Kentucky Wildcats Hire Mark Stoops as Head Football Coach

By Dan Irwin
Mark Stoops
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Mark Stoops, the now former defensive coordinator for the Florida State Seminoles has accepted a job as head football coach for the Kentucky Wildcats according to Kentucky Sports Radio.

A brother of Oklahoma Sooners‘ head coach Bob Stoops, Mark has been at Florida State since December of 2009. This will be his first job as a college head coach.

Mark played for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1986-88 before taking a job as a graduate assistant with the school. After that, he took a job as a coach and athletic director for a high school. He broke into the NCAA scene in 1996 as a defensive backs coach for the Kansas State Wildcats.

His stops after that included the Wyoming Cowboys, Houston Cougars and Miami Hurricanes before going with his other brother Mike Stoops to be apart of his coaching staff for the Arizona Wildcats.

Mark is a finalist for national defensive coordinator of the year after his Seminoles defense allowed a stingy 236.3 yards-per-game average, tops in the FBS. The Seminoles also have allowed the fewest first downs per game at 13.27, and a 25 percent third down conversion rate, also best in the country.

The announcement of his hiring will come later today in a press conference from the University of Kentucky athletic department.

The Orlando Sentinel had been reporting that Mike was on Florida State campus, and would be apart of an afternoon practice. That will apparently now not take place. CBS had reported this past Saturday that Mark had indeed interviewed for the job.

Dan Irwin is a sports writer for Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @ danirwin_rant or on Facebook at ““.

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