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Basic Information: Mark Stoops

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.


Article written by Jonathan Schuette

105 Comments for Basic Information: Mark Stoops

  1. ksrsources
    8:34 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    It’s down to MS and MM…..big game at 10:30 tonight!! Either is a great hire and exactly what we need. A coach that is Def. minded and has proven that he can do more with less. Exactly what we need.

  2. njCat
    8:34 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Nope… not the guy. Brothers NEVER work out, and it w/b just like Barnhart to give it a try. Honestly, if he doesn’t hire a big name coach w/ experience – the program will suck for the next 10 years.

  3. Steve Tow
    8:35 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink


  4. njCat
    8:37 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    This guy’s teams have had good stats because he recruits in Florida, but plays in the ACC. Put him in the SEC and he will not have a top 25 defense.

  5. Roland
    8:38 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Might be an an up and comer but UK won’t beat Florida with this guy. See today’s scores.

  6. Steve Tow
    8:38 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Woops, Third!

  7. njCat
    8:38 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    If a good coordinator turns down the KY job, then Mitch must be quite the salesman. The guy has as much vision as a turnip.

  8. Ted Nugent
    8:39 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Its going to take more than an assistant coach to fix this train wreck…TED FOR PREZ !!!!!

  9. Joe
    8:39 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Noooooo, we hatez the Stooopsssz, because he is not Petrino (Who may or may not want the UK job at all, but we hatez anyone else any wayz)

  10. njCat
    8:41 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Mitch.. John L Smith is available. Nice guy… lots of class. Go for it!

  11. Joe
    8:42 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    If a good coordinator turns down the KY job, then Mitch must be quite the salesman. The guy has as much vision as a turnip.

    Because UK is SUCH an attractive position…I mean only one HC in what 30 years has left the program better than he got it…if someone isn’t leaping at the chance it MUST be Barnhart’s fault.

    Tell me again WHY, Petrino or someone of the first rank would choose UK, again? Bearing in mind our track record and the openings at Arkansas, Auburn, and Tennessee.

  12. Ky99
    8:43 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Some of the posters on this board are hilarious. You do realize EVERY current great coach was a coordinator at one point in their career and believe it or not even lost games.

  13. Roland
    8:46 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Coaches lose games but their metal is when they win important games.

  14. Roland
    8:48 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    How much gold will be on the field after this USC game.? Talkin ND helmets.

  15. what the????
    8:51 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Really?? Coaching a team loaded with florida talent beating up on ACC teams. How could he not have great numbers? Clemson is thier only challenge. Except for Florida that is. That went well today didnt it?

  16. njCat
    8:52 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Joe (11.) How did the guy down the road get Charlie Strong? He got him because he had a vision for the program and is an enthusiastic communicator. Exactly the OPPOSITE of the personality and track record of Milk Toast Mitch. Face it, the guy ends up hiring coaches like Tubby, Brooks and Philips.. because they don’t have many other options. Cal was so much of a no-brainer that he actually never considered him when Tubby left.

    Mitch s/b associate AD for Olympic Sports. Get someone in here that knows how to run a big time program and you’ll get a big time program.

  17. HartlineWow I read comments on UK sites every day and these have to be the most unitelligent. I get the Bobby P supporters and why people want him and everything like that. But for people to dismiss a promising coach based on the fact that he lost to Flor
    8:52 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you #12. Jesus I have listened and read a lot of comments but these are the worse. Stoops would be a good hire or at least the best UK could do. Don’t ruin the coaching search with your inane comments.

  18. Tommy
    8:52 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Is he a Ginger?

  19. Korean Tacos
    8:54 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    His defense improved as the strength of schedule decreased.

  20. njCat
    8:56 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Its the same reason our facilities are at the bottom of the barrel in the SEC. He’s got excuses out the a…, but bottom line – he has not gotten it done. Honestly, I feel the same way about Mitch as I did about Tubby.. they were both caretakers of slowly eroding programs, and the sooner they are gone, the sooner we have a chance of getting back on track.

  21. Take those onions off my sliders
    8:57 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Totally PATHETIC!!! Didn’t we already have a coach that was never a head coach and we went 1-10!?!?!? Barnhart is an idiot!

  22. 94Cats
    8:58 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I would prefer a more offensive minded coach. Stoops a Defensive Coordinator. I’ll pass.

  23. Brink
    8:59 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    16 Seriously?? Strong had been interviewed and passed over for numerous positions before louisville came calling. He jumped when a school was willing to take a chance on him. Jurich didnt have to sell shiznit.

  24. njCat
    8:59 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    17. Just because people disagree w/ you doesn’t mean they are not intelligent. And if you think some coach is going to make his decision based on frustrations fans express on a blog – then you are truly paranoid. If anything, it shows that fans are passionate about winning.

  25. I hope we get him!!!
    9:01 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I posted this on the previous post, but wanted to share again.

    #21–We had a well known coach stink up the place too.

    Stoops would be a great hire.

    Some of you may not be old enough to remember this, but his brother Bob Stoops was the DC at Florida before getting the OU head job. When he got the job, he hired Mike Leach as his OC. Now, we won’t get Leach obviously, but he may bring a young up and coming OC with an exciting scheme with him. I like this choice much more than Fulmer or some of the other names floating out there.

    One more thing, head coaching experience does not mean success. Remember, Bill Curry was a very well known coach.

    Just becasue you have not heard of the person, doesn’t mean it will be a bad hire.

  26. njCat
    9:02 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    23. He had been passed over for SEC jobs. UL is second tier at best, but Jurich has their entire program hitting on all cylinders. Just wait to see what happens when they end up in the Big 12 or ACC.

    If Jurich and Barnhart were going after the same coach – who do you think gets the guy? Be honest.

  27. Joe
    9:05 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Tubby, Brooks and Philips.. because they don’t have many other options. Cal was so much of a no-brainer that he actually never considered him when Tubby left.

    Let’s see…Tubby, you mean hired in 1997, 5 YEARS BEFORE BARNHART’S HIRING? And the guy that gave us an NCAA Championship..*WOW* not hired by the guy you hate, and not a failure…great criticism, there.

    Rich Brooks, you mean the longest stretch of post-Season play in UK History, that FAILED hire? There you go, the only fellow to leave the program better than the 6 HC…quite a failure…

    Philips is one I’ll give you, but as others point out, when offered HC-i-w he was putting up national numbers in offense….

  28. 16, CM hired Tubby Smith when Rickie left.

  29. Joe
    9:06 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    16, CM hired Tubby Smith when Rickie left.

    SHHHHH, don’t interrupt him he’s on a roll, he’ll be talking about the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor, next.

  30. flysoup
    9:08 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Under normal circumstances, Mark Stoops would be an outstanding hire. However, Bobby Petrino wants to coach at UK. He’s the best coach available. Hire him.

  31. Idiots
    9:09 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    The defense was the only thing that kept FSU in the game today. The offense had 6 turnovers. You can’t judge someone by looking at a final score. If you don’t like the guy, fine but don’t judge him by looking at today’s score. Mark Stoops has a lot of connections and would put together a great staff

  32. Folks, have any of you read this article?

    I know I’ve posted the link several times, and I was thinking it would generate a little conversation. This whole thing about a DC vs. an OC is important. Sonny Dykes’ (Tony Franklin’s) offense is #1 in the nation (statistically anyway) but his defense is DEAD LAST IN THE NATION! #120 OUT OF 120!!! This will NOT cut it in the SEC as we saw under Mumme. The ONLY way this guy should get the job is if he is told he will NOT bring 1 single defensive coach with him.

  33. Casey Johnson
    9:11 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I could get behind Mark Stoops for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He’d be a great hire! I’d rather have Tuberville or Jones first – but Stoops would be a great choice.

  34. Joe
    9:15 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Sonny Dykes’ (Tony Franklin’s) offense is #1 in the nation (statistically anyway) but his defense is DEAD LAST IN THE NATION! #120 OUT OF 120!!!

    Then he’s almost a non-starter, IF Jones is right and UK will not hire Franklin, because he sued the school. Lotta “if” I know, but still, IF Franklin is key to the offense, and IF the offense isn’t coming here, what’s the point of the hire?

  35. Danny
    9:18 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    This s terrible. I want BP and that is final.

  36. burger
    9:18 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink


  37. Wouldn’t it be a kick in the head if the real story is what MJ discussed in the post-game show (that Bob Stoops isn’t happy at OK) and that he might come and bring Mark with him to coach defense? As 25 said, Bob was smart enough to hire Mike Leach before. Maybe he would bring in a similar OC while he and Mark handled the D!!!

  38. BTW, I don’t believe Bob would be interested, but if he were, nown THAT would be a home run!

  39. true story
    9:22 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart = Jurich Plant. True Story. Well, seems that way anyhow.

  40. Nown = now

  41. Hire Stoops
    9:23 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    This would be a homerun compared to many of the names that I’ve seen mentioned. If not the Kentucky job, Stoops will get a high profile job HC job very soon. If Mitch can’t close the deal on Stoops than I am worried to see who we end up with.

    He is young and has amazing recruiting connections in Florida, Ohio, and much of the South.

    He was the DB coach at Miami(FL) under Larry Coker when they won the National Championship in 2001-2002. While at Miami, he was the position coach for NFL players Ed Reed, Antel Rolle, Sean Taylor, Mike Rumph, and Phillip Buchannon. All five of these guys were first round picks in the NFL Draft.

    He is currently in his 9th season as a Defensive Coordinator. After six years as the DC at Arizona, he has now been the DC at FSU for the past three seasons under Jimbo Fisher. FSU currently has one of the Top Defenses in the entire country. This is a guy who is ready for a head coaching job and will be getting one whether its UK or someone else. Calling him another Joker is very shortsighted.

    If you are someone who doesn’t like Stoops, name me someone other than Petrino. I would take Petrino too, but you are crazy if you think Petrino is the only coach on Earth you would support and the only coach that could win at UK. If you want to be mad at Mitch for not hiring Petrino, that’s fine but he’s not the only coach.

  42. Hire Stoops
    9:27 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    30 – I think the only reason Petrino hasn’t taken his name out of consideration for the position is because he is offended that Mitch didn’t try to contact him and he loves the publicity right now. I want him too, but I still think he wouldn’t have come even if Mitch had offered him. He didn’t want the UK job in my opinion.

  43. Bradley
    9:27 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    36. Bingo! Mitch won’t hire Petrino though. Character is very important to Mitch when he makes a hire…you know, like Mickie DeMoss, Billy Gillispie and Dennis Erickson.

  44. JJ
    9:29 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    41—I agree with you 100%. Stoops has me excited. With the family connections, he will have a very good staff. The idea of getting fat Phil makes me sick. I do like Sonny Dykes, but Franklins not coming wtih him. Won’t happen.

  45. Bob
    9:29 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Whoever the next guy is, needs to know, 6-6 is not good enough. 8-4 needs to be the bar. Obviously, the new guy needs a couple years to get there, but that’s where Petrino would have gotten us. I have no problem with Barnhardt not hiring Petrino as long as he accept that 6-6 is not good enough. If in the next 4 years UK has not been to two bowl games and one 8-4 season, Barnhardt needs to be fired. If they do, then the fans need to admit that they were wrong. It’s that simple.

  46. burger
    9:31 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Why would anyone think the younger brother of Bob would stick around at UK IF he was successful?

    He’s an Iowa boy.

    In comparison to Bobby Petrino… this is a guy with no track record as a head coach AND who only has experience with defense (which got blown today against Florida).

    If you can’t stop Florida with Florida State talent, why would someone trust you with KY talent?

    Petrino is multiple levels above this guy. Let’s get that straight.

  47. Han
    9:32 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    And his head coach experience is where? Another risky hire.

  48. CATS
    9:33 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    41) I agree totally

  49. you r crazy
    9:33 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    It sounds like the process is started, we should have a coach soon.

  50. Gbb
    9:34 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Guess what 35……. You’re not gonna get him…Mitch is going to hire; if not Mark stoops, then someone very similar…. An young assistant that will light a fire into this program, and that’s what UK needs right now!

  51. true story
    9:37 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Got deleted for criticizing Mitch. Awesome. No vulgarity. No inappropriate laguage. LITERALLY just got deleted for criticizing Mitch.

  52. not true story
    9:41 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Oh wait.. I got deleted for being Pro Petrino… got it. Yeesh.

  53. Cats
    9:49 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    45.) You are an ignorant blowhard. We havent had an 8 win season in like 30 years, and you want some guy to make it happen in 4 years. And why does everyone magically think Petrino would just magically make that happen. The truth is no one knows. Kids parents are not going enjoy their kid going to a crap footbll school with a POS of man as their coach. You people need to seriously get over it, there are other females at the bar….

  54. njCat
    9:50 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Joe.. So it was CM that hired Tubby… but it was Barnhart that watched the program deteriorate for years before Tubby finally left on his own. The point is, when he tried to retain a coach that actually had some success here (Morris), he couldn’t hang on to him. Then he hired Brooks because he couldn’t get anyone else. Then he hired Joker, which was obviously the path of least resistance. What about Joker’s monotone, boring communication style would lead Barnhart to believe he could lead a top flight national program? What about his play calling while associate head coach would lead Mitch to believe he had a good football mind? Honestly, one of the worst hires in college football history.

    And don’t talk to me about how successful Brooks was. He lost more than he won and was only CLOSE to competitive in the SEC one year out of seven. Kentucky was REGULARLY embarrassed on national TV – even in his SUCCESSFUL years.

    There is no reason that we should be as bad as we are right now. When an organization fails as consistently as UK football has failed – you have to look at the leadership.. the ones responsible for making the biggest decisions and hires. Barnhart has had enough time to get it turned around and has failed miserably. If you think his next ‘high character’ hire is going to change anything, you are truly a dupe.

  55. All Chromosomes Are Not Equal
    9:53 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Just because someone’s BROTHER was a good coach means NOTHING. There’s another Gruden brother who’s a coach, too.
    And there’s a REASON you’ve never heard of him. That Petrino is “multiple levels above this guy” is without question.
    For the life of me, I can’t understand why you wouldn’t hire Petrino, knowing he’ll be gone soon, get some excellent
    new recruits in, and then be in a MUCH better position for a new hire a couple years down the road.

    Whoever up there came up with “Milquetoast Mitch” needs to win a box of Twinkies. That’s awesome.

  56. njCat
    10:01 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    53. If Brooks can win 8 games w/ bottom of the barrel (in the SEC) recruiting classes, then the next coach s/b able to do at least as well. Set you sights for mediocrity and thats what you get.

    This program needs either Petrino or Tressel to get the culture changed. Anything else will be more of the same.. a program that embarrasses all of us.

  57. ukfan
    10:12 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    When the next hire is successful, the 10% of us that support the hire will get to say “I told you so” while the rest of you jump back on the band wagon.

  58. UL SUCKS
    10:13 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    anyone have a link to watch the duke vs louisville game?

  59. Jimmer204
    10:14 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    46 — Name me one candidate other Petrino that you would support.

  60. Jimmer204
    10:16 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    46 – I know you can give reasons why Petrino should be the coach. Now give me one more candidate that you think would be a good hire. It seems like every thread is just Petrino, Petrino, Petrino….and every candidate is bad because they are not Petrino.

  61. Jimmer204
    10:17 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    55 — You must live under a rock if you’ve never heard of Mark Stoops and I haven’t seen one person say he would be a good hire because Bob Stoops is his brother. You are the only person saying that, but good family connections doesn’t hurt. There is a reason why Mark Stoops may have a better coaching job than Petrino next season.

  62. burger
    10:23 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    #59 – Jimmer204 – Why take the best candidate off the list?

    Because the inconsistent AD making the hire tells you character is suddenly important?

    Where was the character filter when BCG, Dennis Erickson were hired? How about when his character filter prevents Barnhart from hiring Cal in 2007, but suddenly it’s not an issue in 2009?

    I won’t take the best candidate off the list, and neither should this AD who has no ground to stand on.

  63. kybigblue
    10:24 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    His defense didn’t do much today against an SEC team, Florida, playing in Tally.

  64. Hartline
    10:24 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    57 is right. If you aren’t behind the school’s hire just get out. It’s not what a real UK fan would do and is just debilitating the coaching search right now.

  65. Jimmer204
    10:27 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    62 – I’m not saying I don’t want Petrino. I think the majority of BBN wants him. I just don’t think its Petrino or Bust…..and that kind of menatlity is ridiculous. He’s not the only man for the job. I also think that you have become a “hater” of every candidate that is not Petrino.

  66. burger
    10:31 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    When Barnhart’s job is on the line all his character filters goes out the window.


    – Refused to hire Cal in 2007
    – Hired him in 2009

    What changed? His job was on the line.

    If this is a demonstration of character or leadership then we should all hope we are as fully of integrity like Mitch.

    How can this guy look anyone in the eye when talking about character of another?

  67. Jimmer204
    10:38 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    66 – You are speaking to the choir. Ask the majority of UK fans if the character of their football caoch matters and most will say no. We all just want to win.

    We get it that you want Petrino and don’t like Mitch. Those facts don’t mean tnat every candidate whose not Petrino should be destroyed and downgraded.

  68. burger
    10:38 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    If you’d like Jimmer, go back and read my posts. I base my assessments on factual information and observation of precedent.

    I hate no one, yet I find Mitch Barnhart unqualified based on his record.

    You can’t say he’s done anything he wanted (that matters) to do and it was successful at UK. His discretion has been repeatedly shown to be lacking in coach vetting. Yet he talks about character like he knows something about it.

    Like Mitch is better than Petrino in his mind. An AD getting ready to be unemployed for lack of being able to do his job telling us Bobby Petrino is what’s wrong for our program.

    He should look in the mirror and at the facts.

    Kentucky Football History (1881 — 2012)

    UK Record Before Mitch Barnhart: 1881 — 2002

    Wins .. Losses .. Total Games .. % Won
    528 …….. 511 …….. 1039 ………… 50.82

    UK Record Since Mitch Barnhart: 2003 — 2012
    Wins .. Losses .. Total Games .. % Won
    53 …….. 71 …….. 124 ………….. 42.74

    This is 9 years of results. Yea, he deserves more time… to look in the mirror.

  69. Jimmer204
    10:40 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    68 – I still don’t know what you are proving. I don’t think anyone thinks that Mitch has been successful with the football program. The facts prove what we all believed to be true.

  70. Jimmer204
    10:41 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    68 – Even the sunshine pumpers and Mitch Apologists will tell you that UK football has been unsuccessful under Mitch.

  71. Jimmer204
    10:42 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    68 – I agree with you about Mitch and Petrino would be a great hire, but he’s not the only great hire out there. I personally think Stoops would be another great hire.

  72. wildcat81
    10:44 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    How about Spurrier? Oh yeah, he already came to Lex to interview and Mitch went with Brooks.

  73. burger
    10:44 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    You ask me to take Petrino off the table. I won’t. I gave the reasons for that.

    You ask me to not destroy the other candidates – I haven’t.

    I will give assessment of these guys based on the key factors in what UK must have to be successful.

    Read post #46 for my quick take on Mark Stoops.

  74. Pretty funny how....
    10:45 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Y’all are quick to judge the character of people you’ve never once met in your entire lives. Stop taking sports so seriously.

  75. Jimmer204
    10:48 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    73 – I don’t think Stoops would stick around either, but that’s not what I’m looking for in the next coach. I just want a coach that wins and if 3-5 years now we have to hire another coach because our next coach did a great job than I am fine with that. To have a UK head football coach pursued by other schools would be incredible.

    Some people don’t like when CAL is discussed for NBA jobs, but I would rather have that than not have it. If other people want your coach, you are doing something right.

  76. Jimmer204
    10:55 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    As far as today goes, I don’t think its fair to judge Stoops for this job based solely on the UF game. If FSU had shutout Florida, would you want him as your coach? My guess is no, so that means today’s results were irrelevant.

    He is a finalist for Defensive Coordinator of the Year and while I think that will go to Diaco at Notre Dame, Stoops has done a great job.

    Stoops isn’t free of concerns for me either, but I can only think of two reasons not to hire him:

    – No Head Coaching Experience
    – Not an offensive guy…..who is hired as the OC would be a very big deal if Stoops becomes the Head Coach as he’s never even been a position coach on offense. This means that the OC would do ALL of the play-calling and need to be someone that could immediately help our young QB’s.

  77. Jason
    10:56 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops is a winner. I completed a degree at FSU when he arrived. Completely turned around an atrocious defense left from the Bowden days. The guy can coach. HIRE HIM.

  78. Hire The Kid
    10:56 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Hire the Kid at A&M. He is the best offensive mind out there.
    He will energize the fan base as well.
    That kid is sharp…….Hire Him!

  79. burger
    10:57 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    #75 – jimmer204 – Agreed on both points.

    I have to add that I don’t want the net coach to leave the Football program with any issues (1. NCAA violations, 2. Academic issues).

    Petrino is clean on both fronts for 9 years as a program head. This is a factor people aren’t taking into consideration regarding security of your program (and character). A proven track record over time earns you credit, this is not something any of these guys who have never run a major program can bring to the table.

    I’m ok with taking a chance, but not when your being misled by people spinning the news for their own agendas (Mitch doesn’t want to have to deal with Bobby Petrino, just like he didn’t want to deal with Calipari).

    Know how they settled that when he was forced to hire Cal? They hired a liason in the Athletic Department who was the in between for Cal and Barnhart. Easy enough, considering this (football) is your #1 funder for the entire program.

  80. burger
    11:01 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    #77 – Jason – Not sure about Stoops ability based on just this… at FSU he’s got major pipelines in Florida to fill the gaps.

    When your a coach at any of the big 3 Florida schools (UF, FSU, Miami) you are at the doorway to unlimited talent.

    Stoops wouldn’t have nearly the same level at UK, and would have to get really creative in getting what he gets, and working it into success. Not saying he can’t do it, just don’t see a resume of work doing THAT.

  81. Hire The Kid
    11:08 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch, listen to the TV analyist that called the game today.
    Hire the Kid From A&M.
    If you don’t, when he takes another job and is a super star in a couple of years, it will become one of the most second guessed hires in FB history.
    Do not let him get away!!!

  82. Sad
    11:12 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    So many of you are like spoiled children on Christmas when you found out you didn’t get your dream toy. Bitch and moan all you want but we aren’t hiring Petrino. Neither is Arkansas or Tennessee … there is a reason for that. Shut up and back whoever is hired. You can’t judge a coach if he hasn’t even been on campus. Grow up.

  83. burger
    11:21 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    #82 – Sad – But until one is on campus we can call out the AD for his record (inconsistency, hypocrisy, 9 years worth of driving our program further into the ground) and point out the best man for the job.

  84. Reality man
    11:22 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Brooks – sec record= 16-39 man he was pretty successful
    Of those 16 sec win only six came from schools not from Mississippi or named Vanderbilt

    Ark 2 – ok in one and sucked the other
    Georgia 2 – average
    LSU 1. – #1 in country
    Auburn 1 – sucked that yr

    So stop acting like brooks was a great coach he played sh&t non conferance teams to pad wins……period. All he built was a house of cards

  85. yep
    11:31 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink


  86. KyCat
    11:50 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    @68 Burger… I am for hiring Petrino too however, it is a little unfair to compare Barnhart to what UK football was 50 years ago. He has been here for 11 seasons and in those 11 seasons his record is 58-77 for 42,96%. The 11 years before he arrived, our record was 44-80 or 35.48%. So depending on where you cherry pick the years, he actually has seen an improvement in the football team.

  87. barnhearts brain
    11:58 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    just like mitch, go to an offensive sound team and hire the defensive coordinator, der der der

  88. football coach > calipari
    12:04 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    if a coach wants more money then cal, then give it to him, its not like were asking cal to give up money so it affects him in no way, plus our football program needs it more and football makes a whole lot more money then basketball, hate to break it to you trailer trash rednecks but its true, if you disagree then your a retard that knows nothing

  89. sad
    12:10 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    @83 Um… better in every sport except football. Really driving things into the ground isn’t he?

  90. BigBlue Forever
    12:38 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Yet another loser barney fife has found.

  91. Grate at spellin
    1:00 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously? He’s never been a head coach? R U Kidding? Isn’t this the same ol, same ol deal?
    Why the hell did we fire Joker? Who, by the way, had an uphill battle to start with. No head coaching experience and thrown into the meat grinder of the SEC. Now, this? WTF?!

    We need a name that already has prestige and, yes, someone who is or has been a head coach. Didn’t the coordinator, no head coaching experiment fail already? C’mon, Mitch!! You call that trying?!

  92. Hawkeye Tim
    5:59 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Love to see a fellow Hawkeye here……Great track record. Go Mitch go.

  93. Tommy
    7:38 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    91 – No offense, but I don’t think the Joker experiment failed because he didn’t have head coaching experience. There are plenty of coordinators across the country who have proven to be great hires.

    Joker was named HCIW after just 3 years as an Offensive Coordinator at UK and no previous experience as a coordinator. Stoops has not only been a coordinator for 9 years, but is considered one of the best in the conuntry and is a finalist for DC of the Year. He was also the DB Coach on Miami’s 2001 National Championship team that featured players like Ed Reed and Antrel Rolle in the secondary.

    Stoops has great connections across the couuntry, so he would probably assemble a top notch staff as long as UK would foot the bill. He is right there with Kirby Smart and Bob Diaco as the most sought after DC’s in the country. Sure he is unproven as a DC and he would have to hire a solid OC, but don’t see how can we do much better than Stoops. He would put fans in the stands. I’m sure a select few would stay home, (maybe even you), but 90% of the fans who didn’t renew would be back with a Stoops hire.

  94. Tom Seaver
    7:48 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Good to know it only took until the second comment to talk about how this pick would suck and the fourth comment for someone to observe that this wasn’t done in the SEC and, therefore, would be a failure. Good to know there are people still holding out for Saban to take the job. After all, he is pure SEC. Oh, right, he started at Michigan State. Well, then Miles would be next. Again, pure SEC. Darn, started at Okie Lite. Muschamp, who had never been a head coach? Came from Texas as a head-coach-in-waiting. Those don’t work out. Spurrier? I’ve got my fingers crossed that we will find the perfect candidate who will not fail, make UK a national power, despite having two 10 win seasons in the last 70 years, who has been a successful head coach, because coaches with only coordinator experience like Muschamp, Bob Stoops, and Charlie Strong, for example, are not successful as head coaches. I am so pumped! When are we going to dig up Bear Bryant’s remains?

  95. Catfan4444
    8:16 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bottom line is if Petrino isn’t hired, most of our fan base is gonna be miffed. His name isn’t going away Mitch. You’re a piece of work Mitch. Please resign.

  96. Grate at spellin
    8:56 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    93 – No offense taken. I’m just saying he may be one of the most sought after dc’s, but we need a head coach with the ability of a Bobby Petrino or a Nick Saban. Mitch needs to hit a home run here. We need someone to finally turn this football program around and not in little increments of mediocrity, but into a team that is competitive with the very best in the SEC and college football. You may be right and this may be the guy but there’s a lot one must assume he’ll be able to accomplish if hired and it just seems like there’d be less of a risk or waste of time to hire a known head coach with a proven track record of turning teams around. That way when Mitch announces our new head coach I say, ‘Awesome! That guy rules!’, and not, ‘Who the hell is that guy?’!

  97. markp
    9:02 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Kingsbury is a good possiblility, Stoops is a good possiblity, but Petrino is proven. The fans deserve a winning football program Mitch. This hire should not be about potential. It should be based in proof of who can win in the SEC.

  98. [email protected]
    9:03 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why not go after the Vandy coach. 8-4 at Vandy with a top 20 recruiting class coming in. If someone can move Vandy from the bottom to the tier of the SEC within a few years, then obviously he could get the job done at UK.

  99. Joe
    9:09 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    The same fans who bitch about Mitch for hiring Gillespie just fir beating Louisville in rupp don’t want stoops based on one game against Florida. When ninety percent of y’all didn’t even watch. No wonder our football program sucks, we may know bball, but our football fans are retarded.

  100. markp
    9:25 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Go after Petrino. We need a coach with a stick it in your gut and twist the knife kind of attitude to change this culture to a winning one. He has the same attitude that a younger Spurrier had when asked about running up the score on teams he would just say that the other team should get better.

  101. Go Big Blue
    11:20 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    I like Petrino like everyone else but it’s not going to happen. Just because Joker didnt work out doesn’t mean hiring an OC or DC won’t work. I have agreed with everything Barnhart has done since he has been here, but he has done a solid job. Being an AD is not a popularity contest. People make mistakes. Looking back, Billy Clyde was a mistake, but none of us knew this at the time. He was a winner at A&M. The Joker head coaching in waiting was driven by Brooks.

    Like everyone else, I have my top choices. For what it’s work, here it is (Not including Petrino). Did not include Rex Ryan as I don’t think that is realistic.

    1—Sonny Dykes–Must bring Tony Franklin with him. Without Franklin he is off my list.
    2—Kliff Kingsberry—Young, energetic coach with exciting offense.
    3—Mark Stoops—Great defensive mind, which is what it takes in the SEC. Family ties will allow him to put together a good staff. With the right OC, would be a great choice.

  102. SevenT
    2:18 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    If Barnhart cares about selling out the stadium, creating excitement and winning he will hire Petrino. Forget about Petrino’s past, we all have one, this ain’t the Boy Scouts. This is a business and Petrino knows the College Football Business. If I was Barnhart I would surround myself with the top people in and around the University and just ask them if Petrino is worth the minor risks. Quit messing around if Kentucky doesn’t offer Petrino someone else certainly will and Kentucky will look like a fool.

  103. burger
    2:39 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    #86 – KYCat – “Depending on where you cherry pick the years”?

    My data is the sum total of the history of the program vs. the years Barnhart has been our AD.

    I did this to avoid cherry picking. Your number on the other hand are the definition of cherry picking.

  104. Twill84
    4:09 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    I like Mike Macintyre, its his 3rd year at San Jose St and he’s taken them for 1-12 to now 10-2!!

  105. KyCat
    7:30 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    @103 Buger. I don’t disagree that what I did was cherry picking. However Kentucky has not had a winning tradition in football for years and years and years prior to Barnhart coming on board. Only when you go back to the early days of our program through the Bear Bryant years did Kentucky have a winning overall record. So yes, I cherry picked the years that were more representative of what the program was that Mitch inherited, not the program UK had prior to the mid 1950’s. If you are going to compare him to what Kentucky was prior to his arrival I think it much more relevant to compare him to the level they were performing at the time he was hired. To say Kentucky had an overall winning record when he came in while technically accurate is not a true indication of what the program had been the 50 years prior to his arrival. In fact if you look at the 50 years prior to Barnhart’s arrival which includes a couple of Bear Bryant years, the winninging percentage is exactly the same. So yes it is cherry picking to select only a few years but it is not a true indication of the UK football program that Barnhart inherited to give the impression that we were a winning program. The 50 year cumulative winning percentage starting with the 1952 season through the 2001 season our record was 224-300-15 for a inning percentage of 42.95% while Barnhart’s tenure from 2002 through 2012 is 58-77 or 42.96%. Is that still cherry picking or do you think it is fair to compare the Barnhart tenure to what Kentucky was doing 50 years before he arrived? Somehow doing that seems disingenious.

    I agree with you on most of your argument. I just think it is not fair to compare his current tenure to include what our program was doing more than 50 years ago when clearly for 50 years prior to his arrival we had started the downward spiral and the decade before his arrival it was significantly worse than what it has been under his stewardship.