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Stoops not surprised by Calipari’s support

Mark Stoops (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Mark Stoops (Wade Upchurch Photo)


After Kentucky’s 27-24 loss to Georgia Saturday night, coach Mark Stoops got a text that did not surprise him.

It was from  UK basketball coach John Calipari supporting him.

“I’m never surprised getting a text from Cal. I would be surprised if I don’t,” Stoops said Monday. “He’s always like that. He’s always been good, because he’s always been there with supportive texts.”

Calipari noted that he sent this to Stoops: “Losing stinks, but having no hope is worse… Because of you, now we have hope.”

Calipari was right. Kentucky lost but the team does not seem to have hopes for a better future.

“Believe it or not, Cal’s even been there before, many years ago (with a struggling team). No, I’m teasing,” Stoops said. “Because we all have tough times as coaches.

“He’s always been supportive, so I always appreciate him and his support. He’s been a good friend.”


  1. It was great to go into a game and not being sure who would win. Just thinking we were good enough to have a shot at Georgia was great. Yes, we had some missed opportunities, but that is how sports go. I have never seen anyone play a perfect game, but it is sure nice when they come close.
    I think we have come a long way this year and much improved from the first 3 games.
    Next year looks very promising with everything we have coming back.

    1. You’re spot on Old Fan. This team has a bright future. Stoops has changed the culture of UK football. All that remains is changing the culture of the fanbase.

      GO CATS!!!!!!

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