Kentucky wide receivers coach Michael Smith’s first meeting with Mark Stoops came under fierce circumstances back in 1989 when the two squared off on opposing sidelines.
29 years later, the two are back on the same field, except this time they’re going to be on the same side.
Smith — a former receiver for Kansas State — played against Stoops when he was player for the Iowa football program. After that time, Smith found himself near the Stoops family as he worked with Mike Stoops on the coaching staff at Kansas State.
Years later, he’s on the staff with another Stoops, this time with the UK football program. He was announced as the new WR coach back on Jan. 26.
“I’ve known the Stoops family since I was 18-years-old around 1989 when Bob Stoops was on the coaching staff at K-State,” Smith said on Monday.

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