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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.