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Mark Stoops Named To Coach Of The Year Watch List

Kentucky's Head Coach, Mark Stoops, received some recognition today because for the third straight season he has been named to the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Watch List. This award is sponsored by the American Heart Association and targets some of the top coaches in the country.

Mark Stoops is joined by 26 other coaches that have all been nominated for the prestigious honor. The award is given every January to the college football coach who has made contributions to the sport that overall benefits the athletes and the fans. The recipient is someone who "demonstrates grit, has great integrity, and has a winning approach not only to the sport of football but also in life."

The awards sponsor, the American Heart Association, is the leading voluntary health organization and they devote their time and effort to help individuals live longer and healthier lives. The Bryant family presents this award not only to celebrate Bear Bryant's legacy but to also help raise awareness and funds for scientific research so that we can put an end to needless suffering and death in regards to cardiovascular disease and even strokes, which is the leading cause of death globally.

Kentucky finds themselves 5-2 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. The game that is the highlight for Mark Stoops' campaign this season is the 33-14 win over the then ranked Florida Gators. That win against Florida earned Mark Stoops a national honor, the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award. Let's also not forget that back in September of last season, Mark Stoops earned his 61st victory at Kentucky which broke the school's record held by Bear Bryant who went 60-23 in his time at Kentucky from 1946-53.

However, this award also recognizes what coaches do off the field as well. In 2022, the UK head coach was named a 'Honorary Coach of the Good Works Team' for his efforts in helping raise millions of dollars through events that he does for the Kentucky Children's Hospital. I think his job off the field is just as important as the one on it, and he's a great example of leading the way.

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