University of Kentucky linebacker Courtney Love made national headlines this week for winning the Weurffel Trophy for his volunteer work in the community coupled with his leadership and academic prowess.
But his head coach joked that he had to question Love’s smarts a little bit when the senior middle linebacker told him he was pondering a life in coaching when he finishes with football.
“I have to sit him down and ask him, ‘Is he completely nuts?’” Stoops laughed recently. “I mean really with this day and age with the way things are, it’s very difficult to get into this business, but for him, I think he would be successful in anything he chooses to do.
“I definitely would have a spot for him with anything he chooses to do because he’s a special guy. He really is. He’s a difference maker. He’s going to have a bright future. Very proud of him and appreciate him.”
Love and Stoops go back a long way, long before Stoops was the linebacker’s head coach. Love was once awarded a scholarship in Stoops’ dad’s name at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio. Stoops’ father, Ron, was a longtime defensive coordinator at the school before he passed away from a heart attack after a game.
“I’ve been around Courtney for a long time and knew very, very clearly what I was getting with Courtney,” Stoops said. “I really can’t emphasize enough what he’s meant to myself and to our program and how proud I am of him.”