It’s been a tough few weeks for Kentucky football, but there is little doubt that the program has come a long way from where it was prior to Mark Stoops’ arrival. A team which hadn’t made a bowl game for three seasons prior to Stoops showing up has now made three-straight, and the program is of course coming off its first 10-win season since 1977. The Wildcats defeated three ranked teams on the way to those 10 wins a season ago.
So yes, it’s been a pretty good run for Stoops in Lexington, a run that has caught the attention from plenty of outsiders. That includes Stoops’ own brother Bob Stoops. The soon-to-be Hall of Fame coach knows success in his own right, after leading Oklahoma to a national championship and 10 Big 12 titles in 18 years at the school.
That’s also why there is no one better to ask about Mark Stoops’ success than his older brother.
Which is exactly what we did. On Thursday Bob Stoops joined KSR’s Aaron Torres Podcast on Thursday, where Aaron asked him if he’s had a chance to enjoy Mark’s success at Kentucky.
You can listen to the interview by clicking here and going to the 55-minute mark, but regardless, it was clear that the elder Stoops has nothing but love for his little brother.
“I’m of course very proud of my brother Mark and the job he is doing at Kentucky. He’s done an awesome job, he and his assistant coaches have really built that program to last. They’re going to continue to do well.
It isn’t just one year there. Year in and year out they’ve been playing consistently. They’re a tough team to play. And they just have to continue to win. They were on the cusp of beating Florida [a few weeks ago]. They aren’t going away. They’re going to continue to do a great job there.”
Clearly Bob Stoops has been paying attention, since as he said, Mark’s run wasn’t just a one-year blip last year, but a slow and steady build culminating with last season’s 10-win campaign. In the process, Mark Stoops has proven the ability to compete with and beat the best teams in the SEC East, ranging from Florida last season, to Tennessee the year before with five-straight wins against South Carolina heading into the weekend.
Of course, as Marks continues to have success he will also deal with something Bob dealt with throughout his career: Interest from other programs.
That’s also why there is no one better to ask about the subject than Bob, who had multiple college and NFL offers during his time at Oklahoma.
While Bob was hesitant to say if he thought Mark would spend his entire career at Kentucky, he did share what advice he would give Mark if he asked him.
“All circumstances are different. His is different is mine. I always trusted the people closest to me. [In my case it was] my wife. And I always kind of just evaluated my own circumstances when weighing an option to do something different with a different job.
The bottom line is you’ve got to live your life and be true to yourself and do what’s best for them as well. So I wouldn’t give anyone advice on it, because no one knows your life better than you do. I would just say [to him] trust your own instincts and your own family and what you feel is best for you.”