KYLIE ELLIS: There’s a good chance that you’ll have a coach who’s going to give you the best chance at winning football games.
He’s going for the same thing that you’re going for, that’s winning, winning and winning, and you’re the coach.
The biggest difference is, he’s going in with a different set of standards.
The last coach that I saw that had the same mindset was (Frank) Beamer.
The other guy that I looked at was Mark Stoops.
The guys that have gone before them have been very successful at winning games, but they didn’t have a set of expectations for themselves.
Stoops didn’t (have a set) of expectations.
But the difference is there are coaches who have that mindset and they’ve got a different understanding of what the difference between winning and losing is.
It’s not just about winning.
You have to win, too.
There are a lot of people that go into college and they don’t win.
They don’t make the playoffs.
It doesn’t matter what their record is.
The difference is they win and they make it.
They go in there and they win, and then they sit around and say, “Man, I don’t have to do anything.”
You just go out and you win.
You’re the guy.
That’s what I’m saying, and I’m talking about Kentucky football.
You can win, but you can’t win with that mindset.
I’ve coached many, many teams that have had a bunch of success but have struggled to win.
We have the same guys, so we’re not different.
But if you look at the last couple of years, we’ve been getting better and better, but I think it’s a big, big part of the reason why.
But I’m a firm believer that you can win football games if you’re consistent.
You don’t need to be a great coach, you just need to win football football games, period.
If you win football, that means you win every game.
You win games.
That means you can get to the Final Four.
That makes you a better coach.
You get to win those games, you get to put a stamp on that program.
The only difference is if you can put that stamp on a program and get to a Final Four, you’re a winner.
The next guy is going to have to make that commitment.
If they do, you’ll be the next coach, because you’re doing the same things.
You got to be consistent.
If we go back and look at what they’re doing, they’re trying to win every year.
They’re not going to win the next year.
It will be different next year, but if they do that, they can.
And that’s the thing that I’m always talking about.
It won’t change.
It might change for you, but it won’t have any impact on the outcome of the game.
It has to be that you play football.
It can’t be a one-year thing.
You’ve got to win games every year, and if you don’t, you can still be successful.
We don’t want to be the team that’s doing the wrong things.
We’re not trying to be too hard on the players.
We want to get them to understand that they can play at a higher level if they just do it right.
And we want them to go out there and play at their best.
That is the way I want to play.
That was the way (former coach) Steve Spurrier used to play it.
He was going to beat you, so you had to win at some point, and he said the same to me.
He used to say, You’ve gotta beat ’em, and that’s all I ever said to anybody, and it’s the way that I’ve always played it.
I can’t tell you what to do.
I’ll tell you this: If you do your job, you’ve got the ability to beat ‘im, and they’ll play you right.
I mean, that was the philosophy, and we still have it, and hopefully it will continue.
It probably will, but we’ll have to get the players to understand it.
That has to change.
There’s no question that if you take out the distractions that you get at home and get them focused, that they’ll do it.
You know, I’ve never been on a recruiting trip, but my kids are all out on the road, so it’s going out there with them, and doing some recruiting.
And then you’ve gotta get them excited about it.
And so that’s where I think we need to go.
I think our players have been spoiled by all the distractions at home, and the distractions of having a recruiting network.
And I think they need to learn how to handle that.
And if they’re excited about what they do out