Mark Stoops flew to Charlotte to be friendly with Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente for a few minutes in front of the media early Wednesday morning. The two were very complimentary of each other’s programs and spoke highly of the Belk Bowl and its host city, then Stoops mentioned a minor obstacle in the Cats’ bowl prep due to the university’s scheduling.
“For us it is a bit condensed,” Stoops said of his team’s December practice schedule leading up to the bowl game. “Our finals week goes up until the 20th, so that throws a little wrinkle in that week of preparation.
“In years past we’ve been able to practice in that week, so we will be a bit condensed. We have to have some good practices this weekend, have to give the players some time up until the 20th, try to sneak in a practice maybe late Thursday night on the 19th. Then, try to give them a couple of days to go home for Christmas and report down here on the 26th.”
Kentucky took last weekend off to recuperate from running all over Louisville. They will be back to work this weekend as they get ready for the Hokies.
Before Stoops left Charlotte, he was also asked about the days/hours leading up to the bowl assignment, to which he would only say, “We have great leadership and I leave that to them. For us, we’re just looking forward to this opportunity. Our players are very excited to be here. Coming to this bowl, it has such a great reputation. It’s a great city and of course you get matched up with a Virginia Tech team, with the history they have, and the coaching staff. So, we’re excited to be here.”