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Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow ‘Put out Fires’ on the Recruiting Front Following Florida State Vacancy

When news broke Sunday afternoon that Florida State fired Willie Taggart, Mark Stoops sprung into action. The first thing he did was pick up the phone to make an important phone call… to Vince Marrow.

This week Stoops had no time for speculation in his interest in the Florida State vacancy. He was too busy contacting recruits to calm any concerns he may leave Lexington.

“What goes on in this world and this media with social media and all of that, I don’t mean to be so old that I can’t understand that but it’s just a little bit absurd how fast things go and people like to get out in front of their skis really far in that world,” Stoops said Monday. “That just needs to be addressed but nothing we can’t handle.”

He addressed it with the Big Dog. The two were up until almost midnight making calls to reassure UK’s recruits that they aren’t going anywhere.

I’ve been putting out a lot of fires the last two days because their reporters for their schools, like the Rivals and 247, telling these guys that we’re gone after the season. Half of that stuff, we don’t have a clue what they’re talking about,” Marrow said Tuesday evening.

“This team’s going to be pretty good the next couple of years. I’m not speaking for Mark Stoops, but we’re going to be pretty good. We got a great class coming in. I was up to almost midnight trying to talk to all of our recruits as a whole because people are — you get a little break like that and people are going to start running with it. The guys have been on group chats talking among each other, worrying about what’s going on if that situation was true. Me and Mark sat up in his office and called a couple of guys and talked to them. We nipped that in the bud quick.”

Those conversations followed a week of intensive recruiting during UK’s second bye where coaches evaluated their final targets, made contact and watched them perform in-person.

“We planned for Tennessee and got a lot done early, so we were allowed to focus on a lot of kids that we’re about to close in on,” said Marrow.  “We got a couple silent commitments, guys that we’re looking — you always gotta keep an eye on the transfer portal for guys that can come in and help this team. It was really a good break to have that and getting out to go see our top guys. I got to see guys play Friday and Saturday, which is good.”

The player not-named in the transfer portal is Joey Gatewood, the incredibly talented dual-threat quarterback who will visit Kentucky’s campus for the Tennessee game. Competing against other college football powers, Stoops believes their approach to the process sets them apart from the competition.

“I think you know by the way we do things, we try to be very intentional,” said Stoops. “I think a lot of people talk about a lot of things. We try to really show what we do and how we do things and the way we go about our business. When guys are going on and having success (in the NFL), I think it does nothing but help you.”

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

10 Comments for Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow ‘Put out Fires’ on the Recruiting Front Following Florida State Vacancy



  1. bigblue98
    6:20 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

    In Stoops and the Big Dog we trust. Building a powerhouse – Go Cats!



  2. omfs
    7:19 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

    Read Matt’s post about I heart radio
    Does politics need to be on this site?



    • zoupman
      7:59 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

      Not sure, but Nick was bad mouthing Gov Bevin Tuesday on radio. Uncalled for, we listen to sports to get away from mean spirited political comments.



    • whatnow
      8:29 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

      Matt’s post was about politics bc he was letting KSR readers know why he won’t be on the radio.



    • JDizzle14
      8:52 am November 7, 2019 Permalink

      He cares more abt voicing his opinions and feelings on politics than just enjoying one of the coolest jobs anyone could have….his actions proved that wasnt good enough for him. U gotta pick one or the other. He made his bed, now hes gotta sleep in it. Im sure in his mind he thinks its worth it. Hes always interrupting and interjecting on the UK fans abt how his views and opinions r the right one, and to hell with what they think…..typical politician behavior. He needs to go on and run for Senate, get it over with, cuz his actions have proven thats what he cares most abt, even tho he’ll tell u thats not the case. If ur willing to put ur job and livelihood on the line over it, then its pretty important to u. The thing he nvr learned is that most UK fans dont give a damn or wanna hear abt his politicial views or opinions.



    • michaelb
      3:08 pm November 7, 2019 Permalink

      Great comment



    • UoKFB PHAN
      11:31 pm November 7, 2019 Permalink

      Thank you JDizzle, thank you! I really agree with you on the part about him interrupting and interjecting on the UK fans.



    • satcheluk
      8:32 am November 8, 2019 Permalink

      It’s Matt’s blog, so I’d say he can say what he wants and we have the right to read it or not. If we don’t like it, then we can go somewhere else. No sense in yelling at a brick wall if you don’t like where it is.



  3. JASUN74
    3:20 am November 7, 2019 Permalink

    I love Coach Stoops and the whole Staff, but He could’ve saved a lot of kids and fans from worrying if he’d just have said he was staying in the first place. I understand playing the game and trying to get more money and all that, but he just got a raise at the beginning of the year and is paid Better than anyone in American if you consider his performance. Kentucky is a great program now and has come along way. I know he’s been a big part of that and I hope he’s here until he retires. Saying that, there’s no reason to hold the school hostage every time someone gets fired and a job opens, just to get another raise.



    • satcheluk
      8:35 am November 8, 2019 Permalink

      People say they love America’s free market until it doesn’t suit them. If you were in his situation you’d work to your greatest benefit, as would I. He owes us only 100% effort and if the market says he’s worth more money, then good for him. I hope he gets what he deserves whether that is a raise or even no raise. That’s how the free market works.