When the Florida State job came open, one of the first coaches talked about as a candidate for the Seminoles was Kentucky’s Mark Stoops. According to a new report, FSU was indeed in the Wildcats coach, but Big Blue Nation doesn’t have to worry about losing Stoops.

Josh Newberg of Noles247 reports that Stoops interviewed for the job last week in Cincinnati, Ohio, but was not offered the job. According to Newberg’s report, Stoops’ interview went well, but the former FSU defensive coordinator does not currently consider himself a candidate for the job. A source told Newberg that Stoops did not know which direction FSU’s president (John Thrasher) and athletic director (David Coburn) are heading with their searches, but felt that Florida State is going “big game hunting.”

Stoops was the Seminoles’ defensive coordinator under Jimbo Fisher from 2010-12. His older brother, Bob Stoops, was reported to be FSU’s top target.

Memphis coach Mike Norvell is considered a candidate for the Arkansas job, but is reportedly more interested in the FSU job. If the Noles are “big game hunting,” it appears Norvell is not their top target.