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.