We always had a special relationship with the football players. We had classes and different social events. Some of my best friends from that era were guys like Joker Phillips, Mark Higgs, Marc Logan, George Adams, Cisco Bryant. I know all those guys.
To see one of those guys you consider a peer make it to this level makes you awfully happy. I think Joker has done it the right way. He has put in his time. His resume is awesome. He is a Kentucky guy. This is the job for him and I think he will do a great job here.
Any way that I can help him out, that is what I want to do. Recruiting is a big part of the game when you are talking about football and basketball. To have that relationship with a guy now that you not only consider a friend and went to school with, but a guy who is a head coach and you can roll your sleeves up and get out there and do some things to help him out is special. If it is about meeting families and talking to families or recruit or whatever I can do from that perspective to be there for him, I will do it.
I want to see him succeed. You pull for people a little bit harder and want to do a little more when you know someone personally. Certainly whatever way I can get involved and help him out within the rules, that is what I want to do and I think a lot of people who know Joker and went to school with him feel the same way.