ESPN’s Travis Haney named six candidates to take over for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, and Mark Stoops is second on his list.
Stoops is joined by Kirby Smart, Alabama’s defensive coordinator; Chad Morris, head coach at SMU; Tom Herman, head coach at Houston; Justin Fuente, the head man at Memphis; and Shane Beamer, Virginia Tech’s associate head coach.
Here’s some of what Haney had to write about Stoops:
More than a few coaches have noted that Mark Stoops likely understands the ceiling at Kentucky. Sometimes an in-division move makes sense; South Carolina will always be the better football job, just as Kentucky will always be the better basketball job.
If Mark Stoops gets the Cats to a bowl game, and he should, then this is absolutely a name to note. [ESPN Insider]
Haney was a guest on Paul Finebaum earlier this afternoon, and once again mentioned Stoops as a coach who should be on South Carolina’s short list, along with Herman.
It is with a great deal of respect that I would like to say this isn’t happening. Stoops has been given everything he’s asked for at Kentucky, including his own designs for a new practice facility; and the talent gap is narrow, if it even exists at all. Not to mention, he loves Lexington and Ohio is just across the river.
Stoops isn’t leaving for South Carolina. I’ll put BTI’s salary on it.