LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -Entering the year, a five win season would have been solid progress for the Wildcats. But after a hot start, things have changed and head coach Mark Stoops knows it.
“You know I'm quite disappointed whenever we lose, no matter who we are playing and what the situation it is,” Stoops said at his weekly press conference.
And here is the situation now for the Wildcats (5-5, 2-5 SEC). They have two games left. They need to win just one to become bowl eligible.
But wins have been hard to come by recently. The Wildcats come into Saturday's game at Tennessee (4-5, 1-4 SEC) on a four game losing streak.
“We could all live with the results if we play the very best we can. We can certainly do things better, starting with me, and that's the approach we're always going to take, never going to cave to that."
Stoops said Monday some of the players are taking accountability for the losses while others are not. One player in particular he pointed out was J.D. Harmon, saying he's making a decision “not to help us."
“I have a real hard time singling guys out, but when guys are not doing what we ask them to do consistently and people's jobs are on the line, that's not acceptable."
Stoops was upset about Harmon's play on special teams Saturday in the loss to Georgia. After seeing Harmon out of position multiple times, Stoops said of Harmon Monday: “can't trust him, can't play him.”
Stoops would later say he would continue trying to work with the former walk-on cornerback.
As for their matchup with Tennessee, history will again, not be on the side of the Wildcats. They've dropped 28 of 29 games against the Vols including 14 straight on the road.
“Again, the record isn't good. I would like to play with the same mentality we did at the Florida game, just like to see our guys compete at that level across the board. “
Kickoff is Saturday at 4 from Knoxville.