Like all of the league’s coaches down at SEC Media Days, Mark Stoops was asked about alcohol sales coming to the SEC and if he has been in any of the conversations about it at Kentucky. The league decided back in May that it will lift the ban on alcohol sales, leaving it up to the individual schools to decide whether or not they will sell booze at games.
Stoops said, “No, I have not been a part of that. That’s above my pay grade.” He added, “I’m really worried about winning football games. So I’ll leave that. I have great confidence in Dr. Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart, and I’m sure they’ll come to a decision that they’re comfortable with.”
Back when the ban was lifted, Dr. Capilouto released the following statement on UK’s current stance:
“The SEC has taken the right approach to this important issue by deferring to the individual, member institutions to make decisions about what is in the best interests of each university, their programs, and their fans. Led by Director (Mitch) Barnhart, UK will take the next several months to consider this issue. We will, as always, seek to do what is right for the University, our student-athletes, and the experience and safety of our fans.”
If you’re in the pro-alcohol crowd, don’t expect it by this coming football season.