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Recruit Mark Stoops said no to coach Nick Saban

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)
Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Count Mark Stoops as a Nick Saban fan even if he did snub the current Alabama coach once several years ago.

Kentucky plays at No. 1 Alabama Saturday night and Saban will be trying to keep his team undefeated and on track for another national title.

Kentucky, despite what Stoops says, likely will be simply trying to survive.

“I admire an awful lot about Coach Saban. It’s hard to define all those things, but anybody that’s in this business – this coaching profession is built on respect, and it starts there. I have great respect for what he’s done and how disciplined he is and the work ethic that he has,” Stoops said Monday.

Stoops making changes to help UK stop beating itself

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)
Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After two losses to start the season, Kentucky fans are ready for some changes. Apparently so is coach Mark Stoops.

On his weekly radio show Monday night, Stoops indicated to Tom Leach that he’ll be even more active with the defense. He was defensive coordinator at Florida State before coming to UK where D.J. Eliot has been his defensive coordinator.

The UK defense has been shredded the last eight games and Stoops has always had a hands-on approach with the defense. But now he might be ready to take completely over.

Mark Stoops, Shannon Dawson saying right things

Shannon Dawson, left, and Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)
Shannon Dawson, left, and Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

Shannon Dawson, left, and Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Coaches know how to say all the right things going into any game. No wonder Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and Southern Mississippi offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson are sharing the love this week going into Saturday’s game.

Well, maybe not exactly sharing the love, but they certainly are not saying anything bad about each other even though Stoops fired Dawson after just one season at UK when the Cats finished 5-7 last year. UK ranked 95th nationally in scoring offense (24.7 points per game) and 89th in total yards per game (372) in 2015.

Stoops: Team chemistry is “wonderful”

Mark Stoops (Keith Taylor Photo)
Mark Stoops (Keith Taylor Photo)

Mark Stoops (Keith Taylor Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Looking for a reason to feel optimistic about the upcoming Kentucky football season.

Well, here’s one from Kentucky coach Mark Stoops.

“I think the team chemistry is wonderful. I really do. Our players have really invested a lot. They’ve worked hard. They have a good mentality. They have a good mindset. And I’ve been pleased with that. I really have,” Stoops said.

One thing I’ve learned about Stoops is that he’s not one to embellish. If he was not happy with the team chemistry, he would either say so or certainly would not lavish praise like he did.

Stoops: Cats have to find way to make winning plays

Vicky Graff Photo
Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Q. Coach, you reference that you had some near misses last couple of years. Obviously that’s frustrating. When you review those four quarters, if you will, what seems to be the commonality, what keeps happening that you are coming up short in those situations?
COACH MARK STOOPS: Part of it is play-making ability. When the play is on the line, you have the ability to make plays. There’s several games. You look at Auburn game last year where we throw a ball down to the three-yard line and came up fractions off from catching it. We need to make that play. We need to do the things I’ve talked about in the offseason. Pay the price to put yourself in those positions, whether it’s training. We need to finish the season better. Again, that goes to training and training our players to be able to handle more in all situations.

Stoops not shy about bowl expectations

Coach StoopsBy LARRY VAUGHT

For the first time since he got to Kentucky,  Mark Stoops is enjoying the talking season before preseason practice starts in two weeks.

His first three UK teams have been a combined 12-24 but he thinks a bowl game is coming and Stoops did not shy away from that on ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday night.

“That’s not something we talked about the past couple of years, because I didn’t know if we were quite ready for that. I do feel like we do have the pieces for that this year. I do. I’ve got a lot of confidence in what our team has done. We’ve put the work in and I feel great with the coaching staff. And it’s time,” Stoops said.

Athletes, coaches, golfers all enjoy Swings For Soldiers Classic

Eddie Gran with Swings for Soldiers Classic volunteer Lesley Prater. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)
Allison Tamme, left, checks on Swings for Soldiers Classic honorees Monday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Allison Tamme, left, checks on Swings for Soldiers Classic honorees Monday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — I’ve only missed one of the seven Swings For Soldiers Classic events hosted by Allison and Jacob Tamme to raise money for Homes For Our Troops and it’s a terrific event that has raised over $500,000 to build specially adapted homes.

Monday’s event at the University Club outside Lexington was no different.

It starts with the Tammes greeting everyone as they pull into the entrance to the club and giving participants their special Swings for Soldiers Classic goody bag.

Drew Barker has the moxie that Stoops likes

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)
Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops didn’t have any trouble explaining what he liked about sophomore quarterback Drew Barker during the Southeastern Conference Media Days Wednesday.

“What I liked about him right from the very beginning is how competitive he is. He has that moxie on the field,” Stoops said. “He’s a big guy. Physically, he’s a strong guy. He can run when necessary. And he has that ability to create plays. He’s a playmaker. He’s a gamer.

Mark Stoops not a fan of satellite camps

Mark Stoops is not a fan of satellite camps. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops is not a fan of satellite camps. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKFORT — During Tuesday’s Governor’s Cup press conference, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops made it clear he was not a fan of satellite camps, college football’s newest fad.

Stoops likes seeing Barker become better leader with no BS

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKFORT — Quarterback Drew Barker continues to impress Kentucky coach Drew Barker.

“I saw a great growth out of Drew. It’s hard to put an exact figure or definition on that. He had the best spring he had ever academically,” Stoops said Wednesday at the Governor’s Cup here. “It was more – the leadership that I saw was really leading by example.

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