Kentucky coach Stoops gets Florida question -- again

Posted at 11:56 PM, Jul 18, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky ended its 31-game losing streak against Florida last year. Now, coach Mark Stoops was asked a tongue-in-cheek question about whether the Wildcats were ready to start a winning streak against the Gators.

The coach drew some laughs Thursday at Southeastern Conference media days after he groaned and said, "Oh, come on now."

Stoops said with a grin, "I'm just going to avoid that question."

Kentucky won 10 games last year for the first time in 41 years but must replace several stars from that team, including running back Benny Snell and linebacker Josh Allen. The Wildcats are part of the increasingly competitive Eastern Division. Georgia and Florida are expected to finish near the top but just about everyone in the division has high expectations.

Stoops said: "It's no surprise that the East is improving. But we all know so is the West. So you're just trying to constantly do your part. I can't be affected (with) what's going on with the rest of the league, you know. We've really got to focus on Kentucky."