Former Oklahoma Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops could be close to landing another defensive coordinator gig. Stoops, 57, is reportedly set to join Nick Saban's staff at Alabama, though he could already be on the move elsewhere.
Kentucky is in need of a new defensive coordinator, as DC Matt House is leaving the Wildcats for a job with the Kansas City Chiefs. House has previously been an NFL assistant coach and appeared to be set on making a return to the league.
Mark Stoops, Kentucky's head coach, says he will consider his brother for the vacant position.
“If you go back to the last time I had a coordinating job open with D.J. (Eliot) leaving, I looked at hiring from outside the program and looked at promoting within. I ultimately decided to give Matt (House) the job and it worked out pretty well. Now I have to look at it the same way.”
Mike Stoops served as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator for the last seven seasons. Before his time at Oklahoma, Mike Stoops was Arizona’s head coach, where Mark spent six years working for his older brother. Two weeks ago Mike Stoops took a job as a quality control analyst for Nick Saban at Alabama.
“When we lose players through graduation, normal attrition, grad transfer or for whatever reason, you better be darn sure we’re trying to replace them with better players,” said Stoops. “When coaches leave, we’re trying to replace him with better coaches.”
Mike Stoops was fired by Oklahoma midway through the 2018 season.
Kentucky is coming off one of its best seasons in years, as the Wildcats went 10-3 lasts season.