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Chicken-Fried News: Birthday bungle

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Like Samantha Baker in John Hughes’ Brat Pack classic Sixteen Candles, University of Kentucky Head Coach Mark Stoops isn’t very happy when his relatives forget his birthday, and it’s even less impressive when your brother is University of Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops.

Coaches have to remember a lot of things: plays, the names and numbers of their players, how to keep their cool during games. And Bob has won numerous awards and championships, but somehow he just couldn’t manage to remember Mark’s birthday this year.

They were on a family vacation in Destin, Florida, when Mark was recognized by a Kentucky fan who wished him a happy birthday. Then Bob looked at Mark and said, “It’s your birthday?”

While Mark didn’t have any awkward underwear incidents involving a room full of teenage boys or problems with his grandparents meddling in his dating life, he did manage to respond with a bit of sarcasm that Samantha Baker would appreciate.

“I said, ‘Yeah. Thanks for being so in tune, Bob. Thank you,’” Mark said while telling the story at Lexington Rotary Club in Lexington, Kentucky.

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