Mark Stoops is looking for leaders
It was June and football was in the air.
Well, at least football talk was in the air during the annual Governor’s Cup luncheon to kick off the speech season for coaches Mark Stoops of Kentucky and Bobby Petrino of Louisville.
Myriad topics were thrown about at the Frankfort Country Club, including Stoops saying that it’s unlikely Kentucky will be taking part in anymore of the oft-discussed satellite camps next season.
Stoops’ staff attended at least one of the off-campus recruiting events already this spring and he plans to attend one more.
And that probably will be it.
“I can pretty much assure you I feel pretty confident in the direction we’re going to head next year,” Stoops told the media gathered for the luncheon and golf outing on Tuesday. “We have very strong opinions about that after participating in one. I’m not so sure it’s going to be for Kentucky. I think there are some definite benefits, but I think there are some definite drawbacks.”
Stoops said he doesn’t want to speak for the 13 other coaches in the Southeastern Conference, but the coach said it’s not been beneficial for Kentucky.
The coach wants to get players on UK’s campus, but he also doesn’t like the way things are set up.
“We’re not real big into working third party people to set things up and paying people to get people on their campus,” he said. “I’m not going to get involved with third parties and pay people to have camps to recruit one player or two players. I’m not going to do that.”
Other news and notes that came out of during Stoops’ time at the podium included:
▪ Two key players, running back Boom Williams (elbow surgery) and safety Mike Edwards (head injury), are both back and going 100 percent in conditioning.
▪ Kentucky’s players, who all were back on campus as of Monday, had their first official workouts, including an unscheduled players’ only workout before Tuesday’s workouts.
▪ Stoops said he expected all of the freshmen from the 2016 class to be on campus on Tuesday afternoon for a meeting and the start of summer school classes.
▪ Junior-college standout Jordan Bonner, who was stabbed this offseason, will not arrive on campus until the end of June as he finishes up some school work.
▪ Kentucky is on track to move into its new practice facility in July as scheduled, Stoops said. “They tell me we’re moving in in July. We’ll be in the new building, and we’re very excited about that. We really appreciate the stadium and how that turned out, and we’re really looking forward to the new building.”
What: Kentucky’s annual football game against Louisville
When: Nov. 26
Where: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville