Loss of summer camps could hurt Stoops in recruiting

Published 10:49 am Friday, May 29, 2020

What impact will not having summer football camps have on Kentucky?

Normally coach Mark Stoops and his staff have a variety of camps in June for players of various skills and ages.

“Financially, it won’t affect the school very much. That’s not much there (financially),” Stoops said. “It will affect us in our evaluation process and getting kids on campus. That’s a great way to get kids … sometimes they haven’t been here yet.

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“It’s a way to get them introduced to the campus, to see Lexington, to meet our coaches and be around our coaches in a coaching environment, see the way we coach and interact with kids. It hurts us that way, really hurts in the recruiting aspect more than anything with us, a way for us to get our eyes on kids.”

However, Stoops understands no summer camps impact families a lot more than it does the UK coaching staff.

“As far as the community, it hurts, it hurts my children. They’re used to going to baseball camps, and basketball camps, and so on, just being a part of it and doing things to keep them active,” Stoops said. “It’s going to drive a lot of moms crazy. That’s always a good way to get them out of the house for a couple of days.

“For us, as coaches, to interact with them and spend some time with them, and have some fun with some young kids.   Just like all this, just different. We all have to adapt to it as best we can.