For a time, it looked like Kentucky was going to get turned down by almost any guy they asked to become their new head coach. On Tuesday, that came to an end, as the school will hire Mark Stoops to take over the team.
OFFICIAL: KSR can confirm Mark Stoops will be named Kentucky football coach this afternoon
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 27, 2012
The job came to be open after Joker Phillips struggled during his tenure in Lexington. Making a change was expected but I think people thought it would be a bit easier. Kentucky was hot after guys such as Butch Jones, only to be turned down by them. However, I believe that bringing in a guy like Stoops will be good for the program.
This will be the first time that he has been a head coach and he should bring a lot of fire and passion to the job. He has been the defensive coordinator at Florida State, so he will be able to get UK to play some stout defense once he gets some good players into the fold. In reality, this is a very safe hire that has a lot of upside for the team going forward.
There will be some guys that are not happy with the hire, but Stoops should make UK a threat for a bowl game extremely soon. A conference title might take a bit more time, but you never know. Now that this job is taken, I bet the other pieces in the coaching carousel will start to fall into place.