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Oklahoma football: Mark Stoops wants to become a Division I head coach

The youngest Stoops brother is currently the defensive coordinator at Florida State.
By Stephanie Kuzydym, Jason Kersey and Anthony Slater Published: August 16, 2012

The youngest Stoops brother is trying to follow in his siblings' footsteps.

Mark Stoops, the current defensive coordinator at Florida State, recently spoke to about his desire to become a Division I head coach.

This year, Stoops will guide what many believe will be one of the best defenses in the nation. But soon after, one of the nation's most popular coordinators hopes to become the third in his family to direct a major college football program.

“I'm just working hard to do my job and preparing myself the best I can to be a better and better coach,” Stoops said to “I appreciate the structure and the organization and the leadership that I've been afforded the opportunity to sit here and be a part of. It makes me a better coach working here in this organization.”


Back in February, the NCAA changed the rules for college football kickoffs. The ball will be moved up five yards from the 30-yard line to the 35.

In addition, no player on the kicking team is allowed to line up behind the 30-yard line for the play. The NCAA said this is to limit the running start for the kicking team, but OU coach Bob Stoops doesn't see it affecting how it changing how kicker Michael Hunnicutt kicks it.

“The real dilemma is going to be the amount of time in the air and if you catch it a couple yards deep, you really want to bring it out,” Stoops said. “They're five yards closer. You know are you going to get it past the 25. I think the biggest thing will be just determining how long it's been in the air and whether you want to risk sprinting it out or not.”

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