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Just how much could victory over Louisville help Kentucky in recruiting?

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops celebrates with his team after they defeated Louisville, 41-38 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops celebrates with his team after they defeated Louisville, 41-38 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky. AP

The upset victory over No. 11 Louisville was good for Kentucky’s present, but it also could be vital to the Cats’ future, head coach Mark Stoops said after the win.

“It’s a significant win,” Stoops said. “Our players deserved it, our fan base did, our administration. Like I said, we poured a lot into this. It’s not easy. So, it’s a giant step in the right direction.”

The giant step in the right direction also coincides with the Kentucky coaches spending the next seven to 10 days on the road recruiting.

Stoops said he hits the road recruiting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

“I’ll be smiling,” he said with a smile on his face. “I’ll be smiling. But I’m taking off tomorrow morning and won’t be back 'til Friday. We’re hitting the pavement hard. We got to keep getting some good players.”

Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow apparently will be doing more than smiling.

“I’ll feel like an 8-year-old kid at Christmas,” he said of having seven wins and a bowl trip to sell on the road in the upcoming days. “It’s just for our whole administration, the team, this was big for us. Big for Lexington. We’ve been down and out. It’s a new beginning now and we’re selling that.”

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