Several media outlets and websites are reporting that Mark Stoops will be the next head football coach at the University of Kentucky. Kentucky Sports Radio, a fan site run by Matt Jones, says the announcement could come as early as today.
Stoops is the current defensive coordinator at Florida State and has served on the defensive staffs at the University of Miami, Florida and the University of Houston.
Stoops’ brother Bob is the head coach at Oklahoma.
Stoops takes over for Joker Phillips, who was fired after a 13-24 record over three years. UK won just four of 24 SEC games during that time including 0-8 this past year when the Wildcats were 2-10 overall.
The key for Stoops will be who he brings in or decides to retain as assistant coaches. Rich Brooks had a solid coaching staff during his tenure at UK, and it was when Phillips replaced the offensive and defensive line coaches and brought in Rick Minter as defensive coordinator that the program began to head south.