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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops got a little needed inspiration from a source familiar to UK football fans — former coach Rich Brooks.
The two talked Monday after Brooks returned to Lexington for last weekend’s Alabama game.
“I really enjoyed it. That’s the second time we got a chance to sit down and talk, and I love visiting with him and have a lot of respect for coach Brooks and what he’s done, and I want him to feel welcome and be around here,” Stoops said Tuesday. “He came to practice today and I asked him to talk to the team for a little bit, and it was great. It was a great message, and Coach was here and visited with the team for a few minutes, and I love that.”
Brooks, like Stoops, faced major problems trying to win when he took the job.
“He’s got a lot of experience and he really understands this place, and it does help. So it was good. He was actually telling me that – I forget what year it was – the year they took a thumpin’ (by) LSU and they had a bye week and they came back and won five of their next six,” Stoops said. “So that was good to hear.
“I’m not getting that far ahead of myself. I’m worried about one. I would just like to get one (win), but it was good to hear that. I think that’s where he started turning the program. It just clicked and it turned and they had some good success from there. So it was good to hear those stories and just visit with him.”