taggart after the Hilltoppers upset the Wildcats 32-31 in overtime.  Unfortunately, fans expect good behavior and class from their favorite team.  What they want and demand are wins.  And Phillips hasn’t provided enough to keep the stands at Commonwealth Stadium full.

Having three guys busted for marijuana — whether he disciplined them immediately or not — can’t help the head coach’s cause.  It seems Phillips’ players are letting him down off the field as well as on it.

 

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SEC Headlines – 4/15/11 Part One

1.  Here’s a list of Florida’s top 44 playmakers heading out of spring practice.

2.  With AJ Green gone to the NFL, there’s a battle at receiver in Athens.

3.  At least 10 players — including tailback Washaun Ealey — are “likely out with injuries” for tomorrow’s G-Day game.

4.  Georgia is considering using Kwame Geathers and juco transfer John Jenkins — both nose guards — on the D-line at the same time with one moving to defensive end.

5.  It’s now or never for Kentucky receiver Aaron Boyd.

6.  Raymond Sanders — all 5-8, 195 pounds of him — is set to replace Derrick Locke at tailback.

7.  John Calipari believes it’s possible his team could lose six first-round draft picks to the NBA next year.

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Video: Stokes’ goal-line hit vs. UK

Vanderbilt linebacker John Stokes delivers a big hit to keep Kentucky tailback Raymond Sanders from crossing the goal line on third down. The Commodores would also stop the Wildcats’ fourth down attempt.
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Stokes’ goal-line hit vs. Kentucky

Vanderbilt linebacker John Stokes delivers a big hit to keep Kentucky tailback Raymond Sanders from crossing the goal line on third down. The Commodores would also stop the Wildcats’ fourth down attempt.
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