Sep 3, 2011; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive coordinator Mark Stoops (left) talks with cornerback Greg Reid (5) during the first quarter of their game against Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles beat the Warhawks 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

Kentucky Wildcats Football: 20 Questions about Mark Stoops

Sept 15, 2012; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive coordinator Mark Stoops yells to a player during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Kentucky has their new head coach in FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops. Now, I know you may have plenty of questions about Stoops so I’m here to answer them for you today. Hopefully you’ll have a better insight to the Wildcats new coach after reading this.


Question: How did Kentucky steal Oklahoma’s head coach?
Answer: That’s Bob Stoops. Kentucky did not steal the head coach from the University of Oklahoma. Mark is his younger brother.

Question: What we want him? He wasn’t so hot in Arizona.
Answer: That’s actually Mike Stoops. He is currently the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma and Mark’s other older brother.

Question: Was it a good idea to hire a redhead as a football coach? They don’t have souls!
Answer: There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that a redheaded person cannot be a successful football coach. Additionally, there is also no scientific evidence to indicate that redheaded people do not have souls.

Question: Why does he look so angry that picture at the top?
Answer: Stoops is a pretty intense guy sometimes.

Question: Will Stoops be here this weekend?
Answer: There is expected to be a press conference on Sunday announcing him as the official new head coach of Kentucky. He will be coaching Florida State in the ACC championship game against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Question: So do we know who his offense and defense coordinators will be this season?
Answer: Not at this time, however the offensive coordinator position has been offered to FSU offensive coordinator James Coley, as first reported here at the WBN.

Question: Are you sure we didn’t hire Bob Stoops?
Answer: Yes.

Question: So what kind of defense does this guy run?
Answer: He runs a 4–3 base defense. The particular defense he’s operating at Florida State University is a zone scheme that relies on creating a pass rush from the front 7 and making sure the defensive backs don’t give up long plays.

Question: Does he own a motorcycle, and are there/will there be any former Florida State or University Kentucky volleyball players on his staff.
Answer: I do not know if Stoops owns a motorcycle. I also do not know of any former volleyball players that will be employed on his staff.

Question: Does Mark Stoops run stretch plays on fourth and inches?
Answer: We can’t be entirely sure as he is not indicated his offensive Cordinator at this time. However, I doubt it.

Question: How does he feel about Louisville?
Answer: We can’t be sure, but Stoops seems like a decent human being… Which would mean he despises Louisville.

Question: Will Kentucky see a recruiting boost with Stoops at the helm?
Answer: It’s hard to say, but I would expect the answer to be yes. He has extensive ties in Florida, and is expected to put together a staff of highly regarded recruiters.

Question: How did fan outfitters get those “Stoops troops” T-shirts out so quickly?
Answer: Former Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch is a partial owner of the fan outfitters franchise, and was also heavily involved in bringing stoop to Kentucky.

Question: Louisville’s colors are red, and Stoops hair is red, could be be a spy?
Answer: It is highly unlikely.

Question: Can his team shoot free throws?
Answer: I hate living in Kentucky sometimes.

Question: What makes Stoops the right guy for the job?
Answer: He apparently reached out to the Kentucky administration for the position. He indicated a high level of interest and had completely studied the roster from top to bottom. He had a plan for how to build the team moving forward, how to recruit, and how to change the culture surrounding Kentucky Football. I believe that the answer to your question is yes.

Question: How did no one see this coming?
Answer: Most of the presumed favorites had ties to the program, or the state. Stoops had neither but sought the job out anyway.

Question: Can he beat Tennessee?
Answer: Possibly. The Volunteers will be going through rebuilding phase as well, and have not even selected the new head coach yet. To say that they will even be favored over Kentucky in the teams’ 2013 game would be a guess at best.

Question: Will he stick around if he is successful?
Answer: There’s no way to know that now. That being said, Kentucky is a SEC job and building this program up to a perennial contender would make it a premier job due to conference affiliation alone.

Question: So you’re saying he’d be here long time?
Answer: No, not exactly. Even if Stoops leaves Kentucky in the future, the program will likely be significantly better off than it was when he found it.

Question: Did we find a hell of a coach?

Answer: Yes.

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