Stoops still getting used to being head coach

The three seasons Mark Stoops was at Miami under Larry Coker, he distinctly remembers the head coach telling a story about waking up one morning and rolling out of bed to pick up his car.

Coker, with a bit of bed head, was stopped and asked for autographs and pictures.

“You put on a pair of shorts and not pay attention to how you look at all and then all of the sudden, people are like, ‘Hey, there’s coach.’ They’re taking pictures of it or something,” Stoops recalled.

Stoops joked about it then, but now as a first-year head coach at Kentucky, the extra attention is something to which he’s still getting accustomed.

“Whether I go get a coffee or my wife goes to get a coffee, it shows up on Twitter,” he said in August. “You can’t do anything, but I understand it goes with the territory, but it does take a little getting used to.”

But Stoops can’t imagine a better place than Lexington to learn the ropes.

“In every restaurant you go into, everybody’s looking at you and all that good stuff,” he said. “This is as good a place as any I could imagine because people here are very respectful and there are good people here. It makes it a lot easier for me and my family.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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