Mark Stoops tells Kentucky "no thanks"... or does he?

Kyle Tucker of the Courrier Journal is a respected journalist. So when he said last night that a trusted source told him Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops had told Kentucky "no thanks," I listened.

He's right. Kentucky is a dead-end job. Even if Kentucky is at its absolute best, it's still an underdog in 4 of its 7 yearly non-conference games. It's potentially possible to use it as a stepping-stone job like James Franklin did at Vanderbilt, but everything must break right, and the coach must then leave as soon as it does (see Dan Mullen staying too long at Mississippi State).

But now Tucker says his source had bad information and that Stoops is still considering the job.

Interesting stuff here.

As I've said before, Mark Stoops is a defensive coordinator. He transformed Florida state's defense from one of the worst in the BCS (2009) to a respectable defense in 2010, into a top-ten unit in 2011 and 2012. But his schemes are not revolutionary, nor is he a huge loss on the recruiting trail. As Jimbo Fisher noted yesterday, and not in any way a slight to Stoops' ability, many top defensive coordinators would love a chance to coach for Florida State.

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