After the Miami Hurricanes were embarrassed by Clemson 58 to nothing for the worst loss in school history it was apparent a change needed to be made. That change as Al Golden was relieved of his duties as head coach and another opening has come to the world of college football. As with the South Carolina opening the name Mark Stoops is being bandied about as a potential replacement for the vacancy. This time it’s coming from South Florida newspaper, The Palm Beach Post, and here’s what they had to say:
Mark Stoops, Kentucky coach: A promising 4-2 in Lexington (entering Saturday) after going 7-17 in his first two seasons. Stoops left a job as Florida State’s defensive coordinator, where he had been since 2009, to coach UK. Would the 48-year-old return to Coral Gables, where he was defensive backs coach under Larry Coker from 2001-03? A person close to Stoops said he still has property in the area and would likely consider the job if offered. One of the better South Florida recruiters on this list. Would UM, which pays Golden $2.54 million per year, pay him at least the $3.25 million he makes at Kentucky?
[The Palm Beach Post: Seven possibilities for Miami Hurricanes after firing Al Golden]
So this begs the question, is Miami an elite level program that Stoops would consider leaving for? The days of “The U” are long gone while Florida and FSU have dominated the state for the past decade. As Matt said on the radio earlier this month, if Miami came calling he could see it playing out like Charlie Strong and Tennessee. That is, a “Thanks, but no thanks”. Kentucky now has better facilities, a sleeping giant football fanbase, and, thanks to the SEC network, more resources to pay the man. Stoops’ personal ties and the recruiting base would be compelling but in the end I don’t think it is a program to worry about.
How about you?