Is Lexington big enough for the Stoops brothers? We may soon find out.
Mark Stoops appeared in the second hour of this morning’s Kentucky Sports Radio. After discussing Matt House’s departure at length, Matt Jones asked Stoops if he would potentially hire his brother, Mike. Stoops said he’s considering all options, and that “absolutely” includes his brother.
“If you go back to the last time I had a coordinating job open with D.J. (Eliot) leaving, I looked at hiring from outside the program and looked at promoting within. I ultimately decided to give Matt (House) the job and it worked out pretty well. Now I have to look at it the same way.”
Mike Stoops served as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator for the last seven seasons. Before his time at Oklahoma, Mike Stoops was Arizona’s head coach, where Mark spent six years working for his older brother. Two weeks ago Mike Stoops took a job as a quality control analyst for Nick Saban at Alabama.
“When we lose players through graduation, normal attrition, grad transfer or for whatever reason, you better be darn sure we’re trying to replace them with better players,” said Stoops. “When coaches leave, we’re trying to replace him with better coaches.”