Tonight we learned that there has been an alleged interview between Kentucky and Florida State’s Defensive Coordinator, Mark Stoops, according to CBS Sports’ anonymous source. This comes as a surprise to many because his name hasn’t been mentioned in Kentucky’s coaching search until tonight. Since you may not be too familiar with his coaching history, here’s a brief look at his coaching stops and a short bio.
Stoops has never been a head coach, but he has held many jobs throughout college football.
1989-91 Iowa (Graduate Assistant)
1992-95 Nordonia High School (Defensive Backs)
1996 South Florida (Defensive Backs)
1997-99 Wyoming (Defensive Backs)
2000 Houston (co-Defensive Coordinator)
2001-03 Miami (Defensive Backs)
2004-09 Arizona (Defensive Coordinator & Defensive Backs)
2009-cur. Florida State (Defensive Coordinator & Defensive Backs)
His current Florida State defense is ranked 5th nationally in scoring defense at 13.1 points allowed per game (excluding today’s game vs. Florida). Last season his Seminoles only allowed 15.1 per game (4th nationally), in 2010 they allowed 19.6 (20th), and in 2009 they surrendered 30.0 (94th). So over the past four seasons his teams have continually improved in terms of not letting their opponents score.
At the moment, he’s a finalist for National Defensive Coordinator of the Year Award. The other candidates are Notre Dame’s Bob Diaco, Stanford’s Derek Mason, Alabama’s Kirby Smart, and Florida’s Dan Quinn.