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Report: UK Hires FSU D-Coordinator Stoops

When you see that Matt Jones of KentuckySportsRadio.com has reported that Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops has been hired by Kentucky, well, you probably think that’s about as official as you can get.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But KentuckySportsRadio.com isn’t actually connected to the University of Kentucky and it’s not the school’s official radio network.  It’s a pro-Wildcat website run by UK backers.  (It’s also a very entertaining site, if you ask me.)

That said, WLEX-TV in Lexington is also reporting that Stoops has been tabbed as the man to lead the Cats.  But the station is sourcing KentuckySportsRadio.com’s report.

This doesn’t mean that the KSR report is incorrect.  But just be clear that it’s a report, not an official announcement from the University of Kentucky.

Not yet anyway.

 

UPDATE — The Orlando Sentinel reports that “Stoops is on Florida State’s campus and is expected to attend practice that beings around 3:15″ this afternoon.  Stay tuned.

 

LATEST UPDATE — CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman has confirmed through a source that Stoops will indeed be hired by UK.  (Kudos to KSR and fellow Middlesboro-native, Matt Jones.)

Official release from UK.

 


13 comments
SmileyPete
SmileyPete

John, I like this site and have been increasing my visits (mostly due to the number of coaching changes and this is a central place to find info on all of them). I don't know why people are whining about bias, I'm born and raised in Lexington and have two degree's from UK and I can't tell if you're a UK fan or UF fan or LSU fan ect. I would ignore those whining, it's just mindless to argue with people like that. 

 

In fact, I think it would be even more interesting if there was more bias, maybe a few different writers with different views battling back and forth...

AustinVol
AustinVol

Ha! Objective journalism. You're a different flavor of the Finebaum/Clay Travis model. It drives traffic. You're still around - a testament to the effectiveness. You grew up in Middlesboro. What's next? A sportswriter from Brazil claiming to have no rooting interest in the World Cup? Meh. People vastly overrate their own objectivity. You like Calipari. We all get that. It's not a sin. No need to write 5+ paragraphs trying to prove otherwise.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @AustinVol 

 

Yes, because someone couldn't have spent 8 years in Middlesboro as a boy -- on the border of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia -- and not root for the Kentucky 30 years later.

 

Got it.

 

John

AustinVol
AustinVol

Anyone who intently stumps over the piety of John Calipari and shakes his fist violently at the lack of iron clad evidence (or smoke...or the public outside of the commonwealth's general disdain for him) has to have a bit of big blue in them. C'mon John. Did you grow up in Kentucky? Spend part of your life there? Calipari isn't defendable in the least if he's not brokering...errr. coaching your team. You're like the Dick Vitale of SEC Country.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @AustinVol 

 

If you recall, I also got ripped pretty good for writing in 2010 that as long as there was no evidence found regarding payments to Cam Newton... no one could legitimately call him dirty.  I don't convict people without evidence.  Alabama fans took that to mean I was pro-Auburn.  The fact that I still refer to the Newton scandal from time to time tells Auburn folks that I'm pro-Bama just for reminding people of it.

 

Same with Calipari.  Every single time I mention his reputation or make a comment about folks viewing him as the Prince of Darkness, Kentucky fans rant that I'm a UK-hater and a Tennessee homer.  You take my mention of the fact -- that's fact, mind you -- that he's never been named by the NCAA as being guilty of anything to mean I'm pro-Calipari.

 

In reality, I just write about Calipari.  I write lots of nice things about people I don't like... if I feel it's true and praise is deserved.  I also write lots of not-so-nice things about people I do like... if I feel the criticism is warranted.  Like or dislike hasn't got anything to do with it.  Alas, there's what I write... and there's what you want to see when you read it.  

 

I've made no bones about the fact that I grew up in Middlesboro on the Kentucky/Tennessee line.  I've also lived in North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, etc.  So do I have some blue, light blue, scarlet and orange in me, too?  

 

I write what I think.  And I could give two hoots about who wins or loses in the SEC.  My rooting interests are at the pro level, not the collegiate level.  But I believe there are some people out there who want objective coverage of college spots -- not many, but a few -- and that's why this site was started.  That's also why I've been accused of both loving AND hating every single school in the SEC at one time or another.

 

Also, if you could point out something I've written where I've "shaken my fist violently" I'd love to see it.  Since you can't actually see me shaking my fist while I'm writing, I think you just proved my point -- there's what I write... and there's what you want to see when you read it.

 

But thanks for stopping by nonetheless.  It's appreciated,

John

AustinVol
AustinVol

How do you like the hire for your Cats?

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @AustinVol 

 

Best part of this job?  Tennessee fans saying I'm a Kentucky fan while Kentucky fans claim I'm a Tennessee fan.  Alabama fans claiming I'm an Auburn fan while Auburn fans claim I'm an Alabama fan.  Ole Miss fans claiming I'm an MSU fan while MSU fans claim... well, you get the picture.

 

Thanks for reading the site,

John

Leon Despair
Leon Despair

 @John at MrSEC  @AustinVol But ... but ... I thought you were a Vandy fan!

badbadhoggie
badbadhoggie

 @John at MrSEC

 Sounds very similar to the wheel i have also...has 20 coaching names from Gruden to Pedersen and everyone inbetween, i spin it each morning that way i know who my new coach is on a daily basis....

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

Leon Despair, badbadhoggie...

 

Actually I have a big wheel that I spin each morning and whichever team it lands on... that's my favorite team o' the day!

 

Thanks for reading, folks,

John

ice2cold
ice2cold

and your report that this is just a report is.............a Report!!! Good grief

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @ice2cold 

 

Uh, what good grief?  We brought you the news that someone was reporting this ASAP and we tried to clarify that though the site appears to have an official-esque UK name, it's not an official UK site.

 

I really don't see what there is to complain about.

 

John



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