The annual Governor’s Cup luncheon, which is attended by both Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, is a great place to catch some informal offseason updates on the status of the Wildcats and Cardinals football programs.
As part of Tuesday’s festivities, Stoops spoke in front of those gathered and unleashed several interesting bits of information on his team.
Perhaps the most telling quote of the day, per the Courier Journal’s Jon Hale, accurately captured Stoops’ sentiment entering the summer months leading into his fourth season at the helm of the Wildcats program.
“We’re very close, and I’m tired of being close,” Stoops told the crowd. “I really don’t want to talk about being close anymore.”
As Wildcats fans are keenly aware, Kentucky is coming off of back-to-back five-win seasons in Stoops’ second and third seasons.
Here’s a quick recap of some of the items he touched on during the speech, as documented on Twitter by The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jen Smith:
- Running back Stanley “Boom” Williams and safety Mike Edwards are both back to 100 percent health and are working with the team.
- Stoops said starting QB Drew Barker has taken a more calm, quiet approach.
- Stoops said he and former Wildcats coach Rich Brooks have “been known to have a few bourbons together.” Brooks was in attendance and spoke after Stoops.
- The Wildcats are not expected to be very active in the satellite camp market next year.
- All of the high school athletes from the 2016 signing class are expected to arrive on campus Tuesday.
- Junior college transfer Jordan Bonner is still working on classes and will join the group later in June.