Mark Stoops shouldered the blame for Kentucky’s loss to Florida on Saturday night, but Wesley from McRoberts, Ky., tried his best to build the coach back up.
Wesley called in during Mark Stoops’ radio show Monday night and delivered an emotional defense of Stoops and the program after the 28-27 loss.
“I don’t have a question for Coach. I just want to tell Coach ‘thank you,'” Wesley said. “He came to Kentucky four years ago, and all the Kentucky fans, the only thing we ask to do is to compete in football in the SEC. And for the first time in 31 years on Saturday, we got to watch the Kentucky Wildcats have a double-digit lead for four quarters.”
Wesley then spoke through tears.
“That’s all we ever asked,” he said. “These Kentucky fans talking about, ‘Fire Mark Stoops, kick Nick Haynes off the team.’ No. This is what we wanted. This is what we asked for, to compete.”
“Thank you,” Stoops responded. “I appreciate you Wesley for your support, because believe me, it’s heartfelt.”
. @UKCoachStoops appreciates all the support from BBN. "Wesley" says what many BBNers are thinking:
— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) September 25, 2017
Stoops said earlier in the show that he’s paid to be criticized. Kentucky twice left Florida receivers uncovered for touchdowns. Haynes, whom Wesley referenced, was called for holding in a crucial spot on Kentucky’s final drive.
Florida extended its winning streak to 31 games against Kentucky.