Having jettisoned Willie Taggart after less than two years on the job, Florida State is expected to cast a wide net in order to reel in their next head coach.
But ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes there’s an “obvious” choice for the Seminoles’ next head coach.
During a teleconference with reporters this week, Herbstreit stated that Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops was a clear choice for the job.
Herbstreit pointed to Stoops’ solid job with the Wildcats and prior experience as FSU’s defensive coordinator as big factors that should make his “an obvious candidate.”
Via Saturday Down South:
“I think the most obvious name to come to the top of my head is Mark Stoops,” he began.
“Stoops has done a pretty good job there (Kentucky). Won 10 games last year, which is tough to do in the SEC when you’re in Lexington. And so I think he would be an obvious candidate, but there are a lot of other guys that I’m sure will be candidates.”
“I think after everything they have been through for the last few years, I think they need to find somebody that’s familiar with the state as far as recruiting, somebody that’s familiar with that school and some of the ways that school works and operates.”
Since taking over the job in 2013, Stoops has turned the program from an SEC East cellar-dweller into a well-respected SEC program.
Last year, Stoops managed the Wildcats to a 10-3 season and a Citrus Bowl win over Penn State. It was by far the school’s best season in several decades.
It certainly doesn’t hurt the case for Stoops that he’s spent two separate coaching stints in Florida – one with the Miami Hurricanes and one with Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles.
But at an annual salary of $4.25 million, Stoops will be an expensive choice. He also isn’t quite as popular a coaching name as someone like Gus Malzahn, Brian Kelly or his brother, Bob Stoops.
Is Kirk Herbstreit right in suggesting that Mark Stoops is an obvious candidate for the Florida State job?