Mark Stoops told KSR this is now Drew Barker’s football team and he is excited to begin the Barker era of Kentucky football.
But parting ways with Patrick Towles wasn’t easy.
“We love Patrick,” Stoops said this morning. “You know I’ve been very supportive of him. He’s been good to us. We both wish it was a little bit different — it’s not — so I completely understand and supported Patrick when he came in and talked to me about moving on.”
“It would be very hard for him, after he’s given everything, his heart and soul, to sit here and back up Drew. He has an extra year left. He can go somewhere and I still believe he can play on Sundays. I’ve said that all along; that I thought he had a big time arm.
Stoops called it a mutual split and said he wants nothing but the best for Towles at his next stop.
“I think it’s best for our program the way it went; even though, selfishly, I don’t want him to leave. I’d love to have him sitting there at backup, but I understand.”