Photo: Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops Wearing Kentucky Gear At Wildcats Spring Practice To Support Brother Mark
Even in the ultra competitive world that is college football, there’s room for some occasional brotherly love. Bob Stoops is the coach at Oklahoma, but his brother, Mark Stoops, is the head man at Kentucky. Earlier Wednesday morning, Bob, 53, the elder sibling by seven years, was in Lexington to show some support for his younger brother’s program.
Bob Stoops in his UK gear. pic.twitter.com/RwkzwR2anE
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) April 23, 2014
The two brothers have never coached against each other while at their current schools, and Oklahoma and Kentucky are in different conferences, so it’s probably fairly easy for one to display some affection for the other’s team.
Mark Stoops seems to have the Wildcats’ program on the rise. Kentucky went 2-10 in 2013–Mark Stoops’ first season at the helm–but had a top 25 recruiting class. The Wildcats had the No. 22 class in the country in 2014, according to 247Sports team rankings. If success on the recruiting trail can continue, Mark Stoops’ team should start to see some wins pile up on the field.
Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma program finished last season with as good a win as you can have–save for one in the national championship game, of course–by beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
Maybe in a few years, the two brothers can meet in a bowl game. Neither one will likely be seen wearing the other school’s gear then, though.