By LARRY VAUGHT
FRANKFORT — It’s always good to see former Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks and he was a popular man at today’s Governor’s Cup in Frankfort.
So I decided to ask current UK coach Mark Stoops, who could be on the hot seat in his fourth season at UK just like Brooks was, what was the best advice he had received from the former coach.
“There’s a lot of good advice I’ve gotten from coach Brooks. We’ve been known to have a few bourbons together, and it gets real deep at that point,” Stoops said.
“No, you see – last night if you were at the cocktail party, the first thing you see is the great respect from his previous players and all the people that worked with him and coached with him. I haven’t heard it lately, but when I first got here they said, ‘You remind me of coach Brooks.’ I said, ‘Well that’s a real compliment,’ because I think the world of him,” Stoops said.
“I always tease him, say he’s a Hall of Fame coach. He says, ‘My record is not good enough.’ Well I say, ‘You deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.’
“He’s spoke to our team whenever he’s around, he always visits with myself and my staff. He’s a great man, great leader. He’s always willing to help and do anything he can to help our program move forward. We embrace that and we love having him in Kentucky and we love having him here today.”