By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops faced a difficult decision on senior Raymond Sanders, his leading rusher and a player he consistently praised all season for his leadership.
Sanders was suspended for UK’s final game against Tennessee, the same game where UK’s senior would be honored in a pregame ceremony. Did he ban Sanders from participating since he was suspended? Did he let him participate because of what he had meant to the team all season?
Stoops opted to let him participate with 18 other teammates in the pregame ceremony and he received a nice ovation from Kentucky fans.
“He made a mistake. You know, he didn’t make a mistake to dismiss him from the team,” Stoops said after the game. “He just couldn’t play in this game. I don’t see why ‑‑ I didn’t want that to define Raymond for the rest of his time for all that he did. That wasn’t, in my opinion, the right thing to do.”
Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think of Stoops’ decision and his loyalty to Sanders for what he did from the time Stoops arrived until he did make his one mistake.