Sports Illustrated’s Zac Ellis has a nice profile of Mark Stoops’ first months as Kentucky’s new football coach. Ellis summarizes what Stoops has done on the recruiting trail so far, most notably landing big in-state talents like Jason Hatcher and Ryan Timmons. Even more so, he’s brought football to the front of fans’ minds during basketball season, something unheard of until now:
In a few short months, Stoops believes he’s taken steps toward bringing Kentucky back to relevance. Like any new hire, he assures such transformation won’t occur overnight, but he won’t downplay the importance of going toe-to-toe with the country’s top teams on the recruiting trail.
After all, that’s been the formula for success for another Kentucky athletic program. And if all goes according to plan, perhaps Stoops can turn some Big Blue hoop heads into football fanatics. “I don’t think coach [John] Calipari has anything to worry about there,” Stoops joked. “I think there are just enough fans around the state to support us both.”
The article doesn’t include anything we haven’t heard before, but it’s still nice to see Stoops and the football Cats getting some national recognition.