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Mark Stoops and Bret Bielema’s Days as Scheming Recruiters on the Road


The football fraternity of college coaches is a lot smaller than you think.  Mark Stoops and Bret Bielema’s back-and-forth at SEC Media Days revealed a shared past few knew of before.  Little did we know.

In the late 90’s the two shared the recruiting territory of Minnesota.  At Iowa, Bielema was reimbursed for his traveling expenses.  Stoops’ deal at Wyoming gave the two a little wiggle room to work up a scheme.

“They gave us a per diem where you didn’t have to turn in a receipt,” Stoops said. “You can do what you want: You can sleep in your car, you can get a nice hotel, you can get a cheap hotel. So I would pocket the money, stay with him (Bielema), then I’d buy his dinner.”

But paying for dinner was only the half of it.  With Stoops’ extra spending money, the future SEC coaches took to Vegas to increase their earnings.

“We went to a casino and we won a little bit; at that time, we thought we were really rolling in it,” Bielema told Gridiron Now.

Their celebration was pure class: red wine at Longhorn Steakhouse.

[Gridiron Now]

Article written by Nick Roush

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

1 Comment for Mark Stoops and Bret Bielema’s Days as Scheming Recruiters on the Road

  1. Megan
    6:00 pm August 22, 2016 Permalink

    So Matt wants transparency by the university in the case of the professor who resigned, but he wants no one to comment on his position. Sorry.

    Matt “can’t help but” [sic] be disappointed at the news that the university has appealed a decision of the Kentucky Attorney General requiring it to disclose its records in the matter. But that’s due process. The university is simply pursuing its appeal rights, just as Kernel editor-in-chief Will Wright did when he appealed the university’s decision to the AG’s office. There is a system of justice in place to resolve the issue. Let it play out. Let the discourse continue. Respect the process and await a final decision before standing on your soapbox, if need be.

    And that’s the point: If you give the process a chance, you might find that your soapbox was unnecessary. And if the circuit court should rule in the university’s favor, you might want to re-examine your position (assuming you’re an open-minded sort). So rather than jump into the middle of things and preach to the public like a zealous trial attorney–think Johnnie Cochran–try showing the patience and reserve of a judge. Let the university pursue its rights and make its case, and let’s see where that takes us.