Kentucky names new head football coach


by WHAS11 Sports

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 12:57 AM

(WHAS11) -- The University of Kentucky has named a new head football coach.

Mark Stoops, who is currently the Defensive Coordinator with Florida State University has accepted the job, according to a news release by the University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart.

“New beginnings always provide a sense of excitement,” Barnhart said in the news release.  “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. 

During Stoops’ three seasons, FSU has gone 10-4, 9-4 and 10-2, including wins over South Carolina in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl and Notre Dame in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.  The Seminoles’ 2012 bowl bid will be announced Sunday.

Kentucky fired their head coach Joker Phillips early this month after a rough season and rocky three year coaching span at the SEC school.

Phillips finished his three-year tenure as Kentucky's coach Saturday in a loss in Knoxville to the University of Tennessee. Phillips was 13-24 in three years on the job. He was fired November 4, but stayed on to coach the team's remaining games.

Stoops is the brother of Oklahoma University Coach Bob Stoops.

“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.

It's not know at this time the details surrounding Stoop's contract with the University of Kentucky.

WHAS11 will continue to follow developments in this story and will provide more details as they become available.

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