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Mark Stoops on John Calipari: “I love being around him”


Doesn’t it seem like both Mark Stoops and John Calipari recruit non-stop and are always on the go?

That’s why I asked Stoops how he gets along with the UK basketball coach and if they might exchange recruiting tips since it seems like both of  them never stop recruiting.

” “We talk, not to that extent (about recruiting tips). I love being around him. He’s been very supportive. (I’ve) gone over and had breakfast with him over at the lodge and just see their operation over there and how they’re doing things,” Stoops said. “He’s helped with recruits. He’s there. He’s made that very well-known. He’s there to help in any way.

“We’ve used him quite a bit, whether it be recruiting and different things. Certain kids we bring over to meet him. During our recruiting weekends when there was a home basketball game, each time he’s taken some time right before his game and come over and addressed our recruits real briefly. It’s been great.”

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  1. Love SEC F-Ball

    This relationship is huge for us. A lot of B-Ball coaches would not take the time to do this. A football recruits that hears Coach Cal in addition to the Football staff has to be impressed.

  2. Season Never Ends

    How great a hire has Cal been, really. Way exceeds expectations. Better than Pitino, the previous gold standard.

  3. Larry Pup

    I like our coaches. They are No. 1 in my book. This is a great thing to hear how Coach Cal and Coach Mark relate to each other. It must really be a plus in recruiting to have Cal available at times put a plug in for football. Coach Stoops and his staff are hard at it. I believe it will pay off huge in the years ahead.

  4. LindaS

    Don’t we all wish we could be around him!

  5. steve from Dayton

    Does M. Stoops have access to the same private jet that Cal has? Does UK own that? Does Coach Stoops bring along his own salad?

  6. LindaS

    I wonder if Coach Stoops wife would get upset if he forgot to bring home the dish?

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