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What does UK football coach Mark Stoops like to do with the little free time that he has?

Mark Stoops (photo by Gary Moyers)

Mark Stoops (photo by Gary Moyers)


Ever wonder what new Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops might do when he gets a break from football. So did I, so I recently asked him. Here’s what he said.

“I like to play – I like to get out and play a little golf when I get time. Even though I say that, I’ve played about four times in the last four years. I’m trying to get out more now,” said Stoops. “Now that they’ve tied me into the office, I can’t spring recruit like I used to, now I’m trying to get out and trying to get the golf swing back a little bit. I may try to get out here later this afternoon and hook up with Tim Couch and play a round.

“I’m trying to get out and do that, but it’s so consuming between my family demands because of my young children. It’s really football and then the family. What I like to do now is when I get time to get home at a decent hour is go play some baseball and go play with my kids in the backyard. He’s playing Tee ball right now so I take him to Tee ball practice when I can, take him to Tee Ball games, and just spend some time with him in our backyard playing and spending time with the kids.”

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  1. Larry Pup

    This was a great read Larry V. I like what Coach said about his family, and spending time with his boys. I believe UK has a good one in Mark Stoops. There are some things in life that must be attended to, and he is on the right track. What is his golf score?

  2. Ira

    Glad he wants to spend it with his boys. Once their grown, their grown. You don’t get those years back.

  3. Jim Harris

    Ira, you make a good point about “once they’re grown….” And then they are gone. But, as hard as it seems, I do believe some parents only see kids as a burden and are glad to be done with them ASAP—then honestly don’t seem to know why they turn out the was they do. Sad.

  4. TrueBlueJohn

    I once heard someone ask the question “How do kids spell love?” The answer is T-I-M-E. If you spend time with your kids, they will almost always have those time in their memories. It is great that our coach has those kind of priorities.

  5. steve from Dayton

    TrueBlueJohn is right. The children won’t remember the things and tows. They will remember being with you. Do it often.
    Nice article.

  6. Love SEC F-Ball

    I agree with all responses. I am sure that Coach does not have a lot of free time but he has his priorities right!

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