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Mark Stoops’ comments about the Miami job


Last night, Mark Stoops was asked about rumors that he’s a candidate for the Miami job. Nick transcribed the comments for you in his practice notes, but KSTV was kind enough to share the video on Twitter:

Stoops didn’t exactly say he wasn’t interested in the Miami job, but to be fair, as he points out, he doesn’t really have a lot of experience deflecting these rumors. Before you fret too much over Stoops’ comments and connection to The U, where he coached defensive backs from 2001-2003, take heart in these comments from Mitch Barnhart, who told Kyle Tucker he thinks Stoops wants to make Kentucky “his” place, like his brother Bob did at Oklahoma:

“I think he looks at what his brother has done at Oklahoma and the length of time that Bob has stayed there and how it has become his home and Mark looks at that and says, ‘You know, this is a pretty cool place to live. Lexington, Ky., is a pretty cool place to be. And the University of Kentucky is pretty special right now,’ ” Barnhart said. “He’s got solid recruiting in the rearview mirror, really solid classes in his front window and right now he’s riding around in a pretty good spot in all the things that we have.”

I hope Barnhart’s right.

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30 Comments for Mark Stoops’ comments about the Miami job

  1. Sandwich
    4:20 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    Miami isn’t the job it once was. I don’t think Stoops wants to leave a job he hasn’t brought up to his standards just to rebuild another program. But what do I know?

    • Helen
      5:35 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      Miami fans want Butch Davis. End of story. Stoops is at the bottom of their wish list honestly. He hasn’t done enough to warrant consideration. Besides recruiting well at UK, what’s he accomplished really? He hasn’t even coached a bowl game yet. Miami fans’ expectations are ridiculous. Considering Stoops for the Miami job, USC, or FSU if Jimbo Fisher were to leave is very premature. He needs to show that he can win at a high level first. That being said, why would Stoops want to leave? The Miami job is nothing close to the elite position it once was in 1980s. Why would Stoops want to leave Kentucky for a job that’s not one of the top 5-7 jobs in college football? He should stay put and focus on what he’s doing at Kentucky. He does that and he’ll have better opportunities.

  2. Michael Stacy
    4:33 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    Flights to Miami are reasonable; if he has another showing against Tennessee like last weeks debacle I’ll be happy to purchase him a one way ticket. Although if the ticket counter at the airport is as confused as his defense he could end up in Miami, Oklahoma near brothers Bob and Mike.

    • WeareBBN
      9:33 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      I would rather BBN buy you a one way ticket to anywhere so you can start rooting for another team. Maybe we should get rid of Cal, I mean he lost in the NIT to RMU and that was more of a debacle, using your word, than the MSU game last week. Stoops and staff have UK going in a great direction and hopefully he stays here and continues to build the program.

  3. BobKYCats
    4:34 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    Personally, I think after the Al Golden fiasco, Miami’s gonna hang in there for a little while and try to reel in a big name coach first before they go after Stoops.

    • UKBlue1!
      5:03 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      What Big Name? They have No stadium and there facilities aren’t as good as 1/2 the ACC. They are using the Dolphin Stadium which is about 20 minutes from campus. The biggest draw to coach there is the fertile recruiting ground. Most of the coaches that have succeeded there left for another job.

  4. Rnet
    4:37 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    Sandwich you are just repeating verbatim what M Jones said. Got News for you, if Miami offers he is gone. If you don’t believe me watch the video. Then ask yourself would I leave UK to be the head man at the U? No brainer Folks!

    • Bret
      6:11 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      What a joke, Miami is not a great job and the expectations are lower at UK with better pay and resources. That would be a terrible decision for Stoops.

  5. pithuahua
    4:43 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    And on a lighter note…. Landon Foster has been named a candidate for the Ray Guy Award… SMH…LOL

  6. Cal's Cats 3.0
    4:55 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    The easy answer if you have no interest is, not a chance, I love it here. You only need experience on answering questions like that if you are trying to deflect your interest in a job like that but you obviously aren’t going to say that you are. He hasn’t even likely been offered the job, so he can’t take a job in which he hasn’t been offered. If he is offered, he can’t admit to it until the regular season is over. I don’t understand why coaches leave before bowl games, at least finish the year out.

    I hope he sticks around and is great for us but this is the biggest issue UK faces. Either Stoops is a flop and no bigger program wants him or he does great and is a threat to leave to a more football driven school. Barnhart appears to be doing everything he can to provide an environment where football receives the support it needs to not be hindered by being in the shadow of basketball.

    Billy D at Florida had it made by receive the support he needed to be successful but the pressure wasn’t intense because football is king there. Stoops seems to have the same opportunity here. The problem is UK fans are so crazy when it comes to basketball and that is starting to bleed over into football. We saw some what of a melt down from fans after losing to MSU. Billy D would not have had that kind of a reaction after a loss in basketball in a season when they were unranked. So unless we cool the jets on the criticisms toward the football team after losses, we may run Stoops out of here.

  7. Snickerdoodle
    5:03 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    Honestly, I’m not completely sold on the guy yet, for this program.
    I like what they did with the stadium. I hate the stupid logo they felt
    they needed to “sell” the stadium to fans with. Jeez. Don’t fix what’s
    not broken, okay? NOW it’s broken. Fix THAT! But anyway, like
    I said, there’s something about Stoops that bugs me, and it’s hard to
    put a finger on, but if pressed to put into words, I’d say it’s that he’s
    too careful. It’s like he’s so worried about doing everything Just Right
    to pad his resume, he’s falls short of the passion and courage it takes
    to be a risk-taker. He seems calculating, and frightened by his
    calculations. Furthermore, I grow weary of all this hope pinned on
    him because of his brother’s accomplishments. Only in fantasyland
    does that kind of fertilzer hold any water.

    If we truly become an excellent program under his tenure, then
    I’ll eat every word with hot sauce on it. As for now, my
    jury is still out. If he chose to leave for a higher-paying job,
    I’d just shrug and say “Don’t let the door hit-cha.”

    • Cal's Cats 3.0
      5:08 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      Recruiting has picked up quite a bit under him. It is hard to notice results though when you are finished in the top 25 in recruiting but not in the top half of the SEC. The SEC is so stacked each year, we end up struggling to go bowling while other teams on the same level of talent will go 7-5/8-4 with ease. The problem is, if we were in a different conference would we have been able to land those top classes? I would imagine some recruits came to Kentucky to get the exposure the SEC gives you but they wouldn’t have to wait until their senior year to see the field.

    • Jesus Effin' Facepalming Christ
      5:11 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      We have some truly idiotic fans.

  8. Scratch
    5:09 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    Stoops only looks good in relation to Joker, not with respect to the SEC. He has1 win in 3 years against a top 60 team. His on the field coaching has not been impressive. Why wouldn’t he want to leave if given the chance? My question is surely Miami could do better. What Barnhart says is meaningless

    • Captain Obvious
      5:14 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      If we played in the ACC or the AAC, we’d be praising Stoops as a hero. Lets get a roster full of top 20 classes before we are too quick to judge. We play AT ALABAMA next year. The SEC is no cakewalk. You don’t just “come in and win the damn thing.”

    • Kevin C.
      6:34 am October 31, 2015 Permalink

      Yes, Captain Obvious (Oblivious is more like it), we’d be praising him when we get steamrolled by the likes of FSU, Miami, NCSt, Clemson, UNC, Duke (yes, they’re better than UK), and Pitt. The current SEC is nowhere near as balanced as the ACC, and UK would still have to play UL every year as well, if they joined the ACC. No idea why you mentioned the AAC…that’s just dumb.

  9. BluKudzu
    5:11 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    Here is the thing. Before he leaves UK for the bigger and better, he needs to be able to show better and bigger numbers than he has right now. This is what is going to happen in order for him to leave; He has to get to a bowl this year, and he has to get to a bowl next year, and win the bowl game.
    He has lost over 60% of his games the first two seasons, with multiple significant blowouts each year.
    If he is to be considered for a major coaching position, he has got to do a better job in each phase of the process. The offense is not good, Special teams are below acceptable, and the defense, has seemingly gotten worse. By now, with the addition of his recruiting classes, something should be changing, but after last week, only those desperate for a head coach, would look this way. It was another melt down, blow out and the real strength of the schedule is ahead of us, not behind us.
    He is getting a lot of talk about his work to turn around UK, and obviously the hype on recruiting has given him some credence..
    The fact remains, we are just 4 plays away from being winless this year. In fact, even at 4-3, we have scored less points on the season than our opponents. That is a key indicator of a team struggling with a lot of problems, especially with a year to date schedule ranked as one of the weakest.
    These things are real, he has a lot to prove before he can be considered as a head coach going elsewhere. He has a lot of questions to answer about his decisions as well this year.
    He produces the gaffes he has done this year, at a better program, he won’t make it through the season. He has it good here, multi million dollar contract to win only four or five games a year, those gigs are very hard to find.

    • Captain Obvious
      5:22 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      You really like to bend things in your favor, don’t you? UK was 157 vs 139 prior to the Miss St. game. Your little factoid is skewed.

      “It was another melt down, blow out and the real strength of the schedule is ahead of us, not behind us.” Oh, so Vandy, Charlotte and Louisville are better than Miss State, Tennessee and Georgia?

      We are also 4-5 plays away from being 6-1. But I’m sure you’d still find a reason to complain.

      Look we get it – you hate Stoops and this team. We are tired of hearing you spew vitriol on every post. Just stop watching them. You’ve obviously taken all the fun out of it.

    • Cal's Cats 3.0 Check us out on Facebook
      5:22 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      You would think he would need to win more but look at Tennessee. They hired Derek Dooley from Louisiana Tech who had just went 4-8 in his last season there. He ended up getting fired after 3 seasons, clearly not a good hire but strong football programs have hired coaches that on paper doesn’t look right.

      Gene Chizik takes Iowa State to a 2-10 record and then gets hired by Auburn who then goes undefeated and wins the title in his second season, to then being fired 2 years later. None of that sentence on paper makes a lot of sense…

    • LOL
      5:29 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      When you hear people say that some UK fans only sense of self worth depends on the success of UK sports, they were referring to people like BluKudzu.

      Calm down, bro.

  10. carvingitup
    6:25 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    The only thing worse than writing a 500 word essay on a sports blog…….is someone counting to see how many words someone wrote.

  11. Mohammed Effin' Facepalming Buddha
    6:31 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    >>We have some truly idiotic fans.<<

    Yeah, and you're the King.

    Stoops is a "Company Man" and I hate that. I've always hated
    brown-nosing play-it-safe types who are always squeaky clean
    and always angling for something better.

    What Kentucky football needs is a warrior. And I don't mean
    a foul-mouthed fear-enforcer, either. I mean a guy who is right
    in the trenches next to his men and would take a bullet for
    anyone on his side. His little tantrums on the sidelines are
    a joke. Pure politics. He's trying so hard to be Perfect
    Mark Stoops that he just comes off as football's very own
    Door To Door Salesman.

    I also agree that he looks great compared to Joker, but he
    looks like a joke compared to the SEC.

    What I'd love for Kentucky is to have ULL's coach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    He was danged impressive! Let's get a guy who works his
    own life as hard as he asks his guys to work. A guy who has
    done a ****ing situp in the last 10 years fakrissakes.

    • Easter Bunny Effin' Facepalming Santa
      6:37 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      You wouldn’t say any of that to Stoops face. I guarantee it. You’re a “danged” pu$$y.

  12. Mohammed Effin' Facepalming Buddha
    6:33 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    >>The only thing worse than writing a 500 word essay on a sports blog…….is someone counting to see how many words someone wrote.<<

    Yeah, well, some of us with decent educations and minds we actually use,
    appreciate communicating with other human beings in sentences with more
    than 140 characters. Wipe the babyfood off your chin and STFU.

    • bluetwo2
      7:23 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

      You know nothing about coaching or football! Go back to Louisville you Effin’ Troll!

  13. carvingitup
    7:16 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    We all can’t have a GED like you…SMD!

  14. jame223
    7:20 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    Whether you like Stoops or not, no one can deny we are recruiting better and are much better than we were when he first took the job. Go Cats. Go Stoops.

    • Amy
      10:58 am October 31, 2015 Permalink

      The SEC doesn’t offer awards for recruiting. You have to win games. The recruiting has made the program more competitive overall and that’s a big accomplishment in this league. However, he hasn’t shown an ability to win consistently yet. I think the same can be said about Butch Jones at Tennessee. Personally, I’m not sold on Mark Stoops. I’m not convinced he will be a top level head coach in a major conference and that he’s committed to Kentucky long-term. He needs to do a better job managing the game and hire better assistant coaches. I would let both DJ Elliot and Shannon Dawson go after this season and find replacements with proven, successful experience, even from mid-major programs. But again, the fact that Elliott and Dawson were hired to begin with makes people doubt Stoops’s decision making.

  15. Kevin C.
    6:27 am October 31, 2015 Permalink

    If it’s offered, I hope Stoops takes it. We won’t be any worse without him, and we can finish the season looking for a real coach, with real winning experience, instead of a poser and wannabe. There are plenty of “Mid-major” level coaches that would jump at the opportunity to be in the SEC, that will end up somewhere else, handing us losses in the near future, if we don’t grab one.

  16. Ha!
    7:07 am October 31, 2015 Permalink

    I doubt anyone offered this guy a head coaching job anywhere and why would they? He hasn’t proven anything yet. And if Stoops was offered a job with Miami he would probably accept it so he can remove himself from the position he is currently in…….hype and BS that Kentucky fans just keep eating by the bucketful. I can see his departure statement now…how he is leaving UK better off than what it was when he took over. A high school coach could have done the same thing when one considers where the program was before Stoops, but have no doubt, it’s not that much better off than it was before Stoops got here. You can tout your new stadium and all of the wonderful new recruits. You are still trying to make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t for all I can see with this clown. So let Miami have him if the offer actually exists (which I doubt).