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THE MARK STOOPS' ERA BEGINS AT KENTUCKY

Post  Carolina Kat on Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:56 am

Mark Stoops Named UK Head Football Coach
Florida State Defensive Coordinator Comes to Lexington

Nov. 27, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mark Stoops, who oversaw dramatic improvements as defensive coordinator at Florida State and Arizona, and has turned FSU into one of the nation's top defenses, has been named head football coach at the University of Kentucky, UK director of athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Tuesday.

"New beginnings always provide a sense of excitement," Barnhart said. "That's why today I'm excited for Mark Stoops and his family as they provide a new beginning for our football program, fans and players. I also want to thank FSU coach Jimbo Fisher for his help in the hiring process.

"Mark's passion has been evident in the way he coaches and in his love for the game of football.  That passion carried over into our process and his desire to wear the Blue and White.  Our desire to get better defensively and continue to expand our recruiting base helped guide us to Mark.  He comes from a coaching family and has been in big games and big atmospheres throughout his career.  That has prepared him for this opportunity to become head coach at Kentucky.  We welcome Mark, Chantel, Will and Zack to the Big Blue Nation."

"I enjoyed my time this week with Coach Stoops," said Dr. Eli Capilouto, President of the University of Kentucky. "I am impressed with his commitment to student-athletes, both in the classroom and on the field. I am also deeply impressed with the way Mitch Barnhart has conducted this important process. I am confident that Coach Stoops has the character and skill to build the winning program the Big Blue Nation wants and deserves."

Stoops has been defensive coordinator at FSU for three seasons, inheriting a unit ranked 108th in the NCAA in total defense and turning it into one of the nation's best.  Heading into Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a 10-2 record and No. 13/12 national ranking, the Seminoles are second in the nation in total defense, allowing 249.4 yards per game, and seventh nationally in scoring defense at 15.1 points per game.  Playing well against the run and the pass, FSU is fourth in the country in both rushing defense and pass efficiency defense.  FSU leads the ACC in seven defensive categories.  Stoops also coaches the defensive backs under head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Eight Seminoles on defense earned 2012 All-ACC honors, including four first-team selections, highlighted by one of the nation's top defensive end duos in Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine, who combined for 24 sacks and 31 tackles for loss. Werner is a finalist for the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Award as the National Defensive Player of the Year and is the national co-leader in sacks with 13. Stoops also coached cornerback Ronald Darby to ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Seminoles' prowess is a continuation of the 2011 season, when Stoops' troops led the nation in fewest yards allowed per carry (2.3), ranked fourth in the nation in total defense (275 yards per game), second in rushing defense (82.7 ypg), fourth in scoring defense (15.1 points per game), eighth in tackles for loss (8.6 per game) and quarterback sacks (3.1 per game).  FSU led the ACC in eight defensive categories.

Stoops overhauled the Florida State defense in 2010, his first season as defensive coordinator.  The Seminoles gave up 19.6 points per game, third-best in the ACC and 20th nationally.  FSU ranked 42nd nationally in total defense that season; in contrast, the team was 108th nationally in total defense and 94th in scoring defense in 2009, the year before Stoops' arrival.  FSU improved its overall defense by more than 80 yards per game, primarily by limiting opponents to 75 fewer rushing yards per game.  The Seminoles ranked third in the nation in quarterback sacks and were 21st in tackles for loss.  In the secondary, Stoops coached Xavier Rhodes to ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and National Defensive Freshman of the Year accolades.

During Stoops' three seasons, FSU has gone 10-4, 9-4 and 10-2, including wins over South Carolina in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl and Notre Dame in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.  The Seminoles' 2012 bowl bid will be announced Sunday.

"I am thrilled to be named the head football coach at the University of Kentucky," Stoops said.  "My family and I are excited and looking forward to becoming a part of the Big Blue Nation.

"First of all, I want to thank Jimbo Fisher and Florida State University for allowing me to be the defensive coordinator at Florida State.  It has been three of the greatest years of my life.  I am grateful for the support of all Seminole fans as we focus on the ACC Championship.

"I want to thank President Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart for this opportunity.  I promise the faithful of the Big Blue Nation I will be focused and driven to create a positive, winning atmosphere for the program and an environment that all of Kentucky can be proud of."

"I am extremely happy for Mark and his family," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said.  "He has done a tremendous job for us here as a defensive coordinator and he is a vital part of our staff. I always say you want the people who work for you to advance and reach their goals and aspirations and I couldn't be happier. He has done a super job for us and this opportunity is well deserved. He is very well prepared and I think he will do one heck of a job for the University of Kentucky. I was very fortunate to have him on our staff and consider him a good friend."

Stoops was defensive coordinator and DBs coach at Arizona from 2004-09, working for his brother, Mike, who was head coach of the Wildcats.  During Mark's time there, Arizona's records improved steadily, going 3-8, 3-8, 6-6, 5-7, 8-5 and 8-5.  The Wildcats advanced to the Las Vegas Bowl and Holiday Bowl during the last two years.  Mark and Mike are also brothers of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, with Mark being the youngest of the three.  Mike is currently the defensive coordinator on Bob's staff at Oklahoma.

Stoops inherited an Arizona unit that was 109th in the nation in total defense and 107th in scoring defense in 2003, the year before he arrived.  By the end of his term at Arizona, the Wildcats ranked in the nation's top-25 in total defense his final two seasons and ranked as high as 33rd in scoring defense.  

Prior to Arizona, Stoops coached the defensive backs three years at Miami (Fla.).  The 2001 national champion Hurricanes led the nation in pass efficiency defense, scoring defense and turnover margin. That team also established a school record with 27 interceptions and 45 total takeaways.

Stoops' 2002 secondary led the nation in pass defense and pass efficiency defense. Despite having to replace all four starters in the defensive backfield, the 2003 team led the nation in pass defense.  In his three seasons, Miami went 35-3, including the 12-0 Rose Bowl title campaign, plus appearances in the Fiesta and Orange bowls.  Ten Miami defensive backs who played at least one season under Stoops were eventually selected in the National Football League draft - seven in the first round.

Stoops got his first experience in leading a defense as co-defensive coordinator at Houston in the 2000 season.  He coached the secondary at Wyoming from 1997-99 and the Cowboys notched three-straight winning seasons.  A highlight of his time there was a school-record 24 interceptions in the '97 season. His first full-time coaching job was in 1996 at South Florida, helping USF in the start-up of its program before the Bulls had their first kickoff in '97.

Stoops has recruited and developed numerous outstanding defensive backs, many of whom went on to National Football League careers.  Among the notables are Antoine Cason and Michael Johnson at Arizona, Miami's Philip Buchanon, Kelly Jennings, Brandon Meriweather, Ed Reed, Antrel Rolle, Mike Rumph and Sean Taylor and Wyoming's Brian Lee.

Stoops was raised in Youngstown, Ohio.  Like his brothers, Mark played in the secondary at the University of Iowa for Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry.  He participated in four bowl games as a player.  Fry hired Stoops as a graduate assistant coach at Iowa in the 1990 and '91 seasons.  The Hawkeyes won the 1990 Big Ten title and played in the Rose Bowl, duplicating feats Stoops also achieved as a player.  Stoops went on to coach four years in high school before entering the collegiate ranks.

Stoops and his wife, Chantel, have two sons, Will and Zack.

Stoops Coaching History

Year School Position W-L Postseason
1990 Iowa Graduate Assistant 8-4 Rose
1991 Iowa Graduate Assistant 10-1-1 Holiday
1992-95 Nordonia HS Defensive Backs
1996 South Florida Defensive Backs 0-0
1997 Wyoming Defensive Backs 7-6
1998 Wyoming Defensive Backs 8-3
1999 Wyoming Defensive Backs 7-4
2000 Houston Co-Defensive Coord., Safeties 3-8
2001 Miami (Fla.) Defensive Backs 12-0 Rose
2002 Miami (Fla.) Defensive Backs 12-1 Fiesta
2003 Miami (Fla.) Defensive Backs 11-2 Orange
2004 Arizona Defensive Coordinator, DBs 3-8
2005 Arizona Defensive Coordinator, DBs 3-8
2006 Arizona Defensive Coordinator, DBs 6-6
2007 Arizona Defensive Coordinator, DBs 5-7
2008 Arizona Defensive Coordinator, DBs 8-5 Las Vegas
2009 Arizona Defensive Coordinator, DBs 8-5 Holiday
2010 Florida State Defensive Coordinator, DBs 10-4 Chick-fil-A
2011 Florida State Defensive Coordinator, DBs 9-4 Champs Sports
2012 Florida State Defensive Coordinator, DBs 10-2 TBA
Stoops' Improvements as Defensive Coordinator

* indicates the season before Stoops arrived

Arizona - National Rankings

Total Defense Scoring Defense Rush Defense Pass Defense Pass Efficiency Def.
2003* 109 107 84 112 112
2004 61 55 30 101 83
2005 86 64 93 72 66
2006 49 35 42 69 62
2007 53 59 47 71 33
2008 24 33 39 23 14
2009 25 53 29 33 37
Florida State - National Rankings

Total Defense Scoring Defense Rush Defense Pass Defense Pass Efficiency Def.
2009* 108 94 108 77 110
2010 42 20 29 71 37
2011 4 4 2 20 25
2012 2 7 4 6 4


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Post  sohsdragon on Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:37 am

I really never understood how people thought we were supposed to be looking for a "proven" head coach, or one with solid experience and a solid record. All those coaches either already have jobs that they won't leave behind for Kentucky, or wouldn't have the recruiting prowess to truly compete in the SEC.

IMHO, this was pretty close to the top in terms of realistic hiring possibilities. Now it's time to find a good OC, and throw in some facility investments. Let's get the ball rolling...
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Post  stuckinknoxville on Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:17 pm

I think it's as good as we could have hoped for. He could really turn out to be a good coach.

And yes, Duke still sucks.
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Post  Big Blue Nation on Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:00 pm

I really wanted Bobby Petrino, but this does look like a good hire. We have a coach so now it is time to get behind him, get excited, and hopefully start welcoming the recruits from the sunshine state. GO CATS!!!!! cheers
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Post  BJLOWE on Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:03 pm

How come UK didn't go after a BIG name like "LES MILES" We haven't had one since "Bear Bryant"

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Post  Big Blue Nation on Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:50 pm

You have to look at the state of the program as it is right now. A coach like Les Miles would not leave LSU to come to Kentucky. That would be like Coach Cal leaving Kentucky to go to LSU. Wouldn't happen. I think that Barnhardt made a good hire. It is time to get behind our coach. cheers
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Post  BJLOWE on Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:12 pm

You are right it was probably as good of a Hire as we could have gotten with our past records and history. I hope Mark Stoops does well and gets UK back in the "BOWL Picture"

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Post  Big Blue Nation on Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:05 pm

I agree with your sentiment. As wildcat fan I would love to see the football program at the level that we could seriously make those kinds of offers. We just are not there yet. Maybe this is the beginning of that journey. cheers
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Post  MULECHOPS on Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:20 pm

Put Les Miles anywhere else and he'd be average.
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Post  Blue Dude on Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:49 am

"Big name coaches with proven records already got jobs and wouldn't leave them behind for Kentucky..." What did Bobby Petrino get hired on somewhere? It was evident that most of Big Blue nation wanted him and yes he has made mistakes in the past and yes they were despicable but, I believe in leaving personal and professional lives separately and no one can deny his on field production as far as coaching goes. I think UK would have been perfect for him to rebuild not only the program but a chance to rebuild his life and get that on track. I have seen and read a lot of people on UK Boards (not particularly this one or the old one) in the past trash Cal for his "shady" past about UMass and Memphis and other items before coming to UK during the Tubby era so if we're so willing to wipe the slate clean for Cal, why not for someone else in a different sport? I am willing to allow people in life chances to make things right, its not like Bobby was a convicted felon or anything.

As far as Mark Stoops goes, good luck to him but as of right now, I'm not excited about this hire, but I'm willing to see what he has to offer over the next few years.

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Post  Carolina Kat on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:02 pm

I agree Blue Dude. I wish the Cats much success under Stoops but on paper right now, I'd rather have Petrino.

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Post  Big Blue Nation on Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:06 pm

I agree about Petrino. But I do think this is a good hire.
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Post  stuckinknoxville on Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:59 pm

I think the Cats came out better than the Vols. Butch Jones, Really?

Petrino can suck it. I hope we never get desperate enough to hire trash just to win games.
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Post  stuckinknoxville on Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:16 pm

Blue Dude wrote: I have seen and read a lot of people on UK Boards (not particularly this one or the old one) in the past trash Cal for his "shady" past about UMass and Memphis and other items before coming to UK during the Tubby era so if we're so willing to wipe the slate clean for Cal, why not for someone else in a different sport?

Dude,
If you are trying to show similarities between kids making bad decisions(not Calipari) and a lying, cheating 51 year old you have to be on crack.
There was a reason Petrino was fired. Calipari was not fired nor was he implicated.

I don't think your argument could possibly be any weaker.
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Post  Blue Dude on Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:22 am

stuckinknoxville wrote:
Blue Dude wrote: I have seen and read a lot of people on UK Boards (not particularly this one or the old one) in the past trash Cal for his "shady" past about UMass and Memphis and other items before coming to UK during the Tubby era so if we're so willing to wipe the slate clean for Cal, why not for someone else in a different sport?

Dude,
If you are trying to show similarities between kids making bad decisions(not Calipari) and a lying, cheating 51 year old you have to be on crack.
There was a reason Petrino was fired. Calipari was not fired nor was he implicated.

I don't think your argument could possibly be any weaker.

I disagree on the basis that even though that it was the kids who screwed up and the NCAA for approving a kid to play to later going back on their word and not Cal doing anything wrong, I'm just saying that the media and general public for that matter, blame it on Cal anyway. I defended Cal and still do, so you're misunderstanding what was said. I said that people blamed Cal for what happened at those 2 schools, and they still do. We all know he was never implicated of wrong doing and I never said he was and I only said what I have read from UK Fans in the past blaming him for those items, and said when they were blaming him. There are many guilty UK Fans on message boards that have done so and to think otherwise is disingenuous in the extreme and then when he comes here many of those same posters act like they never said it and those I know personally act the same. I'm not saying you personally said anything bad about him, just saying that its been done.

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Post  stuckinknoxville on Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:46 pm

The people who blame Calipari are either clueless or a hater from another school, and I couldn't give a tinker's dang about the media. Most of them are clueless as well and make a living off controversy.
Petrino's situation isn't even close. I like winning as much or more than the next person but I wouldn't hire an immoral person just to win a football game.

I think Stoops was a risk but he comes from football heritage and could end up being a great hire. I'd much rather have him than Butch Jones or a Tubberville type hire.
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Seems as though UK goes after the bESt , at whatever cost, for Basketball. But goes for whatever in a football coach. I wish Stoops the best, but he has never been a Head Coach!! This is the SEC folks!

Post  BJLOWE on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:13 pm

cheers 

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Got to have a Top Quarterback. To compete in the SEC. We have got to learn to finish like S.Car did against Ms.

Post  BJLOWE on Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:23 pm

sohsdragon wrote:I really never understood how people thought we were supposed to be looking for a "proven" head coach, or one with solid experience and a solid record. All those coaches either already have jobs that they won't leave behind for Kentucky, or wouldn't have the recruiting prowess to truly compete in the SEC.

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