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Five Big Names that would be Homerun Assistant Coach Hires for Mark Stoops

Next year college football coaches will get an additional assistant coach on the sideline.  Last week we discovered that Mark Stoops is searching for somebody to help his defense.  Who might that be?  We’ll find out for certain in a few weeks, but in the meantime, let’s speculate away at a few hires that would grab the nation’s attention.

Bret Bielema

Bielema has not been unemployed for long, but the former Arkansas and Wisconsin head coach has an extensive history with Mark Stoops.  The two used to take recruiting trips together in the early 90s, even when they were on different staffs. On a few occasions, those recruiting trips included stops at the casino.

Before Bielema joined the head coaching ranks, he was a defensive coordinator.  He might enjoy some time off, but I think he’d have even more fun on Mark Stoops’ coaching staff.

Bob/Mike Stoops

Kentucky has already heavily invested into Mark Stoops.  Why not add another Stoops?  Bob has to be bored and stir crazy after one year away from Oklahoma.  Some retired folks pick up new hobbies to fill the down time.  Being an assistant coach at Kentucky sounds like a wonderful retirement hobby.

Even though Mike doesn’t have the same draw as the other Stoops’, he has head coaching experience.  I doubt he would leave the defensive coordinator position at Oklahoma to be an assistant at UK, but Mark has proved to be an excellent recruiter.  Recruiting your brother cannot be that difficult, right?

Bo Pelini

Any time there is an opening on Stoops’ staff, Pelini’s name needs to be thrown into the ring.  Childhood friends that grew up together in Youngstown, I could sit and listen to the two tell stories for hours.  I also would love to see Pelini present an actual Wildcat to the Kroger Field crowd.

Randy Shannon

Maybe the most realistic option on this list, the former Miami head coach was taken down by Nevin Shapiro but has had success since his departure.  Since 2015 he led a dominant Florida defense and acted as the team’s interim coach until Dan Mullen took Todd Grantham with him to Gainesville.

Shannon also has a connection with Mark Stoops: he was Stoops’ boss for three years as Miami’s defensive coordinator.  It’s time to turn the tables.

Steve Spurrier

I don’t care that Kentucky ended his career.  I don’t care that he’s an offensive coach.  I don’t care that Florida gave him a sweet administrative gig.  I just want the family friend of the Stoopses who tormented Kentucky for years to finally depart from the dark side and join the Big Blue Nation.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

25 responses to “Five Big Names that would be Homerun Assistant Coach Hires for Mark Stoops”

  1. unbridled

    Instead of assistant coaches….can we dream about replacement head coaches? That is the only way this program makes it to the next level.

    1. Graczyk

      Lol ok.

    2. east-ky-boy

      Never know what ya got until it’s gone

  2. cats646

    Or we could replace fans like you holding us down

    1. ukkatzfan

      Yes yes yes !!!

    2. USMC5150


    3. Rembrandt

      The truth hurts.

  3. TBW3011

    You think any of those defensive guys are going to work under Matt House? C’mon. They’re huge long shots to get as a d coordinator, but some made up rinky dink assistant to an assistant job?

    1. snarkster

      If they bring one in, expect them to be named “co-DC” with house. If it were a big name the could even be named “Assoc. Head Coach – Defense.” HC’s can do a lot of sleight of hand with job titles.

  4. bosshogg24

    Stoops should have fired every defensive assistant on the staff. How you can reward a DC who was a total failure is be on me. Makes you wonder if Stoops is capable of being a head coach!

  5. cats646

    I agree that Matt house sucks but who knows maybe stoops sees something we don’t. I’m willing to give it another shot

    1. TBW3011

      I’m not saying House sucks. Just saying those guys are established, household names. They aren’t accepting a minor role like Roush is talking about.

    2. Han

      I’m not one of the people crying to fire Stoops, but the man saw something in DJ Eliot, too, and look how that worked out.

    3. bradinmississippi

      How about Hugh Freeze? An offensive genius

  6. cats646

    Yea your probably right. but it would be cool to see Bob stoops in there. Ha

  7. bbnboy2012

    How about Carl Pelini? Something about Denzil Ware’s eyes and Jordan Jones’ nature suggest to me they’d get along swimmingly.

  8. rickwhitetx

    Hey Unbridled, who are you going to replace Stoops with?

    And, bosshogg24, you really think it’s a good idea to change coordinators on a yearly basis?

    Come on people, use that big lump that’s sitting on your shoulders.

  9. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    May as well throw Sumlin in there. 🤦‍♂️

    BTW, ain’t no way we, or anyone, gets Bob. He retired because he doesn’t want to have a heart attack on the sideline like his dad.

  10. cats646

    We will never get home with that attitude. 😂😂

    1. cats646


  11. Swizzle

    1. Someone who can count
    2. Someone who can tell time
    3. Someone that knows defense

  12. snarkster

    Well, with Spurrier, he does still have that Horse Farm in Woodford Co.

  13. Alleykat16

    I enjoyed the fantasy story why not do some real reporting and try and find out who really is in the mix for the job since that’s what reporters really do not one of those names are going to come here so let’s do alittle work and find out the real list

    1. UK Big Board Update

      Learn to use periods. Good lord.

  14. Dolfan66r

    I am not a Randy Shannon fan but his tenure at Miami was not ended because of Nevin Shapiro. He was fired 9 months prior to the Yahoo story hit and Al Golden was already the coach. I wish Shannon would have stayed looking back. Teddy Bridgewater would have honored his commitment and stayed at Miami.