2013 FBS Coaching Carousel: Stoops the Man at Kentucky

RoadTripSports.com is devoted to keeping you apprised of all things college football. So, from time to time, we’ll update you on coaching changes in FBS for the 2013 season. Yes, some teams are already planning for next year. It’s that time of year for those teams that don’t make it to a bowl game.

Another Stoops is going to take a shot at being a head coach.

Mark Stoops, the brother of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops, was hired to take over at Kentucky on Tuesday.

As with most assistant coaches who are promoted to head coaching jobs, Stoops had a hot run at his last post. As defensive coordinator at Florida State he turned one of the worst defenses in the nation into one of the best. The Seminoles have been in the Top 5 in total defense in FBS each of the past two seasons.

Kentucky, obviously, wants improvement in that area. The Wildcats were winless in the SEC this year and Joker Phillips was an offensive-minded coach, unlike his predecessor, Rich Brooks. But all Kentucky really wants is consistent success in the SEC. Outside of Vanderbilt this is the hardest job in the SEC. It’s the only job where the fans care more about basketball than football. It’s surrounded by more successful football programs, so it loses something in the recruiting game.

The road to success won’t be easy for Stoops.

Meanwhile, multiple sources are reporting that Arkansas offered LSU head coach Les Miles $27 million over five years to come coach the Razorbacks. If that’s true, that’s one ballsy move by athletic director Jeff Long. If it’s not, that’s some serious rumor-mongering.

2012-13 FBS Head Coaching Changes

Arkansas: Out: John L. Smith

Auburn: Out: Gene Chizik

Boston College: Out: Frank Spaziani

California: Out: Jeff Tedford

Colorado: Out: Jon Embree

Georgia State: Out: Bill Curry

Idaho: Out: Robb Akey; Interim: Jason Gessner

Kentucky: Out: Joker Phillips; In: Mark Stoops

North Carolina State: Out: Tom O’Brien

Purdue: Out: Danny Hope

Southern Mississippi: Out: Ellis Johnson

Tennessee: Out: Derek Dooley

Texas-El Paso: Out: Mike Price

Western Michigan: Out: Bill Cubit

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