The country’s top college football analyst believes Mark Stoops makes the most sense for Florida State’s head coaching vacancy.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit was asked about the open position in an ESPN conference call. Still one of the top jobs in college football, Bob’s younger brother checks all the boxes for the Seminoles.
“I think that the most obvious name to come to the top of my head is Mark Stoops, because he left there as a defensive coordinator, did a really good job for Jimbo Fisher, coached some very high profile players, their defense was good enough for him to eventually get the head job at UK,” said Herbstreit. “He’s been there now for whatever it is, six or seven years, and has done a pretty good job obviously there, won 10 games last year, which is tough to do in the SEC when you’re in Lexington. And so I think he would be an obvious candidate.”
It’s worth keeping in mind that Herbie is close with the Stoopses. When Bob wanted his name taken off the list of potential candidates, he first told Herbstreit. When Mark’s teams are struggling, Herbstreit is the last analyst to still have faith in the Wildcats, and that’s typically when they turn it around and return to their winning ways.
Herbstreit did make it clear that his response was not based on inside information.
“I mean I’m like you and everybody else, you’re literally just throwing names out there,” said Herbstreit. “I’m hoping by Saturday to have a little bit more of an idea of some real people, but I think they have got to go after an established coach, I don’t know if taking a hot coordinator would be the right move.”
Florida State’s administration has publicly stated that it wants to wrap up the coaching search by the end of November. The way Memphis’ schedule plays out, Mike Norvell could fit the bill perfectly.
It’s STILL VERY EARLY in the #FSU coaching search process but one name I’m hearing that is getting some traction there is #Memphis HC Mike Norvell who is 34-15 e/ the Tigers and his buyout is only about $500K: https://t.co/GyBrKen0FL
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 7, 2019