It’s 1 p.m. on July 3rd. Be honest: you’re not working. Even if you are, you need to put on those earphones and listen to today’s podcast. UK head coach Mark Stoops called in to the radio show this morning to talk about his team, recruiting, and how he’s preparing for the toughest schedule in the nation. The podcast is already up, and here are the can’t miss moments:
— Stoops said that the outpouring of support from the fan base has been “overwhelming, surprising, and nothing but helpful” when it comes to recruiting. And about that stellar 2014 class? Stoops calls it “a little better than expected this early due to great leadership” from the current commitments. Drew Barker and Thaddeus Snodgrass, he’s talking about you.
— How does Stoops feel about Michigan State’s Mark D’Antonio’s comments about Kentucky lacking the continuity needed for prime-time recruiting? Stoops admitted that in the past, that’s probably been a little bit true, but “not with this staff.” Get used to Yahtzee and Stoops, because they’re here to stay: “We plan on being there for a long time. We plan on winning a lot of games and doing well in recruiting. A lot of people better get used to it.”
— Stoops rolled on, telling Matt and the fans the staff is “not afraid to go battle anybody and be ourselves.” Kentucky’s already gone toe-to-toe with some of the top schools in the nation for recruits and won. Why? Stoops credited the fan base, the upcoming improvements to Commonwealth and the Nutter Field House, and simply “persistence, working hard, and getting to know these recruits and having them get to know our staff.”
— It won’t be easy. Kentucky has the toughest schedule in the nation, and many think the most important game of the season is the first one against Western Kentucky and Bobby Petrino. What say you, Stoops? “We’ve gotta get off on the right foot. All of this work we’ve done …we need to go out on the field and prove it. The bottom line is, we need to win some games.”
There’s plenty more great stuff that’ll make you ache for football season. Stoops comes on right at the beginning of the second hour.
Bring your boss over. They’ll want to listen, too.