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Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente Tips Cap to Mark Stoops in Belk Bowl Press Conference

Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente and Kentucky’s Mark Stoops took a break from the recruiting trail to spend a morning in Charlotte discussing the upcoming Belk Bowl.

“We’re looking forward to this opportunity. Our players are very excited to be here,” Stoops said. “We’ve heard nothing but great things about this city and about this bowl.”

To this point, Stoops and Fuente are mostly going off word of mouth. Each has been so busy recruiting, they’ve hardly looked at what’s in store for them on New Year’s Eve. All Fuente had to hear was that he’s playing a Stoops.

When you play a Stoops brother, you know you’re going to get great defense.” Virginia Tech’s head coach caught a little UK film on his way to Charlotte. “I’ve watched them on that side of the ball through several games. They’re obviously very well-coached and doing a fantastic job there.”

On the other side, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s final test will not be easy.

“I’m looking forward to looking at in-depth what they’re doing offensively. I know they’ve made some changes at quarterback. They’ve had to think outside the box, I guess I would say, and been really productive with it. A tremendous credit to Coach (Stoops) and his staff for being able to adapt and find ways to be effective and win games,” Fuente said.

The clash of the SEC and the ACC will be a storyline mentioned throughout the lead-in to the bowl game. Even though Stoops’ squad handled Louisville with ease to end the season, he’s not taking Tech lightly just because they’re in the Coastal.

“I think for us it’s just important to win your last game, no matter who you’re playing, whether it’s a league game or any opponent,” said Stoops. “Winning a bowl game is important. It’s important to your fanbase that travels down to the game. As far as the league affiliation, we don’t get caught up in that. We have great respect for them and their league. We’re really worried about ourself and playing the best football we can.”

Stoops has respect for the ACC, best known by KSR Football Podcasters as “Clemson and a whole bunch of Boston Colleges.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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

4 Comments for Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente Tips Cap to Mark Stoops in Belk Bowl Press Conference



  1. cats646
    12:41 pm December 11, 2019 Permalink

    It was more fun with Stoops and Franklin because they hated each other lol. But let’s kill these guys anyways! Cats by 90!
    GO BIG BLUE!!



    • ClutchCargo
      1:51 pm December 11, 2019 Permalink

      Agree. It was a joy to beat Franklin’s ass, no matter what school he was coaching. Now I just want to see Lynn Bowden and these seniors go out on a high note. Go Cats!



  2. secrick
    2:52 pm December 11, 2019 Permalink

    Go Cats, hate the time of the game but will make the best of it.



  3. UKGrad1965
    5:09 pm December 11, 2019 Permalink

    UK Fans, come on down to Charlotte! I am a 1965 graduate of UK who lives in the Charlotte area; and I was elated when Kentucky was able to attend the Taxslayer and the Citrus Bowls in Florida in recent years Rest assured, however, that the Belk Bowl in Charlotte is a worthy destination with shorter travel requirements. There are numerous things to do here in Charlotte in addition to Bowl activities. Recommendations include the WinterFest activities at Carawinds; the Billy Graham Library; the NASCAR Hall of Fame; Discovery Place Science Museum; and abundant food and
    nightlife in the downtown Charlotte area where the stadium is located. On your way down to or from North Carolina, consider a stop at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC, which is beautiful at Christmas Time. (Reservations may be necessary). Book now; and come on down and help my family support the Cats.