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Saturday Quickies: Dynamic Duo Edition

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Calipari and Stoops are one of the best duos in college sports.

Good morning, Big Blue Nation. I hope your social distancing is going well. It’s nice to be able to talk to you over the internet.

247 ranked the top college football and college basketball coaching duos and UK’s John Calipari and Mark Stoops came in at #2 on the list.

John Calipari and basketball’s success first comes to mind with Kentucky, but the Wildcats have something special in football’s Mark Stoops.

The program’s stability under Stoops was evident in 2019, when the Wildcats went 8-5 (3-5 SEC), doing so after quarterback injuries forced wide receiver and return specialist Lynn Bowden into the starting role for the final six games. Coming off a career-best 10-3 (5-3 SEC) campaign in 2018, the Wildcats had every reason for 2019 to go haywire, but Stoops delivered with the second-best year he has had since taking over the program at the start of 2013. Stoops is a deceiving 44-44 (20-36) through seven seasons on the job in Lexington, but the best could be yet to come after the program reached four straight bowl games and won the past two.

Calipari’s resume is undebatable among basketball’s coaches. Since taking over Kentucky in 2009, the Wildcats have gone 330-77 (151-41) and missed the NCAA tournament just once through the first 10 years — 2013 in the NIT — with a quarter of Final Fours and the 2012 NCAA title after going 38-2 (16-0).

While Calipari has been looked at as one of the top coaches in the game for a long time, Stoops is finally gaining some major respect on his end as he continues to elevate Kentucky’s football program.

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