On today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Mark Stoops was asked about the difference between game days in Commonwealth Stadium in his first year and game days now in Year 3 of his regime.
We, the tailgaters and the commoners sitting in the stands, have seen an enormous rise in attendance and the overall energy and excitement before and during games. It hasn’t gone unnoticed among the coaching staff, either.
“It’s completely changed,” said Stoops. “Just the atmosphere, the game day energy in our first two home games has been incredible. Totally different than when I first arrived and it’s a credit to all of the people who have invested an awful lot in our program with the renovations and what we’re doing here and with the fans buying into what we’re doing and how we are coaching them and appreciating the amenities of the new stadium as well. A lot of people are to be commended for the hard work that they’ve done and the commitment they have given to our program.”
“The fans have been incredible and I’ve said that since I’ve been here, since Day 1,” he continued. “I’ve said that we have a passionate fan base; we just need to do our job and put a good football team out there and I think people can appreciate that we are getting better and better.”
More from Stoops in a bit…