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Celebrate Mark Stoops’ Birthday with his 6 Greatest Moments at UK


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Mark Stoops just got another year further removed from his playing days at the University of Iowa. Today the Youngstown native and Kentucky head football coach turned 52 years young.

To celebrate the occasion, let’s look back at six of his greatest moments as the Cats’ coach over his first six seasons in Lexington.

“We’re just getting started, bro.”

After consecutive two-win seasons, Kentucky fans were starving for a significant win. In his second season at the helm, Stoops’ troops were a delay of game in The Swamp away from snapping The Streak to Florida.

Snake bit with a difficult second half of the schedule, one of the BBN’s favorite enemies came to town. Riding on the back of JoJo Kemp, Kentucky overcame a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to take down Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks with a Bud Dupree Pick Six.

After Kemp delivered a powerful message on the field, Stoops gave Matt Jones a call on the KSR Postgame Show. The first of many eventful and entertaining calls to the show, Stoops provided an exclamation point in his message to the fans, “We’re just getting started, bro.”

Schlarman’s Game Ball

Four years after the close call at The Swamp, Stoops finally got his victory in Gainesville. Kentucky’s first win over Florida in 31 years featured big plays from the defense, gutsy third down moves from Terry Wilson and most importantly, dominance at the line of scrimmage.

Florida simply could not slow down the Cats on the ground, punctuated by Bunchy Stallings’ fourth quarter pancake, Kentucky finished with 303 yards of rushing. Once the game was over, Stoops could have taken credit for the accomplishment. Instead, he poured praise all over the team and handed the ball to John Schlarman. A man who had never defeated Florida as a player or a coach, finally got his victory as he was battling cancer. The game ball was perfect poetic justice.

Hiring (and Keeping) Vince Marrow

Mark Stoops found early success on the recruiting front in the state of Ohio. That could not have happened without his righthand man, Vince Marrow. It’s hard to imagine Stoops without The Big Dog. Last year’s success could not have happened if Marrow departed for Michigan. Luckily, Vince kept his promise to Mrs. Stoops and remained in Lexington.

Signing Austin MacGinnis

Mark Stoops probably would not be here without the greatest kicker to ever lace them up for the Wildcats. MacGinnis played high school football in Alabama, but the Crimson Tide don’t offer kickers scholarships. Stoops gladly handed a scholarship to the man who beat Mississippi State and Louisville in the final minute.

Crowd Surfing

Has there ever been a better celebration for a walk-off win? I think not.

The REAL Blue and White

The Swaggy Stoops we first heard after the South Carolina victory reached a new level when Kentucky’s 2018 season culminated with a tenth victory at the Citrus Bowl. His final words took a shot at Penn State’s James Franklin, letting the world know who wears the real blue and white.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 responses to “Celebrate Mark Stoops’ Birthday with his 6 Greatest Moments at UK”

  1. ukkatzfan

    Happy Birthday Coach !!!

  2. SuperTroy18

    If he stays long enough, he might go down as the best HC in school history. And with one of the best ever having called Lexington home for a short period, that’s saying something.

  3. panicpat

    Man. That coach Schlarman speech gets me every time.

    1. ClutchCargo

      Same. I can’t see ever deleting that SEC Network recap show from my DVR.

  4. imabucket

    I really hope Florida State doesn’t suck again this year or else I think they’re going to offer stoops a contract he can’t refuse. Or would Stoops turn it down and reap the benefits of his hard work .One thing that may be working in his favor is being so close to home(Ohio) but at the same time I feel he would have a better shot at winning a national title at Florida state with the talent they have in HS football down there . What do you guys think?

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      I would be afraid that he would take that also. Bobby Bowden turned FSU into one of the Rolls Royce programs. I hope I’m wrong…hopefully Taggart will turn it around and we won’t have to worry.

  5. Duuuuuude

    So glad he is our coach, and I hope he creates many more memories here.

  6. N-UR-i

    Coach Stoops is a UK legend, and this is home. I get the feeling he is a man a genuine character who appreciates all the support UK gave him early on, and is loyal to UK now. It would need to be a bigger program than Florida State to pull him away. Someone like OSU, maybe.

    1. IndianaSucks

      I think I get what you’re saying but Florida State is pretty big in the football realm…

  7. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Happy belated birthday Coach Stoops!