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Takeaways From The UK Football Luncheon


I took the afternoon off for Mark Stoops’ football luncheon earlier today with the Joey Palumbo. I didn’t attend as media, so I didn’t approach it as work, but I guess I’ll still write a few words about it…


Mark Stoops made me laugh.

Highlight of the day: New offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson was raving about his offensive personnel, saying something along the lines of being blessed to have so much depth across the board.

Stoops chimed in with, “You’ve been blessed to not be here the first two years.”

Solid joke there, Coach.

Back to Dawson, he said it’s the most depth he’s had anywhere he’s coached. That’s positive.

Here’s a picture of the food, because taking pictures of food is so in right now.

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Whoa there, guys. Don’t be so generous with the vegetables.

Stoops did not say “progress” one time.

We set the line at seven and I was all-in on over. “Progress” has been the word of the summer for Stoops and I didn’t hear it one single time. That’s progress.

Stoops suggested there was some tension with Vince Marrow when Marrow was talking to Michigan.

Stoops and Marrow have known each other forever, and that made things harder when Marrow was listening to offers from Michigan. Stoops said at one point he almost had to revert back to their “South Youngstown” ways when he found out Marrow was considering leaving after he thought they had agreed on a deal. Stoops was ready to take it back to the playground to settle it.

The younger players aren’t afraid to stand up to the veterans.

Stoops wouldn’t mention anyone by name, but he said one of the newcomers confronted a veteran in the weight room for his effort. Words were exchanged and the veteran “ended up on his back.”

“We don’t encourage fighting,” Stoops said. “But we like to see that.”

There’s so much excitement around the program right now.

I’ve been to many of these luncheons and they’re always about feeding the hype leading into the season. It’s expected and always feels forced and unrealistic. However, this time it really got me fired up for September 5th. Something about this staff, the new stadium, the swagger around the program… It feels different this time. Maybe I’ll be disappointed, maybe it’s just another round of that false hope we’ve been served every summer, but this one seems different.

43 days. Let’s do this.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

10 Comments for Takeaways From The UK Football Luncheon

  1. Bill
    4:43 pm July 24, 2015 Permalink

    Coach Stoops is fiery. I understand, The only way it would make sense to “take it to the playground” would be to make Morrow stay by feeling guilty about taking out his friend. Vince is a large man, and still athletic. I really like both of these guys. I’m glad they have at least another year together.

  2. RICK
    4:52 pm July 24, 2015 Permalink

    Ok we are going to win 9 games.

  3. fairplay
    5:47 pm July 24, 2015 Permalink

    I sure do hope the team plays better than that chicken entrée tasted!

  4. jeffj
    5:48 pm July 24, 2015 Permalink

    where’s the beef ? it’ll be on the field.

  5. Captain Obvious
    6:37 pm July 24, 2015 Permalink

    UK sucks at football. End O story.

    • Gowcats
      10:49 pm July 24, 2015 Permalink

      Yes, we have “underperformed” on the field in the past. What’s your point about our future? The only obvious thing is you are a lonely troll. End of story.

  6. BigBluSoTru
    7:26 pm July 24, 2015 Permalink

    This is the year we win the East , and looking at the players and the way Alabama played last year and the coaching hires and talent . I don’t see us losing in the Sec championship game to Alabama Saban said he feared UK more than any other team from the east.

    • Tampa Satchel
      5:40 am July 25, 2015 Permalink

      Care to quote your source?

  7. Andy
    9:21 pm July 24, 2015 Permalink

    Would love to know which veteran got knocked on his back cuz that must be a heck of a freshman.

  8. BluKudzu
    7:38 am July 25, 2015 Permalink

    The SEC is the best. Good coaches leave the conference because they can’t handle the grind and look for easier places in the big 10/11. Coaches that can’t get it done are exposed very quickly, and they are fired. Building a program takes time. UK is getting better, but it will be a few years before we are very good, or even rated. I like the direction we are going, but, I understand how long this road is. I hope Stoops gets it done.