A day after saying "no" to Kentucky, it appears Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops may have changed his tune and could be accepting the head coaching job at the University of Kentucky as soon as today.
Yesterday Stoops' name was rumored to be in the coaching mix up at UK, but Jimbo Fisher denied the rumors at his morning press conference and then a number of "sources" close to Kentucky had Stoops declining the Wildcats' overture.
I said jokingly last night that Stoops 'No' could have been more of a, "not-while-my-friends-are-around" kind of no that really meant 'call me later...'
That may have actually been the case though.
OFFICIAL: KSR can confirm Mark Stoops will be named Kentucky football coach this afternoon— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 27, 2012
Stoops is still on campus at Florida State, and per FSU SID's will be at practice today. Despite Florida State's attempts to contain the story though, Kentucky is making arrangements. The Seminoles still have games to worry about, the Wildcats do not.
Mark Stoops will be the next head coach at Kentucky. At this point that's been confirmed by multiple people in the know and it's now just a matter of making it official.
We'll find out later today how long Stoops stays on for and get comments from him and Fisher. But this is obviously going to be a new wrinkle to consider as FSU prepares for GT in their conference championship game and then a bowl game. Fisher and staff also need to go contact recruits and try to avoid losing any players during the coaching turnover.
Keep checking back for updates...