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Stadium Frame’s Final Four Print Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast

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—  It’s over, folks.  It’s all over.  Mitch Barnhart made his hire and it’s receiving a warm reception thus far from Big Blue Nation.  Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops will replace Joker Phillips on the UK sideline next season in his first gig as a head coach.  We’re told Stoops reached out to Kentucky about the job and wowed Barnhart in the interview with his enthusiasm and a plan to win the SEC, which he believes is a realistic goal.  CBS’ national college football insider Jeremy Fisher called the interview “terrific.”

—  The official press release from UK can be found below.  A press conference will not be held until Sunday, likely at Keeneland, as Stoops is still in Tallahassee getting the Seminoles ready for the ACC Championship game against Georgia Tech.  Mitch Barnhart and Tim Couch will also participate in the press conference to introduce Kentucky’s new coach.

— “I am thrilled to be named the head football coach at the University of Kentucky.  My family and I are excited and looking forward to becoming a part of the Big Blue Nation,” Stoops said in the release.  “I promise the faithful of the Big Blue Nation I will be focused and driven to create a positive, winning atmosphere for the program and an environment that all of Kentucky can be proud of.”

Welcome aboard.

—  With Stoops’ hire comes a whole new round of reports and rumors as he begins to build his staff.  The first question fans want answered is who he’ll bring with him to run the offense.  Could we see Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley?  He would really get recruiting rolling with his ties in Florida.  Or what about Texas Tech’s Neal Brown?  Instant offense.  Either of those would be solid hires.

—  KSR’s one request: Keep Jarmon and Woodson around.

— This.

—  Be sure to tune in to 630 WLAP in Lexington this afternoon as Matt and Ryan host a special Mark Stoops edition of Kentucky Sports Radio radio.  The guys will be on the air and taking your calls from 3:00 – 6:00.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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26 Comments for Stadium Frame’s Final Four Print Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast

  1. Big Daddy
    3:33 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Homerun hire for all you Mitch haters out there!

  2. Big Daddy
    3:33 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    And the obligatory- First!

  3. true story
    3:35 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Good to see the special broadcast! Sorry for the underdogs though… they won’t have any listeners at all today! 😉

  4. JamesQuick
    3:37 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Coach, Call me.

  5. Tom Seaver
    3:37 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops sucks. We should have gotten Saban or Miles or Belichek. Barnhart sucks.

  6. Dr. Mantis Taboggin
    3:41 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    You guys should make another Stoops post there’s only 5 of them underneath this one.

  7. RICK
    3:44 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino for oc.

  8. Blueeeee-whiiiiiite
    3:44 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Why would you request him to keep jarmon and woodson. Let him do his job and bring in who he wants. We need a whole staff, all around. This guy knows what he’s doing and doesn’t need your help or input on who to keep around.

  9. true story
    3:44 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Well said #1. This is a home run hire with unlimited potential. it’s not Petrino or any of the ridiculous silliness of #5’s post, but you have to be living in a vacuum to not see how exceptional this hire is for UK Football.

  10. Rick Roy
    3:45 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Did he say win the SEC in basketball or football*

  11. SexnNursinHomes
    3:47 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Gettin more happier with each second. Not fond of Mitch, but I think this is a good hire.

    I’ll start it now. Stoops—) chawy stwong

  12. Crow
    3:49 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops ran behind Jimbo’s back while FSU is trying to win a bowl game and sought UK out and made a deal. That sound like criticism of someone else we’ve been hearing about a la Petrino and Auburn? #hypocrites

  13. UKfan
    3:51 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    While I would not call it a “home run” hire as the man has ZERO HC experience, I would call it a solid hire. If Mr. Stoops can come in and get recruiting turned around and get the support he needs from the University, then I think it could turn out very well.
    Depending on the staff he assmebles will go along way in making the culture around the program better and he will need a solid two years to get things moving in the right direction.

  14. Jesus H. Chrysler
    3:51 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    We can fully expect Howdy Dowdy & Bozo The Clown to be brought in to run the circus…errrr, offense & defense at Barnhardt & Cal’s 3 Ring Commonwealth Clown Stadium

  15. NO1UNO
    3:52 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    What 7 said

  16. Zombie-Head Aquarium
    3:54 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops’ statement is exponentially better than “talk to me when we’re 2-10.”

  17. Old Pogue Bourbon
    3:56 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    The crazies will say that Mitch shouldn’t get credit for the hire…Stoops approached him.

  18. Inspector Underwear
    4:05 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Lets just hope Eric Cartman doesn’t find out we hired a ginger! GREAT HIRE, btw.

  19. DCS195
    4:19 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    12) You’re absolutely sure that Jimbo did not know of the talks between Stoops and UK at the time they took place. I mean you must from what you said, right? I would never call someone out as a “hypocrite” while touting that bastion of virtue Bobby Petrino. Some people have no grasp of logic or propriety.

  20. DCS195
    4:24 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Additionally, you can let one party know you are interested without actually entering into negotiations or discussions.

  21. Dee Snutz
    4:26 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    14- Huh?

  22. tyson
    4:26 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    12) This is totally different. My guess (and like #19 pointed out to you, I don’t know, it’s just a guess) is that Jimbo did know that Stoops interviewed for the job but wanted to keep it out of the media for as long as possible so it wouldn’t be a distraction to their team. This happens all the time. Not a big deal at all.

  23. Mattcat68
    4:33 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I wasn’t very familiar with Mark Stoops but when you look at his body of work since 2001, he is likely one of the top 3 DCs in college football. That 2001-2002 Miami defense ranks as one of the best in NCAA history. His FSU defense is 2nd this year behind Bama. He is the best defensive mind available and UK got him. Now the real trick, get some 4-5 star recruits.

  24. So/so hire
    4:50 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Amen to what 13 said. I don’t know how some act like this is a homerun by any means nor is it a whiff. It’s a solid hire in that he has the pedigree and track record to possibly be a good head coach. He has never been a head coach though, so he could just as well have a record like jokers after 3 years. It’s a whole lot different recruiting to FSU then UK. Let’s give him a shot and see what happens.
    How are some complaining that he will just leave after 3 years for a better job? Yea, of coarse he will if he has success. This is UK football not Basketball. We aren’t exactly a destination job like Flordia and Bama. No matter who we get will be looking to move up. Let’s use that to our benefit. Who ever our coach is will work hard to win to get a better job there is nothing wrong with that.

  25. Helen
    5:48 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Was at the remote today…and Matt was VERY, VERY antsy this morning!!! Could sense that he really wanted to break the news this morning. Left Home Run Burgers knowing 99.99999% that Stoops was THE one!

  26. Catlantaman
    5:51 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Is this the real thing? @CoachStoopsUK