Kentucky Sports Radio is reporting that Florida State DC, Mark Stoops, will be named the next head coach at the University of Kentucky.
Stoops, the brother of Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops, has been the Seminole's DC since the 2010 season and has never held a HC position before.
According to KSR, an official announcement is expected for later this afternoon.
It is now official. Mark Stoops will be the Head Coach of the University of Kentucky.
The following quotes were taken from a release on the official Kentucky athletics's website:
(Athletic Director Mitch Barnhardt) "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."
"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.
"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."
This makes Kentucky the first of four job openings filled in the SEC. The three remaining are Tennessee, Arkansas, and Auburn.