On May 24, safety Marcus Walker was arrested for drug trafficking when police found more than $95,000 of cash in his house along with more than five pounds of marijuana and 52.86 grams of suspected cocaine powder. He was dismissed from the Kentucky football team, but Mark Stoops hasn’t commented on the matter…until now. Stoops addressed Walker’s arrest and dismissal on Kentucky Sports Radio this morning.
“It’s very disappointing. I have 105 guys on the team and so many guys are doing so many good things. It makes me so proud of the things we’re accomplishing and the things we’re doing. These kids are like children to me, so anytime somebody does something like that, it’s very disappointing. It disappoints me because the only thing I can do is work unbelievably hard to put these kids in a position to be successful. To educate them, to help them. People in all areas of their life, we work extremely hard. Just like a parent would parent. You put them in the best situation you can. Sometimes they fail. When they fail, I’m very disappointed.
“It’s hurtful. It hurts our program and I’m disappointed that it happened and I’m going to work as hard as I’ve always worked to put our players in a position to be successful. But I can tell you this: I can’t say enough about our team and the good things that they’re doing. When this happens, it definitely hurts. It hurts me, and it disappoints me that we didn’t get to everybody and we’re going to continue to try.”
Teams are reportedly already using the arrest against Kentucky in recruiting. How can the staff counteract that?
“If they do, they do. We don’t live in a glass house here. We don’t throw stones because the only thing we worry about in recruiting is ourselves and the position we put kids in to be successful, and we’re very proud of that. So, every school would have to look at themselves. If they’re perfect, good for them.”