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Stoops Excited To Finally Be Practicing

Aug 5, 2013
UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mark Stoops says he’s glad to be off the so-called banquet circuit and that it’s now time to get down to what he was really hired to do, coach football at the University of Kentucky.  Stoops, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, and offensive coordinator Neal Brown took turns answering questions during media day at Commonwealth Stadium, which immediately preceded the opening of fall camp.

Stoops: Fans Will "Show Up In Droves" If UK Wins

Jul 17, 2013

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mark Stoops thinks Kentucky fans are "starving" for the chance to celebrate and support a good football team at a school primarily known for basketball.  The key word being good.

"If we put a good product on the field, something the whole state's proud of, they'll show up in droves," Stoops said Wednesday at Southeastern Conference media days. "I'm not even worried about that. It's been evident thus far with how the fans support football.

"I think in Kentucky there's a rabid fan base."

UK Tailback Josh Clemons Out For The Season

Jul 15, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Some bad news for the UK football Wildcats, sophomore running back Josh Clemons is out for the upcoming season with an Achilles heel injury. 

“We are extremely disappointed for Josh because he has worked so hard and come so far,” Coach Mark Stoops said in an official release. “He ran well during the spring and was eager to contribute this season. We are hopeful for a full recovery and look forward to his return to the field.”

Four Star Quarterback Drew Barker Picks UK Over South Carolina, Tennessee

May 10, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - While UK football coach Mark Stoops may still not have decided on his quarterback of the present, on Friday he may have found his quarterback of the future.  Conner High School junior Drew Barker, a four-star quarterback recruit according to, committed to UK Friday in a ceremony at his high school. The announcement was streamed online by

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A man who pleaded guilty in the 1994 slaying of a University of Kentucky football player has been seriously injured in an auto accident.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville reports that Shane Ragland was hurt Saturday afternoon in an accident that shut down part of the Snyder Freeway. Louisville police say Ragland was traveling on a freeway ramp to Interstate 64 when he lost control of his Dodge Durango and it struck a guardrail.

LEXINGTON, Ky.-- New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is finally able to stand still for a moment.  His thought process, however, remains at high speed.

Stoops says it's been a "whirlwind" since he was hired on Dec. 2. Things slowed down enough for him on Wednesday to provide an update on how he's putting the program together in his first few weeks and to announce the signings of junior college players Steven Borden and Za'Darius Smith, Stoops' first commitments.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Neal Brown plans to bring the `Air Raid' offense to Kentucky. He said it won't take long to install the up-tempo, passing attack, that it can be done quickly.  The Wildcats new offensive coordinator said Tuesday he will employ the offense that helped Texas Tech's offense rank in the top 15 nationally during his three seasons there.

UK Hires Next Head Football Coach

Nov 27, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky has confirmed the hiring of Florida State Defensive Coordinator, Mark Stoops, as the next head football coach for the Wildcats.  Stoops is the brother of Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops.  He has been the Defensive Coordinator of the Florida State Seminoles since 2009.

Here is the official release:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  -- Kentucky couldn't send Joker Phillips out as a winner.  Tyler Bray went 20-of-34 for 293 yards with four touchdown passes Saturday as Tennessee defeated Kentucky 37-17 in a Southeastern Conference matchup that pitted a lame-duck coach against an interim coach.

The game drew an announced crowd of 81,841 at Neyland Stadium, though it appeared no more than 60,000 fans were actually in attendance.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The 2012 football season has not gone as planned for both the University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee. Both will end the season with losing records and fired coaches. But pride is still on the line as the Wildcats and Vols prepare to square off on Saturday.