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The Kentucky Football Word of the Year

by Johnny Pittman

 

Immaturity. The seven voices inside my head all agreed – which isn’t often. The display of football that HC Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats gave this year is best described as immature.

They said he was too young to mine, but he went out and in just one day made this iconic photo. (courtesy: Child Labor Department 1900)

They said he was too young to mine, but he went out and in just one day made this iconic photo. (courtesy: Child Labor Department 1900)

They said he was too young to mine, but he went out and in just one day made this iconic photo. (courtesy: Child Labor Department 1900)
The definition of immature is, “the state of being…not fully grown.”
Although HC Mark Stoops is out of one of the finest football coaching families and spent time at D1 powerhouse Florida State as a DC and linebackers coach, he still is only in his second year of calling ‘all the shots himself’. HC Mark Stoops is not even close to fully grown as a head football coach.

Immature football teams are young.
Yes I know, and this actually works to the Wildcat’s benefit. On the offensive side of the ball Kentucky only loses SR LT Jordan Swindle and he is backed up by SO Cole Mosier. Even though this didn’t work to the ‘Cats advantage this year – with the proper development coupled with the enormous experience already achieved. This fact about immaturity can give UK fans something they’re tired of having but have in spades – HOPE.

Immature football teams have penalty problems.
The penalty number for this year is 70 penalties for 659 yards. Thats an average of 6+/game at 54+ yards/game. This number is misleading. It really has more to do with the timing of the penalties. A primary example, that is branded in my memory, is Josh Forrest’s exuberant celebration that led to a 15yd penalty and put Louisville in the drivers seat for their first score.
Immature football teams have chemistry problems.
When the adversity started to come in droves for the University of KY football team this year, there was rumblings to come out of the ‘locker room’ that there were players not giving it their all on the field and even for certain quarterbacks. Teams don’t scream, ‘We don’t have problems.’ When they don’t have problems.

http://vaughtsviews.com/sports/college/uk/football/boom-williams-we-believe-in-patrick-towles-percent/article_86d434be-5ff2-11e5-8cfd-f70f5e8759d3.html

Immature football teams have off-the-field issues.
Fights at EKU. See above answer.

Immature football teams can’t hold leads.
See Louisville game November 28, 2015.

Immature football teams don’t internalize pressure and perform – they externalize pressure and fail.
See Louisville game November 28, 2015.

 

Immature football teams suffer from a lack of quality leadership from the top down.
This factual statement about immaturity begins the vicious circular argument that leads us to the final fact..

See below:

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An immature football team’s only cure is time. And the question that has to be asked is, ‘Will the fanbase want to deal with adolescence again?’

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