Mark Stoops and Charlie Strong got together this afternoon to promote their teams’ upcoming meeting, the 26th of the rivalry, on September 14. The luncheon, held at the Hustbourne Country Club in Louisville, featured a golf tournament and several special guests, including former UofL coach Lee Corso and former UK coach Fran Curci.
Here’s a brief rundown of what Stoops had to say at the podium after their meal…
— The highlight of the day was a quote from Mark Stoops about this offseason’s ‘Yahtzee!’ phenomenon on Twitter. As Mrs. Tyler informed you in the post below, Stoops was asked if he plays Yahtzee!, and he responded, “Absolutely we play Yahtzee! I’m pretty good, but Coach Marrow, he’s kind of the best.”
— Stoops also reminded reporters that he was 11-0 in in-state rivalry games throughout his coaching career until last season. He said he isn’t going to pretend like the Governor’s Cup is just another game.
— If you’d like to see the Louisville game moved back to the first game of the season, don’t get your hopes up. Stoops said he likes to play a couple games before facing a rival but he will talk to administration about it. He added that the game could be in jeopardy if the SEC goes to nine games, but that’s beyond his control.
— A UK football player recently tweeted that he can’t wait to wear suits for the Cat Walk prior to games. Today Stoops said that tweet was a little premature but he’s working on instituting a suit-only policy on gamedays. “That Twitter will get you,” he said of the tweet.
— Big Blue Nation, you have been “phenomenal” in helping out with recruiting, he says. Pat yourself on the back.
Stoops will be back at the podium on Friday for the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club Wildcat Kickoff Luncheon.