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Mark Stoops on if Kentucky can win the SEC East: “Why not?”

Mark Stoops
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When the Kentucky Wildcats take the field vs. Auburn next Saturday on the SEC Network, Mark Stoops will field one of his deepest, most talented rosters since arriving in Lexington in 2013.

Two games into the 2016 season, Stoops owned a 12-26 record at Kentucky. With a win at Auburn in the season opener, Stoops would hold a winning record for the first time as a head coach (44-44 through seven seasons).

The UK coach joined SEC This Morning Thursday on SiriusXM to discuss the 2020 season. Host Peter Burns asked Stoops if Kentucky can win the SEC East.

“Why not,” Stoops asked. “We understand it’s a great challenge. We take the approach that we need to handle our business each and every day. We want to play with an attitude and a chip on our shoulder; however, it’s about executing and doing the right things. I’ve taken the approach since I’ve walked in the doors here to try and do the right thing and to work our tails off every day. I said that in the first press conference I was in. We’re going to attack every day, but I can only control that. I feel like we’ve done the right things and put the pieces in place to be successful for the time that I’ve been here.

“Now I think there’s a lot of schools in this league that have been doing things right for 50, 100 years and we’re also trying to get there. I can promise you that we’re putting the pieces in place, and we’re working, and we’re taking that mentality since I’ve walked in the door here.”

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