Florida State Football: Why 2012 Is Likely Mark Stoops' Last Season at FSU

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Florida State Football: Why 2012 Is Likely Mark Stoops' Last Season at FSU
Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
Mark Stoops will live up to his surname, but not at Florida State.

The Stoops brothers are really extraordinary. Everyone knows how Bob resurrected the Oklahoma Sooners in 2000, and while his exit was bumpy, Mike Stoops left Arizona as a truly Pac-12 brand program. Mark, well, he is the defensive coordinator for Florida State. And while he hasn't had the success of his older brothers, nothing suggests he is not currently on the path to stardom.

FSU finished fourth in scoring defense last year, and the defense will hopefully keep under a dozen opponents in the hospital. Mark should be proud of that, and I said last year that he would return to his Ohio roots and take over at Ohio State after the Jim Tressel 'Tattoogate' affair. Unfortunately, I underestimated the amount of time it would take for Urban Meyer to exit from his retirement.

Jimbo Fisher is going to take FSU back to the BCS next year, but Mark Stoops won't trek the Tallahassee sidelines in 2013. Other programs are going to wake up and smell the coffee. Only two programs will truly vie for his services, but only one is likely to get him.

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