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UK Football Coaches Think About Their Health

Posted: Nov 6, 2013 12:19 AM by Keith Farmer

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The UK Football team is continuing to get ready for Saturday's home game against number eight, Missouri.

Many of the players are banged up and there's a training staff working around the clock to make sure they're as healthy as they can be. But what about the coaches? Who's looking out for their well-being?

This week in the NFL, Houston Texas Head Coach, Gary Kubiak, collapsed on the field at halftime and was taken off on a stretcher to a hospital. It was later revealed that he was diagnosed with a mini-stroke. It's unclear how long he will be away from the field.

Denver Broncos Head Coach, John Fox, felt a little dizzy while playing golf and, wisely, went to a hospital to get checked out. On Tuesday, he had to have a heart procedure that's likely to keep him out for an extended period of time.

Stories like this hit home for UK Head Football Coach, Mark Stoops, because his father, Ron Stoops collapsed and died on a football field after a high school game. "Everybody tries to find that balance, which is very hard," said Coach Stoops. "I mean, there's no way around it. You know, it is what it is. You try to manage it as best you can. But it is something you're conscience of--especially when I had a father go down coaching a game."

UK Defensive Coordinator, D.J. Eliot, might be a young 37 years old. But, even he can feel the stresses of his job. "It can take a toll on you. It's very demanding and everybody has high standards," Eliot said. "I think part of the problem with coaches is the pressure that we put on ourselves. We all want to win, we all want to be successful. That's why we got in the business."

Eliot adds that Coach Stoops has always seemed more aware of the stress levels and how he handles the coaching staff. "Coach Stoops is fantastic. He's a wonderful family man," added Eliot. "Every Tuesday night for us is family night. So, our families come up here and eat dinner with us before we go back to work. He makes sure we're spending time with them and getting the rest we need."

It's certainly a tough business and one that coaches need to make sure they're looking out for, not just the players needs, but their own as well.