LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Mark Stoops' previous employer is in the middle of the national championship discussion. But the first-year Kentucky head coach wouldn't trade his current gig for anything, even a shot at a title with Florida State.
"I'm very proud of being a part, just a cog in the wheel down there to help them get to that point," said the former Florida State defensive coordinator. "I think it's a lot of fun for them because I know so many of the coaches and the players and just very happy for them. I hope they continue to win. I'm sure they will. Very proud of being a part of that and helping them get to that point. I think hats off to them because I think they even took it to another level and are doing a great job. Very happy.
"And for me that's no reflection of this. I couldn't be ‑‑ I love what I'm doing. I love where I'm at. I tell our players that. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else, and that's the truth, because I think it's a great challenge, and I'm very optimistic about the future. You guys have heard me, it's like a broken record. It's tough, and I get frustrated and Sundays are hard sometimes, but once you get up and get to work and get going, I love it, and I'm full of energy and ready to go. One doesn't correlate with the other really."
Stoops and Wildcats have been working on preparations for Georgia this week. The Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3) are coming off another heartbreaking loss, a last-play "hail mary" defeat at Auburn. Kentucky (2-8, 0-6) is just trying to continue improving and grinding out a frustrating, difficult season.
"I hope they feel a little bit of pride," said Stoops when asked about how the Seniors are taking things. "We all want to win. It hurts them. It hurts them more and more because we're investing more. But I think they do see themselves playing better and they should take some pride in that because we need to change the atmosphere in the locker room on what's acceptable and not acceptable."
Stoops said he is pleased with the early recruiting for 2015, is pleased with the leadership seen in his 2014 class and sees several current redshirt Freshman who should compete for starting spots right away next season.
"I think the O‑lineman, Ramsey Meyers is a guy that's a big, physical guy that's a nasty guy that we need inside is a guy that jumps out at me right away," said the coach. "Regie Meant, again, a big guy, mean guy that I like on the D‑line. Those are ‑‑ I think all of our linemen that we're redshirting are going to be good players."
The Wildcats and Bulldogs kick off at 7:00 pm Saturday between the hedges in Athens.
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