Kentucky Interviews FSU Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops for Head Coaching Job

Nick Nafpliotis@@NickNafster79Correspondent INovember 24, 2012

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Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops has been interviewed for the University of Kentucky football head coaching position, according to a report today by

Stoops' 2012 defensive unit at FSU is one of the best in the country, giving up an average of only 236.3 yards per game to their opponents. That may not seem like much to brag about in the ACC, but you should also consider the fact that the Seminole's defense used to be statistically ranked No. 100 in the country when Stoops took over in 2009; they are now ranked No. 1 (per Bob Ferrante at

Combine that with his excellent work at Arizona State as their defensive coordinator (2004-2009) and as the defensive backs coach at Miami University when they won a national championship (2001-2003), and it's clear that Stoops reputation as an architect of great defensive units is well-deserved.

I have to admit, it's a bit odd thinking about Kentucky going after such a defensive-minded candidate. Don't get me wrong; there's absolutely nothing wrong with it (and it would be a great hire). But the two names that seem to be on most Wildcats' wish list (Bobby Petrino and Sonny Dykes) are both very offensive minded coaches.

The Wildcats have already allegedly offered (and struck out with) Alabama's Kirby Smart (per Andrew Gribble of, who is also an exceptional defensive coordinator.

The fact that Kentucky is following up by interviewing Stoops seems to indicate that UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart is dead set on bringing a coach with a strong defensive pedigree to Lexington.

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