Mark Stoops reacts to fan petition to honor John Schlarman at Kroger Field
Mark Stoops is glad to see Kentucky fans rally to support John Schlarman.
But at the same time, the Wildcat coach doesn’t feel like a petition was needed to do so.
The program’s longtime offensive line coach died last season at the age of 45 following a long bout against cancer.
Following that tragedy, Kentucky fan John Harralson came up with the idea to start a petition to have the wall surrounding the playing field at Kroger Field named “Big Blue Wall,” which is the nickname given to Schlarman’s position group in Lexington.
During an appearance at the Schlarman Strong Golf Event, Stoops reacted to all the support Schlarman has received and the attention the petition had garnered.
“Thank you, and listen, all ideas are good. Again, I don’t want to come off as a jerk, thank you – but nobody needs to sign a petition. I think we do a pretty good job of honoring people and doing what we need to do,” Stoops said at the event.
“Mitch Barnhart, myself, Dr. Capilouto, everybody realized the profound effect John had on the University of Kentucky and on people. We are, Doc does a great job, Mitch does a great job, we will find the right way to honor him to do that, believe me, we love him.”
One other note from the event, Stoops shared that the team’s receivers coach, Jovon Bouknight, has been suspended without pay following his offseason arrest for DUI.
“He’s suspended at this point and time. I’ll update you at a later time,” Stoops revealed. “He’s on unpaid suspension since the time it happened.”