By LARRY VAUGHT
This is part of a series with Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops based on a recent interview with him that I hope will offer insights into his personality and philosophies that you have not read about before.
Question: Can Kentucky win a SEC and national championship and what would it take for that to happen?
Stoops: “I’m not making any of those predictions. I’m just saying there’s no reason – why would you not? We’re here every day working and recruiting and developing our players to win. You don’t want somebody sitting back here behind this desk that’s conceding that. I understand the obstacles that lie ahead. I understand the challenges as much as anybody. But again, that doesn’t mean that I’m just going to accept losing to anybody. We’re going to develop and we’re going to recruit and we’re going to play to win.”
Question: Do recruits ask about winning?
Stoops: “Sure. I think they want to know. I think that’s a big part of recruiting the higher level of recruits – how or are we going to win? The only thing we do – we don’t sit there and make predictions to recruits. We sit there and show them exactly what we’re going to do in our program. When they come in, this is me. I address them. This is your head coach. Boom. This is your high-performance coach. This is your offensive coach. This is a system of what we’re going to do offensively. This is a system of what we’re going to do defensively. This is who we are and then we go through the whole weekend, we go through the whole process. It is what it is. We’re not sitting here with some silver tongue telling them that we’re going to make predictions, do this or do that. We show them what we do and what we have done.”