Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/13/14
TALLAHASSEE Mark Stoops turned a Florida State defense that was ranked 100th in the Football Bowl Subdivision into one of the best in the nation in just three years. And now Stoops is taking over as head coach at Kentucky, a program that is coming off two losing seasons under Joker Phillips and has struggled against Southeastern Conference powers for decades. Mark's passion has been evident in the way he coaches and in his love for the game of football, Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said. Our desire to get better defensively and continue to expand our recruiting base helped guide us to Mark. He comes from a coaching family and has been in big games and big atmospheres throughout his career. That has prepared him for this opportunity to become head coach at Kentucky. This is the first head coaching job for Stoops, who has been a defensive coordinator at both Arizona and Florida State. I want to thank President (Eli) Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart for this opportunity, ...
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