Report: Mark Stoops expected to add brother to Kentucky coaching staff
The Kentucky Wildcats may soon have another Coach Stoops.
According to FootballScoop, “Mike Stoops is close to joining his brother Mark’s staff at Kentucky.” Mike would reportedly split secondary coaching duties with Steve Clinkscale, “who is expected to add a passing game coordinator title.”
A longtime defensive coach, Mike spent the 2019 season as an analyst on the Alabama staff. His last on-filed gig was at Oklahoma as the Sooners defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach from 2012-18. He was let go by Lincoln Riley during the 2018 season after OU lost 48-45 to Texas. (Mike’s brother Bob Stoops stepped down as Oklahoma’s head coach to retire ahead of the 2017 season.)
Mike, 58, first got into coaching in 1986 as a graduate assistant at Iowa. He is best known for his time at Kansas State (1992-98), his first stint at Oklahoma alongside Bob (1999-2003) and his tenure as Arizona’s head coach (2004-11). Mike has previously coached defensive backs with Iowa (1991), Kansas State (1997-98) and Oklahoma (1999-2003; 2012-18).
FootballScoop’s report states that the hire is not yet official as it requires approval from Kentucky’s board of trustees (nepotism concerns).
Alabama appears to have already found Stoops’ replacement. This week it was reported that former head coach and veteran defensive assistant Charlie Strong will be joining Nick Saban’s staff as a defensive analyst.