Florida State has made a name for itself with some stout defense this season, and the man behind that magic is getting rewarded with a head coaching job. Seminoles defensive coordinator Mark Stoops will be heading to Kentucky to fill the coaching void there for the Wildcats.
Joker Phillips was fired some three weeks ago, and since then we’ve had a slew of firings in the NCAA but no hirings to speak of until now. Stoops will join his brother Bob as a head coach, but the road for Kentucky is not going to be an easy one. However, the university believes that if things are going to turn around, Stoops is the guy to do it.
“New beginnings always provide a sense of excitement,” athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement. “That’s why today I’m excited for Mark Stoops and his family as they provide a new beginning for our football program, fans and players.
Interestingly enough, Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher said yesterday that his defensive coordinator had not interviewed for the head coaching job at Kentucky, and now a day later the job belongs to Stoops. This came on the same day another report surfaced that Stoops had himself told the university to shove their head coaching job.
That obviously has changed.
“I am thrilled to be named the head football coach at the University of Kentucky,” Stoops said. “My family and I are excited and looking forward to becoming a part of the Big Blue Nation.”
Stoops made sure to thank Jimbo Fisher, a guy that helped him get back on the map and apparently didn’t know of or didn’t want to believe or talk about Stoops leaving Florida State.
“First of all, I want to thank Jimbo Fisher and Florida State University for allowing me to be the defensive coordinator at Florida State. It has been three of the greatest years of my life. I am grateful for the support of all Seminole fans as we focus on the ACC Championship.”
The only question now is, can Stoops bring that defensive style north to Kentucky, or was he just getting lucky with recruits down in Tallahassee?