Kentucky’s Mark Stoops defends brother Bob’s comments on SEC

It sure didn’t take long for new Kentucky coach Mark Stoops to field a question about his famous brother, Bob, at SEC Media Days on Wednesday.

In fact, the very first question Stoops was asked by print reporters was about the comment Bob, the head coach at Oklahoma, made to the Tulsa World in May, when he essentially challenged the strength of the SEC by noting that while the league has produced the last seven national champions, “half of ’em (the teams in the league) haven’t done much at all.”

“That’s got to be my first question,” Stoops asked with a smile. “Yeah, I certainly understand Bob defending his conference. I just left the ACC. You know, I think everybody’s going to defend what they’re doing in their conference.”

Stoops, who spent three years as the defensive coordinator at Florida State before taking the Kentucky job in November, said his brother’s comment didn’t surprise him because they talk often. Stoops also said the comment didn’t offend him, because he wasn’t at Kentucky last year.

“I don’t think any of us need to defend what’s going on here in the SEC,” Stoops said. “The success we’ve had in the SEC speaks for itself.”