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By LARRY VAUGHT
Here’s a bit more from my recent conversation with UK defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, a coach I believe UK fans are going to really love as they get to know him more and see how his players perform.
Question: When you recruit, what do you tell players and their parents about Kentucky?
Brumbaugh: “The first thing I do is sell the head coach. Coach Stoops is guy you have to believe in. It is my job to get you to understand what kind of person our head coach is. That is not very hard because he is a genuine guy that cares about the player and person. That’s not a hard sell. Next thing I sell is that you are going to have a good teacher. We have a lot of good teachers that care about you getting better. It is not feather in their cap just because they signed you. They want you to get better. But any time you truly believe in something, it is easy selling it.”
Question: What’s one thing UK fans might not know about you that you wish they did?
Brumbaugh: “I have a lot of passion for coaching and teaching and I love to see players do well not only on field but off the field. When they get a degree and are successful that is the best feeling in world. You know you have done everything you can to help them not only on the field but in the classroom. That’s why are in this business — to watch guys do well, graduate and take care of their family.:
Question: What do you like to do away from football?
Brumbaugh: “We do not get a lot of time off. I really like to spend time with my son and what he does. In about four years he will be in college. I really cherish my days with him. He will be grown up and gone. I just focus on that. He is going to be a quarterback at Henry Clay and is a freshman. I just spend time with him. We are on the road here and there. You hear all the stories about coaches not spending time with their kids, but I try to make sure I do spend time with him.”