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Actions Speak Louder Than Mark Stoops’ Words

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Talk is cheap to Mark Stoops. He would much rather go and do something about it. Friday afternoon we learned that applies to more than what happens in-between the white lines.

Ahead of the Citrus Bowl, James Franklin talked. Mark Stoops waited until they played 60 minutes of football, then he got in the final word. “Don’t anyone question who the real Blue and White is,” he said shortly after accepting the Citrus Bowl trophy.

Mark Stoops has never been and never will be a big talker. Unlike the other big coach on campus, he does not thrive behind a podium in front of a big audience. He’ll share his message without any fluff, then go about his business. About once a year he’ll throw us a bone with a new phrase like, “we’re just knocking down doors” and let his team’s actions do the rest of the talking for him.

As protests broke out across the country, like many other college coaches, Stoops released a statement on social media. Something needed to be said, but not everyone needs to say something. During this tumultuous time in our country, different people process emotions in different ways. Instead of protesting or posting on social media, one might just take the time to listen to another’s perspective.

Closing in on almost a decade as a leader in the University of Kentucky community, Stoops responded the best way he knew how — by taking action.

Wearing a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt, he led dozens of players of coaches through downtown Lexington to the county courthouse. Along with his actions, Stoops did have a new phrase to share that reflects what he believes: “Everybody needs to get off the bench.”

“We’re here to fight racism, to bring awareness, and to do our part,” Stoops said. “I think most of you know me, I keep things pretty tight to the vest with the media, but there’s no more of that on this issue. Everybody needs to get off the bench and make a difference, stand for something. We’re not going to tolerate any more racism and social problems. We want to make a difference and be a part of the solution. That’s why we’re here.”

Not all leaders use the same tools to spread their message. If everyone was a preacher, who would fill the pews? Mark Stoops is leading by example when it matters most.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

36 Comments for Actions Speak Louder Than Mark Stoops’ Words

  1. Shark
    8:37 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

    Drew Brees found out the hard way that if your opinion is not what the liberal narrative Is then your a racist. Your not allowed to have an opinion other than the liberal agenda.
    The liberals condemn business opening back up but allow and encourage the protest.

    The liberals condemn meeting at Church but are okay with looting and riots and protest by the thousands.

    Mainstream media is the real enemy.

    • Han
      11:37 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Gotta love the people who buy the Russian propaganda. To your health, comrade!

  2. Shark
    8:45 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

    Not to mention the liberals wanting to defund and cut the police forces.

    Not to mention how Twitter and Facebook censor Conservatives but allow anything from liberals.

    • Han
      11:39 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Poor, victimized conservatives with the largest “news” outlet, Fox, and all of talk radio. Overpowered by the failing, weak, viewerless “mainstream media.” So oppressed!

      And the police need those armored units to fight the good fight in case the people exercise their 2nd Amendment rights, am I right?

  3. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    8:52 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

    If anyone takes actual time to read the “What we believe” section of the BLM website they will see that there are many beliefs they probably don’t line up with. You can be against unwarranted police brutality and not be for the BLM movement. I see a lot of people embracing this movement who really don’t understand what it stands for.

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:08 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

      If you do some searching you’ll find out BLM is funded by the elite, it’s another agenda.

    • woodson_to_johnson
      1:13 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

      Please specify what beliefs you don’t agree with…Everything on here is about equality and justice.

  4. Shark
    9:12 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

    Yes and George Soros is helping it and how Americans can fall for a foreigner to fund violence in. America is beyond what America is supposed to be.

    • Han
      11:42 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, all that Soros money is definitely the root of all evil! Now back to Australian Rupert Murdoch’s fair and balanced Fox News.

      America is supposed to be great again, like back after WWII when our economy climbed to great heights with policies like a 90+% progressive tax rate on millionnaires. What’s that? Socialism? How can it be socialism if it’s what made America great?

    • rlee7932
      8:57 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

      Fox news: the only “news” organization that leaves its views less informed than people that do not follow any news.

    • rlee7932
      9:01 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

      * viewers

  5. Sully
    9:41 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

    You people need to check yourselves. Ask yourselves what you would be saying if you were black. It is about equality and equal justice. Why is that so much to ask?

    I don’t imagine you are UK graduates.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      9:57 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Check what exactly? Because we don’t agree with a movement that has many, many other intentions that are lined out on their website besides being against unwarranted police brutality? There are MANY African American people who also do not agree with the BLM movement because of the additional things they stand for.

  6. Sully
    10:11 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

    Do you seriously think this is about a website? That the tens of thousands protesting in this country are taking direction from a website? Talk to your African American friends, if you have any, and really listen

    • Han
      11:43 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

      The only black friends they might have are the “good ones” who keep their heads down, don’t complain, and maybe you let them have a drink at your barbecue. Them inner city blacks, they’re bad, though, and deserve what they get. Blue Lives Matter!


    • Jambluehue99
      12:19 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

      I find it rather telling that you would use the term “good ones” to define black people that don’t fall in line with your ideology. Why is it liberals are only for free speech, etc. when it aligns with their position on a particular issue? Tell me how it is not racist to discount a minority because you consider them the “good ones” simply because they may have a different value system. Are they not allowed to have a different opinion than you and the rest of the so called enlightened liberals? Are they not allowed to think for themselves? Tell us exactly what is a “good one”?

    • friendsofcoal
      12:26 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

      You need to treat Hans posts like I do Mashbums and totally ignore them. That dude is clueless.

    • UKFanSC
      8:53 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

      One irony of the BLM is the implied exclusion of all who are not black.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      8:21 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

      Han is so against racism that and judging that he is doing it to me. Hypocrite.

  7. Mr.Incognito
    12:38 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t understand how people wanting to be treated fairly and equally is a political flashpoint. Isn’t this what EVERYONE tells their children? Treat others like you would like to be treated.

  8. sharpshooter81
    1:17 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    What happened to George Floyd was horrible and needs to be addressed in a court of law. With that being said, do people protesting know that more white people are killed by police than black people on an annual basis? But you never see the media covering it or the protesting, rioting, or civil unrest you are seeing right now in the past 7-10 days. Why is that? Ask yourself that and tell me about social injustice.

    1:47 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    Just another “hostage video”… Shut up and coach, Stoops!

  10. woodson_to_johnson
    1:57 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    @sharpshooter81 – whites make up 72% of the population, blacks make up 13% – so when you say more white people are killed by police you’re missing a MAJOR detail. The number of people of killed vs population percentage makes blacks 3x more likely to be killed by police. Go back to school, if you ever went.

    • sharpshooter81
      12:26 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

      @ woodson_to_johnson. I graduated from college DA with a bachelors so stick that up your [email protected] You want to use any logic you want but nothing justifies looting and rioting that was primarily done by your quoted 13%. Hearing so called people that want police departments defunded and abolished is the most idiotic rhetoric I’ve heard in my lifetime. I’m betting you may believe in that stupid [email protected] sh&$ too.

    • woodson_to_johnson
      1:22 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

      Would you rather put money towards education, healthcare and housing that are constructive? Or put that money towards guns and policing that are destructive? The imbalance of funds towards the latter is the problem. Defunding and reinvesting is the solution.

  11. Golfnow11
    8:27 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    Hey W to J, you need some school work yourself. 13% of the population are responsible for 80% of ALL violent crimes….. You need to research the numbers snowflake !

  12. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    8:29 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    I, personally, have nothing against peaceful protests against unwarranted police brutality toward black people. I agree with those protests in fact. What I disagree with is people aligning themselves with the BLM movement when there is much more at work in thta movement than people realize. People are quick to add a hashtag or throw on a t shirt and they’re have no idea what they are actually supporting.
    I am pro-life. If there were a movement called Unborn Lives Matter it might seem like I wouldn’t support that movement. But if that movement also stood for several things I also disagreed with then I would want to know and I wouldn’t join that movement. Simple as that.
    A person can be against unwarranted police brutality against black people without being in favor of the BLM movement.

  13. millertim
    8:31 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    Of course Black lives matter, but the greater concern is how they’re pushing an agenda of Only Black Lives Matter… by promoting a false narrative of “white privilege” they silence all independent thought and intellectual inquiry. This silence all opposition through cyber-bullying is really anti-intellectual and intolerant…

  14. Golfnow11
    8:40 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    Listen to Candice Owens article about the victim and see what an outstanding young man the liberals are destroying our country over…… He was a total POS, but didn’t deserve to be murdered…but certainly does not deserve the respect of anyone !

  15. Golfnow11
    8:41 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    What Stoops did was simply called “recruiting” !!!

  16. rlee7932
    8:53 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
    President John F Kennedy

  17. N-UR-i
    10:40 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    You ALL suffer from either or fallacies in all of your views. ALL OF YOU. You were tought to do this by YOUR choice of media, and the political party that controls you. You are all just alike and all of you deserve each other.

  18. lizzyuk
    5:21 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

    if you don’t think both the left and right are both corrupt than you are brainwashed, plain and simple.

    If you think it’s only black people (or ANTIFA) rioting and looting you need to educate yourself.

    If you have a problem with LGTBQ+ people (on BLM website), especially because of your religion, you need to go back to the whole “love thy neighbor” bit of the Bible.

    If you think BLM is only about black lives and not all lives, you should go back and read their website. Then consider if you’d rather spray water on all the houses in the neighborhood or just the one that’s burning at the moment.

    If you think white privilege (or male privilege or able bodies privilege, etc) isn’t real, maybe you should have some real conversations with people that look different than you.

    If you hate abortion, consider understanding why a woman may be tempted to get an abortion (partner is unavailable/gone, doesn’t have monetary funds, doesn’t have support structure, health issues make it dangerous, raped, etc.); maybe you could prevent more abortions by supporting these women during and BEFORE their pregnancies than by harassing them outside of a clinic. They are our modern day “widows” and need help more than condemnation. But it must be nice to have all the unprotected, pre-marital sex you want as a man and never face consequences. THIS is privilege.

    • sharpshooter81
      11:03 pm June 8, 2020 Permalink

      Do you really think BLM is not just for black people and for equality for all races? If you do you are not able to read between the lines. They are racist organization very close to what the KKK was about and is ONLY for black people and they want the power to dictate policy that only benefits black people.

  19. Trekkev
    11:34 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve read down this whole comment chain. I think this video is powerful and addresses a lot of the comments and questions. I’m leaving this link here for anyone interested in educating themselves on what ‘Black Lives Matter’ is really about at it’s true essence. No partisan agenda in this video. Just a black man speaking his heart in 2020. This is Emmanuel Acho, former NFL linebacker and current ESPN analyst. The video link is thru Instagram. Just copy and paste.