After going a few months without speaking to Kentucky Football’s fearless leader, Coach Stoops and the Media Relations department thought it would be a great idea to allow us to see him not only this morning, but also following today’s first practice. The players and staff couldn’t contain their excitement all day, with Patrick Towles’ Mojo at an all-time high. Here’s a quick run-down of what Coach Stoops had to say after his first official practice as a Head Coach.
-Coach Stoops actually came with a surprise announcing that the Running Backs face another slight set back. Dyshawn Mobley is recovering from a hernia and will not be able to practice until around August 15th after undergoing surgery a few weeks back. Coach Stoops expects Dyshawn to be ready to go by the beginning of the season.
– Coach Stoops spent all Spring getting his players used to the much more uptempo pace of practice, calling upon them to improve their conditioning to heights they had not reached before. After day one of practice, Stoops is very pleased with their substantial improvements, brought on by Coach Korem and his staff, “The guys did an awful lot of work in the summer. You could tell they’re are more explosive and in much better shape, along with more depth. We are a much better football team than when we left Spring.”
– Since Coach Stoops had already talked to the media once today, there was bound to be a little reiteration of what he said earlier. What he’s been most excited about since they reported yesterday is the players’ attitudes. The excitement you in their faces and body language around campus has transferred onto the field, likely bringing a much better product than before.
– There is a 5-day NCAA rule regulating the beginning of the practice season. Today and tomorrow they performed with just helmets, adding shoulder pads for the rest of the week before strapping up in full pads next week when two-a-days begin. While that remains the standard from years past, Stoops has tinkered with the way camp works. The players no longer have to go through the anxiety of moving in and out of dorms, allowing them to rest easy in their own beds and “put a little more money in their pockets” (whatever that means?). The practice schedule also allows the players more time to rest, giving their bodies a ‘day off’ (he reassured us that it wouldn’t be completely ‘off’) on Sundays and Thursdays and allowing them to sleep in, practicing in the afternoons through the majority of camp into the regular season.
– While Coach Stoops remained excited to have a full team together for the first time (they were freshman-less during the Spring), the most interesting discovery occurred in the media waiting room. If you re-watch Coach Stoops press conference, you will hear a little break in the conversation when he addresses a few folks as to why they were holding back giggles during his speech. The media members felt a little disrespectful, but couldn’t keep themselves from nearly tearing up when an unknown media member was firing stink bombs in the crowd. “Media Day Fartgate” continued through Coach Eliot’s presser, arriving at the podium saying, “I knew I shouldn’t have ate that.” The culprit is still unknown, but one John Clay was awfully quiet when this colorful conversation was taking place. Does Mr. Clay possess class, or is the denier the supplier? KSR investigative reporting is on it and will keep you up to date with all of the breaking news regarding “Media Day Fartgate”.