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UK Fans of the Day Want Stoops Notes and Podcast

Why yes, that is Radio Ron and the Turtleman. I bet they’d like some notes from Mark Stoops’ press conference, don’t you?

Stoops met with the media today to address some things before leaving for Tallahassee on Thursday. He started by addressing the news of the day, UK’s two newest JUCO commitments, Steven Borden and Za’Darius Smith.

— On Steven Borden: “It was a need for us. We felt like we needed to go out and address the tight end situation.” On him being WCW wrestler Sting’s son: “I asked him at the indoor if he wanted to throw around a little bit, but he didn’t want any piece of me.”

Don’t believe me that he said that?

(Full video of the presser coming soon)

— If Borden’s commitment was big, Za’Darius Smith’s was huge. Stoops called landing Smith, a four-star defensive end, in such a short time a “unique situation.” Smith was out of official visits, so Stoops and DJ Eliot flew to see him and his mother (and the mayor of Greenville, Alabama, who met them at the plane…bizarre). Smith committing to the Cats without setting foot on campus shows the faith he has in Stoops’ vision for the program: “That was part of what we were selling: set the tone, set the precedent for new Kentucky football.”

— You better believe there were some excited people at Nutter when they heard Smith’s decision. “There were some high fives in the office today…It makes you feel very good about the future.”

— Stoops called the first 18 days of his tenure “overwhelming at times,” and that his wife has fussed at him for not calling as often. So far, he said he’s had one moment where he’s realized he’s a head coach: “I caught myself. I said, ‘Wait a minute. I am the boss.’ ”

— When asked about UK’s commitments from the previous staff, Stoops says he’s talked to some of them about letting them look at other schools because they might not fit in the new system he’s trying to install.

— When asked if he had a house in Lexington yet, Stoops said he’s putting his wife in charge of that. “I pick the job, she picks the house.”

— Stoops said he spoke to Tim Couch recently, who told him about the excitement in the football fan base right now. “It’s great to hear because we’re going to need that.” Does that excitement surprise him? “I know the fans of Kentucky want good football – and that doesn’t surprise me one bit.”

Want to get even more excited about UK football? Offensive coordinator Neal Brown will be on the radio show tomorrow morning to talk C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS. Ryan Lemond, you better get him some Burke’s Bakery to make him feel at home.

The podcast widget is still flailing on the mat from a Stoops Stinger, so here’s the link to listen to the radio show on Talk 1080’s website, or just click through the jump. Enjoy.


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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

14 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Stoops Notes and Podcast



  1. TT is a liar
    4:17 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t want the KSR podcast, I wants the Stoops press conference you said on your Tweeter TT



  2. Won Hung Low - In Japan
    4:24 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Won Hung Lo not know who man with bad hair and bad glasses.
    But Won Hung Lo love Turtle Man cause I see him on the you tube.
    Turtle Man funny and much brave.
    Won Hung Lo afraid to catch skunk like Turtle Man….shew! hahahaha hahahaha



  3. Mike D
    4:28 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    That’s not a knife!



  4. tyson
    4:37 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I am excited about UK football.



  5. Claw
    4:53 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    This is the strangest website I’ve ever been addicted to. Part of me would like it to stay the same, but a bigger part would like it to come into the 21st century with stuff, like in the ESPN comments section, where you don’t have to always hit refresh and the latest comments just appear automatically. Keep the quirky stuff but that one change with the comments section would be killer. In the meantime, carry on my wayward sons and daughters.



  6. Concerned listener
    4:54 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Matt sent a tweet earlier that Erin Calipari is co-hosting tomorrow, along with the guests coming on the show. Does anyone know if she’s co-hosting w/Matt or Ryan Lemon? I hope it’s Matt, because without him Ryan is intolerable.



  7. bob2beers
    4:58 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Saul is that you hiding behind concerned listener?



  8. Arch Stanton
    5:11 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I guess he took some of that discovery channel money and got him a nice feather tattoo.



  9. danny
    5:20 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Lets get Turtleman in Rupp Arena as the “Y”. Go to this facebook page and support him

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Turtleman-to-be-the-Y-at-a-UK-basketball-game/277563309032882



  10. dave
    5:33 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    fyi–that is mondays podcast.



  11. Linda Taylor
    6:13 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    6 – That was Friday that Matt tweeted out about Erin Calipari co-hosting, not tomorrow. He also said that Tim Couch and Rex Chapman would be guests that day.



  12. Like Father, Like Son
    6:23 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    My God! Do you realize that Radio Ron is exactly what Matt is gonna look like in 30 years?!?

    Love that Turtleman. **** the haters!



  13. Ho ho ho
    6:36 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Just got an Xmas card from coach Stoops…. He gets it



  14. yeah
    8:59 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    @2 are you sure you’re not in China rather than Japan?