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Big Blue Nation welcomes Stoops

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Mark Stoops believes that Kentucky is capable of winning the Southeastern Conference.

The Wildcats' new football coach was introduced on Sunday and pledged to rebuild a program that just finished their third straight losing season and 0-8 in the Southeastern Conference.

Kentucky had announced on Tuesday that the 45-year-old Stoops was going to be the man to replace Joker Phillips, who was fired on Nov. 4. Phillips was 2-10 this season and 13-24 overall.

Stoops, the Florida State defensive coordinator, received a 5-year, $11 million deal. He'll begin his work at Kentucky immediately and will not accompany the Seminoles to their bowl game.

He says there's too much work to do at Kentucky and "it's hard to be in two places at once."


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