South Carolina Football: Mike Stoops Interested in SC Defensive Coordinator Gig

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2011

TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24:  Head coach Mike Stoops of the Arizona Wildcats reacts to an official after Austin Hill (not pictured) was injured during the thrid quarter of the college football game against the Oregon Ducks at Arizona Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Ducks defeated the Wildcats 56-31.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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According to ABC news and other sports outlets, Mike Stoops is sincerely interested in the open South Carolina defensive coordinator position.

This would be the perfect hire for the Gamecocks for many reasons. For one, bringing any member of the Stoops family into your program is a boost. He is an amazing recruiter and a highly recognized name. Seriously, what recruit wouldn't want to work with a Stoops and Steve Spurrier? 

He runs the perfect defense for the team. He says he would love to implement the 4-2-5 mixed with some 4-3. South Carolina has the perfect players to fill out that system. In fact, the 4-2-5 could help alleviate some of the passing defense woes. 

The Stoops and Spurrier families are extremely close. Bob Stoops of Oklahoma credits Spurrier as one of the people who helped get him a head coaching gig. They still play golf together and are close friends. 

Finally, Mike Stoops is just a great coach. 

His resume speaks for itself. He was a finalist for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2001 while coaching the Oklahoma Sooners defense. That unit was ranked in the top 12 of every major defensive category. 

He did the same with Kansas State's defense in 1997. Even Arizona's defense played well against the offense happy Pac-12. 

He's got the chops, the name and the pedigree to be a huge hire for the South Carolina Gamecocks. 

Get it done, Eric Hyman! 

It's great to be a Gamecock!