LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mark Stoops’ Monday radio show was a wild one.
The Kentucky coach spent a healthy portion of the fan call-in segments listening to off-the-wall questions and comments. One asked why he shouldn’t pick Alabama to cover the spread on Saturday, another called Kentucky “the Chicago Cubs of college football.” One said he didn’t know what Stoops saw in offensive coordinator Eddie Gran.
But then Benny from Carrolton, Ky., called.
It was the last question of the hour-long show.
“Coach, I’m sure you’re a good football coach and I think you’re going to do fine at some point, but personally I would love to see Tommy Tuberville who’s coached in the SEC come to Kentucky.”
He was cut off there.
Mark Stoops' face when radio caller Benny told him he'd rather have Tommy Tuberville as coach. pic.twitter.com/jdhLvqZwnV
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“Well thanks, Benny,” Stoops said. “Get on those message boards. Get on Twitter. There’s a lot of people out there with a lot of opinions.”
“What am I going to do after I lose, Tom?” Stoops asked the show’s host, Tom Leach. “This is after a victory.”
Stoops had spoken earlier in the show about how the program couldn’t have a fragmented fanbase and how the negativity wasn’t helping the team in any way.
The coach ended the show with a message to fans.
“At some point, the great fans that we have, we’ve got to get everybody on the same page,” Stoops said. “We’ve got to get positive. I’m the first one. You don’t need to throw criticism up, I’ll run myself over with a bus when we don’t play well, and fully admit it. But we’ve got to get people on the same page. We’ve got to be positive. This has been going on in our history a little bit, right? So we’ve got to change it. Everybody on the same page, pulling in the same direction. And we’re gonna do this. I’m not discouraged one bit. We’re gonna keep on plugging.”