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July 2004

July 2004


Family Values

Having Grown Up in the Stoops\' Household, Family Values Are Applied to Life Both On and Off the Field
by: Jeff Davis
© July 2004

“My door is open. 24-7,” says the University of Arizona’s new 42-year old football coach Mike Stoops. It’s the first policy Stoops instituted when he became the 28th coach in the 104 year history of football on the Tucson campus last November 29th.

Stoops’ declaration signaled the start of give-and-take between players and coaches, a family-like feeling at a place crying for it. It’s a rare concept in the big business-like atmosphere that is intercollegiate athletics. At Arizona, it signaled a sea of change from Stoops’ predecessor, John Mackovic.

Stoops adheres to principles he learned as a child in Youngstown, Ohio where he grew up in a football family with future coaching brothers Ron Jr., Bob, and Mark under the watchful eyes of their coaching father Ron Stoops Sr. ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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