Mark Stoops, Neal Brown, and DJ Eliot sat down with Tom Leach at the UK Alumni luncheon in Louisville to preview the upcoming season, and there were a few newsworthy tidbits worth sharing.
Obviously, two of the stars of the 2013 class are Jason Hatcher and Ryan Timmons. DJ Eliot said that landing those two in-state stars was so important that Stoops asked him to visit them on day one: “I was hired at 8 a.m. I think by 10, I was in Timmons’ school. By noon, I was in Hatcher’s.”
Stoops says that was not a coincidence: “Timmons and Hatcher are pretty important, right?”
In fact, Stoops said that landing Hatcher was a crucial first step in changing the mindset around the program in the Louisville area: “We want to let people know we walk in here in Louisville and Trinity that Kentucky’s here. We’re not messing around.”