Mark Stoops named next Kentucky head coach


Kentucky Sports Radio is reporting that Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops will be named the new head coach at Kentucky this afternoon.

Stoops has been the defensive coordinator at FSU since December 11, 2009, and the Noles’ defense this year was widely regarded as a top five defense in the country.

What does that look like for Kentucky? Stoops has a long defensive pedigree, and better defense at Kentucky could make a difference and win some games. He’s a good recruiter, proven he can change defenses for the better and has had great mentors in his career. He’ll need a good offensive coordinator hire, one that is different from a standard pro-style mentality, though.

Overall, it would be a solid hire, but I thought Mitch Barnhart would go in a different direction and hire more of an offensive-minded coach.

Stoops will need to get to work rather quickly, signing multiple players on the defensive line, linebacker and in the secondary, with National Signing Day looming in the near-distant future.

This will be Stoops’ first head coaching job. Here is the coaching history of Mark Stoops on

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  • Way too safe of a hire for Kentucky. With inferior players that can’t match up pound-for-pound against Florida, Georgia, etc, they needed to take a high-flying young coach who can recruit with some Swag.

  • Moronic hire. OK, they play better D in 2013. Who cares? Stoops is a sucky recruiter and will finish sub 500

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