With Kansas Head Coach Turner Gill firing just moments ago will Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger interview Stoops for the Head Coaching job and take it?
Why Stoops will be interviewed?
History. Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger has known the Stoops family since 1991 when he worked with Bob Stoops at the Kansas State staff. Zenger also coached with Mark Stoops at USF in 1996 when Mark was a defensive back coach. Zenger and Stoops connected again at Wyoming from 1997-1999. This to go along with producing a top 10 defense will get Mark Stoops an interview for the Kansas job.
Will Stoops take it? Big if here, but they say money conquers all and Kansas has it.With Kansas recent buyout of Turner Gill for 6 million, Kansas is willing to put up the big money for a head coach. For those who say it's Kansas why would you go there? Mark Mangino proved back in 2007 Kansas can make a BCS Bowl Game.
What do you think? Will money be enough? Will Stoops wait for a better School? Will issues coaching against Bob lead him to turn it down? Will Stoops pull a Gene Chizik(took Iowa State job after Nat Championship)? Will being comfortable with your AD win out?
The next generation of great coaching minds can be found on the sidelines of some of college football’s top teams. We wrap up our series looking at ten assistant coaches who are tops in their fields and someday could be head coaches in their own rights.
Today we feature: Florida State’s Mark Stoops
No doubt the 2010 secondary is a unit we will all keep a close eye on. Questions include how much the secondary will improve under Stoops and which individuals will flourish has been a hot topic of discussion. This is a talented group overall. Hopefully they can pull it together on the field.
UPDATED WITH VIDEO PART 3
TN member "willdabeast" first posted a Fanshot of this interview with Mark Stoops which was filmed and posted by Andrew Carter at his Chopping Block, of Stoops' first meeting with the media since his hire in December. Thanks to AC for filming and sharing these videos.
Some of the topics he discussed include:
-How FSU will run a base 4-3 defense, but it will be very "multiple" and will feature many different looks and packages within the base defense. How we can expect a lot of variation between zone and man, and lots of different personnel groupings, depending on the game-plan for a given game. "Multiple" is a word he used multiple times during this interview.
-How the tradition of Florida State is what drew him to Tallahassee.
-How his crossing paths with Jimbo Fisher while recruiting lead to a relationship and friendship with Jimbo.
-How he will finally be able to evaluate the talent and personnel he will have here at FSU, starting with spring practice, which begins on March 16th.
-On how you must first start with the fundamentals to successfully install the base defense, which is the key to building a defense from the ground up, and why spring practice will be so important.
-And how he and his family have been getting acclimated to Tallahassee so far.
If you don't have the time to watch the 3-part, approximately 30 minute interview,click here and read AC's breakdown of this interview.