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Reports: Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops hired as Kentucky’s head coach

by Jason Kersey Published: November 27, 2012
Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, right, has reportedly been hired as Kentucky's next head football coach. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, right, has reportedly been hired as Kentucky's next head football coach. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
NORMAN — Mark Stoops will be named Kentucky’s next head coach, according to multiple reports.

The news was first reported by Kentucky Sports Radio.

Stoops, Florida State’s defensive coordinator, is the younger brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.

Mark Stoops was an assistant at South Florida, Wyoming, Houston and Miami before joining Mike Stoops’ Arizona staff in 2004.

He became Florida State’s defensive coordinator in 2009; while at FSU, he coached twice against Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma teams, which beat the Seminoles 47-17 in Norman two years ago, and 23-13 in Tallahassee, Fla., last season.

Asked about the possibility of his brother accepting the Kentucky job at Monday’s news conference, Bob Stoops didn’t say much.

“I’m sure it’s a good job,” he said. “All jobs are good jobs, for the most part. As long as they’ve got a little money to help the football team.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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