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Saturday Quickies: Mark Stoops Edition

Stoops and some of the coaches led a march with the players

Friday was a cool moment, as Kentucky Football coach Mark Stoops, assistant coach/lead recruiter Vince Marrow, Courtney Love, and many players walked in downtown Lexington with Mayor Linda Gorton to show solidarity with protesters voicing frustration about racial injustice.

Stoops said the march was a simple decision to speak up and show up to support his players and bring awareness to the issue.

“We’re here to fight racism, to bring awareness, and to do our part,” Stoops told the media shortly after the march. “I think most of you know me, I keep things pretty tight to the vest with the media, but there’s no more of that on this issue. Everybody needs to get off the bench and make a difference, stand for something. We’re not going to tolerate any more racism and social problems. We want to make a difference and be a part of the solution. That’s why we’re here.”

And Stoops took to social media to release a statement later in the day.

It’s also clear that the players really appreciated what Stoops did.

As the leader of a group of young men that is primarily African-American, Stoops felt the need to lead by example and show that he cares about an issue that is of obvious importance to many of the players.

It’s really cool to see this happen, and props to Stoops on making it so.

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