Mark Stoops reveals that his brother Mike chose to stay on at Alabama in an analyst role instead of taking position role with Kentucky
Mike Stoops has been an analyst on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff for a little over a year and despite having an offer to leave Tuscaloosa for a full-time position role on his brother’s Kentucky’s staff, Mike has chosen to remain with the Crimson Tide.
Mark Stoops is still looking for his 10th, full-time assistant on his Kentucky staff after Dean Hood landed the head coaching position at Murray State this offseason. With Hood gone, Kentucky is searching for a new outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
While an attempt was made by Stoops to hire his brother away from Alabama, Mike Stoops has decided the best thing for his career would be to stay on with the Crimson Tide for at least another season.
“I tried to hire my brother Mike and get him on staff and that’s not going to work out — by his choice. Mike chose to stay (at Alabama), he likes what he’s doing, he likes the learning he’s doing, the work he’s doing with Nick (Saban) at Alabama,” Mark Stoops revealed on Monday. “Mike is a big picture guy, so the timing of this position and the capacity that it is, he decided to stay there and continue to kinda recalibrate himself ready to come back as a coordinator. So, he decided to stay, so, I’m working through that.”
That’s an interesting decision but it’s unclear what deal Mike Stoops may have made with Saban upon his hire at Alabama back in January of 2019. Before joining the Alabama staff, Mike Stoops was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma.