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:
— KSTV (@KSTV_Sports) October 30, 2015
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.