‘Conversations with Coach’ Bob Stoops: The family episode with Mark Stoops

‘Conversations with Coach’ Bob Stoops: The family episode with Mark Stoops

The Stoops brothers talk about Mark’s run of 10-win seasons at Kentucky the influential figures in his career and the Wildcats’ game Saturday against Florida.

Mike Sherman

By Mike Sherman

| Sep 28, 2023, 9:27am CDT

Mike Sherman

By Mike Sherman

Sep 28, 2023, 9:27am CDT

Bob Stoops interviewed a familiar face on the latest edition of Sellout Crowd’s Conversations with Coach. He spoke with his brother Mark, the head football coach at Kentucky.  

Mark Stoops took a trip down memory lane, discussing his success at Kentucky, reflecting on the growth of the program, and highlighting the keys to the upcoming game against Florida.

Mark talked about the Wildcats’ recent 10-win seasons and consecutive bowl victories. He also shed light on the significant role played by their brother, Mike, who serves as Kentucky’s linebackers coach.

Mark Stoops credited influential figures like Hayden Fry and Jim Levitt for shaping his career. 

The conversation delved into the Stoops brothers’ coaching careers, including their shared experience of winning a national championship and narrowly missing a chance to face each other in the championship game. Mark Stoops shared his early days in college football, including coaching at the University of South Florida while living in a dorm.

Reflecting on the growth and changes in the Kentucky football program over his 11-year tenure, Mark Stoops stressed the importance of support and continuity from the top down. He acknowledged the university and fans’ unwavering support.

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Mike Sherman is the director of content for Sellout Crowd. He spent the majority of his 39 years in journalism at The Oklahoman, first as a sportswriter and then as the sports editor. His staff routinely produced award-winning coverage of the Sooners, Cowboys, Thunder, high school sports and major events. Mike is a past president of the Associated Press Sports Editors. His career includes tenures as the sports editor with the Tampa Bay Times and Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch, an assistant city editor with The Tennessean in Nashville and a reporter for the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa. More recently, he spent three years as executive editor for Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit investigative news organization in Oklahoma City. Mike and his wife, Cathleen, live in Edmond, Oklahoma, where they raised four children. Email Mike at mikesherman@selloutcrowd. Follow him at @MikeSherman on X/Twitter.

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