Get ready to sing. It’s Mark Stoops’ birthday. The Kentucky football coach turned 48 on Thursday. I’m sure he celebrated in a dark room somewhere, watching film in the quest for bowl eligibility.
Stoops is preparing for his third season as the head coach at UK. So where, at age 48, does that rank in terms of other SEC football coaches? And what were previous Kentucky football coaches doing at age 48? Let’s take the second question at first.
Stoops’ predecessor Joker Phillips is 52 and is currently wide receivers coach of the Cleveland Browns. At 48, Phillips was getting ready for his second season as the head coach at his alma mater. Unfortunately, he would last just one more season after that.
Rich Brooks is 73 and is enjoying golf and his grandkids. At 48, Brooks was head coach at the University of Oregon. He turned 62 during his first season as Kentucky’s head coach. (Side note: Best wishes to Karen Brooks, who just underwent surgery for a broken wrist.)
Guy Morriss is 64 and is back in Lexington, where he will help out as an assistant coach at Lexington Christian Academy. At age 48, Morriss was the offensive line coach for Hal Mumme at Kentucky. Two seasons later, Morriss would find himself the head coach.
The much-traveled Mumme is 63 and is head coach at Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss. At 48, Mumme was entering his last season as the UK coach. After records of 5-6, 8-4 and 6-6, Mumme slipped to 2-10, his program went on probation, and the “grandfather of the Air Raid” found himself out of a job.
Bill Curry is 72 and is retired in Atlanta. At 48, Curry was in his first season as the head coach at UK. He lasted until 1996, when he was fired with a 26-52 overall record, and the door opened for Mumme.
As for where Stoops’ age ranks among current SEC football coaches, here’s the chart.
Correction: On previous version of this post, Les Miles’ age was listed at 64. It has been corrected to 61.