Stoops said that when Saban was an assistant coach at Michigan State in the 1980s, he recruited Mike and possibly Mark Stoops when they were playing at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio.
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“He would travel through our school and my dad, being an assistant, would be at the school a lot,” Bob Stoops said. “My dad got to know Coach Saban really well. There was a time or two Mark's senior year when he was playing up at Michigan State, Coach Saban and his wife Terry would invite my mother and father and whoever was with them over to his home after the game.” (More at The Oklahoman)
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