UK held its annual media day on Friday, where head coach Mark Stoops spoke about the upcoming college football season.
However, one of the big talking points was UK announcing it would not allow public alcohol sales this fall.
“I have great confidence in the leadership in Dr. (Eli) Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart in their decisions. It’s above my pay grade, so I don’t put a lot of thought into that, because it’s just not my job but I trust them,” said Stoops.
“I believe in their leadership, and those are hard decisions. I think there are strong opinions on both sides, and they obviously put a lot of thought into it, and there’s a lot for them to consider.”
Sadly, Stoops saw the type of tragedy that alcohol-related incidents can cause last year when a four-year-old boy, Marco Shemwell, was killed by a drunk driver near UK’s campus following a win over Murray State. Stoops and several players attended the funeral.
“I know going to that funeral a year ago was very difficult for me and our team as well,” he said. “Anything that revolved around the game, drinking, and have an accident like that was very heartfelt for me personally and the team. But Mitch and Dr. Capilouto I have a lot of confidence, and I’m sure they thought things through and are doing the very best they can. I know that.”
Stoops hopes UK’s decision won’t affect fan attendance, as he wants gameday at Kroger Field to become one of the best atmospheres in college football.
“We need that. It takes all of us all the time,” said Stoops. “We need that support. We need that place rocking. It makes a difference. It makes a difference with recruiting. It makes a difference with our team, and we’re all a part of that.”