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Even with the same recruiting budget, Mark Stoops is getting it done


One of the previous staff’s biggest excuses for their sub par recruiting was a low recruiting budget. Cats Illustrated’s Ben Jones did a little digging, and through an open records request, discovered that UK football’s recruiting budget for 2012 and 2013 were exactly the same: $500,000. In fact, the recruiting budget for 2011 was only slightly lower at $470,000.


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23 Comments for Even with the same recruiting budget, Mark Stoops is getting it done

  1. kadizkat
    2:02 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink


  2. kadizkat
    2:03 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    OMG, I could have typed “1st”

  3. MonkeyHumpnaFootball
    2:05 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops is selling his last name and his experience at ND. Joker, no so much. Anyway glad to see Stoops & Staff getting it done.

  4. Bigbluetrue
    2:10 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    I hope that a recruiting budget will never again be used as an excuse for mediocrity. That being said, I also hope that moving forward that the football program will be fully funded in ALL areas to keep it at a competitive level with the SEC.

  5. RealCatsFan
    2:12 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    I guess sending letters is cheaper than cheesy Photoshop campaigns.

  6. PhilUK18
    2:12 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    3- Stoops has never coached at ND. His biggest job until this one had been D Coordinator at FSU. The biggest difference, I think, in recruiting so far has been Stoops connections in Ohio. It’s one of the best high school football states in the nation, right at our doorstep, and not recruited heavily by the SEC (since OSU and the rest of the Big 10 get most of the best players). Lots of hidden gems, and hopefully some 4 and maybe 5 star guys in the future will be coming to UK from Ohio in the Stoops Era

  7. Jealous
    2:22 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    We are all seeing what Joker is capable of when he (presumably) gets a bigger budget to play with. What high ranking WR recruit wouldn’t want to go play for an aspiring graphic artist?

  8. BigRush
    2:24 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s just be honest… We all know Joker was not that good. I think STOOPS has done a great job and is a great fit, but honestly if there were comparisons where Stoops wasn’t better than Joker… Then we would be in bad shape again. That’s how pathetic joker was. Nice guy… Horrible coach. Who doesn’t give Cobb the ball with the game on the line in the 4th quarter against Tennessee? Only an idiot.

  9. SteveM
    2:25 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Just shows what a bum Phillips was.

  10. MonkeyHumpnaFootball
    2:26 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    #6 I meant FSU. I was going to point out the best Joker could do was mention his time on staff at ND ad deleted and got brain farted.

  11. Duuuuuude
    2:31 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Not a Joker fan, but it is simply untrue that Joker complained about his recruiting budget. He felt it was unlimited. He just did not get much bang for the buck.

  12. RICK
    2:32 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Any chance we beat the cards this year.

  13. btowncatfan
    2:42 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Hate to disagree, but I agree with 11. Joker was asked point blank about this issue. He stated the budget was never a problem. He was given all the resources he needed, he just sucked. #STOOPSTROOPS

  14. stoops
    2:44 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink


  15. bigcat76
    2:58 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Give me that in singles, I’ll take ’em to Camelot

  16. douggercats
    3:00 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    500 G’s can buy a lot of plastic tables and chairs.

  17. Cats
    3:01 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    #8 ON POINT! How in the hell did he not get the ball in Cobb’s hands late in the 4th. I still have nightmare of what an awful call that was

  18. Bald Guy
    3:05 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Budget for recruiting vs. work ethic… different story

  19. Georgia Blue
    3:19 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    BUDGET was never the problen with recruiting. Facilities and Recruiting Room was the most thing people was talking about. Every SEC TEAMS was upgrading their STADIUM or Pratice Facility. I think it is unfair to compare Stoops and Joker. You can’t compare FSU to UK or Texas Tech to UK. Both schools are football schools where they have BIG BOOSTERS. Stoops has track records where recruits can see where he help develope NFL PLAYERS. Who has Joker sent to the NFL like STOOPS. The same goes with Calapari with UK BASKETBALL when recruiting selling NBA 1st round. Stoops and company just come from a football school and knows UK is behind time when developing players for the SEC. RECRUITING is good, but when they get here how is your program compared to the other SEC Schools. How is your TRAINING TABLE, WEIGHT ROOM, PRACTICE FIELD, NUTRTIONIST PROGRAM and Etc. compred to everybody else

  20. Bald Guy
    4:26 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    19. Stoops and fam get no credit for what they accomplished at Arizona… you are obviously just hopping on this bandwagon… at the very least learn how to use wikipedia. Stoops did not just show up at FSU or get a legacy spot on the staff like Joker pal. Joker will show his worth at Florida… no need to bad mouth but lets see how long he can coach elite talent before those folks get tired of paying a “nice” guy.

  21. stukco
    6:09 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    #11 is right. Joker specifically said budget was never a problem for recruiting. They just couldn’t get it done. Stoops happens.

  22. Georgia Blue
    6:12 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Hopping on what bandwagon Bald Guy. STOOPS and Company track record speaks for itself. What defensive player wouldn’t want to play for a coach that knows his stuff. Name a 5STAR player Joker got to come to Kentucky compared to STOOPS while at FSU. How players from STOOPS defense this year from FSU was drafted. STOOPS TRACK RECORD speaks for itself Bald Guy. And for as Joker coaching , He might not be a Head Coach , but he does know the WR POSITION , because he played it in College and NFL. Plus , he coach some great ones at UK. Plus does ARIZONA football be in the news like FSU. So before you start jumping off at the mouth do a little homework. STOOPS and Company saw that UK Football program was in the PRE-HISTORIC AGE compared to the other SEC SCHOOLS. THAT’S , Why the players have a TRAINING TABLE and other things that they did have under JOKER NOW.I am glad for a CHANGE

  23. Georgia Blue
    6:16 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink