By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops understands what his team’s impressive start this season has meant to fans and others.
“If you play football in the SEC and have success it has a great impact on your community and university,” Stoops said. “We appreciate (UK president) Dr. (Eli) Capuloto and same with (athletics director) Mitch Barnhart.”
There has even been love for the UK football program from John Calipari.
“Coach Cal and I are buddies. I am his biggest fan,” Stoops said. “When I go to a basketball game I can be spectator and see how wild and crazy our fan base is, and I love it. He feels the same way at a football game.”
Stoops understands UK fans have not always been happy with the time it has taken to rebuild the Kentucky program. However, he understands that passion.
“I take pride in what our team looks like. How we play is a direct reflection of myself. I try to make the community and fan base proud and I am glad so far this season we have done that and we plan to keep doing that,” the UK coach said.