Mark Stoops explains why he was yelling at the Georgia Tech sideline

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday January 01, 2017

The TaxSlayer bowl got feisty early when Mark Stoops was seen yelling at the Georgia Tech sideline while checking on an injured player.

It came in the first quarter after two Kentucky defensive linemen were injured on back-to-back plays by cutblocks, as Georgia Tech always uses with its triple-option offense. But Stoops said after the game it wasn’t about the blocks.

“No, not at all. I was upset with somebody saying something to me,” Stoops said. “I have great respect for Coach Johnson, but nobody else over there is going to say a word to me.”

Asked later to elaborate, Stoops replied, “No.”

“I will say this. I care about my players and I'm going to check on them. I didn't accuse anybody of doing anything illegal. I have great respect for Coach Johnson. I will talk to him. We have a great relationship. But, again, nobody else is going to say a word to me.”

When Johnson was asked about it, he said he was oblivious to the whole thing, even though cameras caught him yelling something back.

“I have no idea,” Johnson said. “On our sidelines? You'd have to ask him. He didn't say anything after the game or whatever. I wouldn't have any idea.”

Georgia Tech won 33-18.

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