One opposing view on Mark Stoops

Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star wrote today about new UK head coach Mark Stoops, who was defensive coordinator at Arizona under his brother, Mike. Hansen was not optimistic about Stoops chances at Kentucky, however.

But beyond that, Mark Stoops is like a lot of assistant coaches at big-time programs like Florida State. He looked good because he had so many good players.

At Arizona, Stoops was not a lights-out defensive coordinator or game-planner. He wasn’t in the category with the leading UA defensive coordinators of the last 50 years and was nothing to match Rich Ellerson, Moe Ankney, Sharkey Price, Larry Smith, Larry Mac Duff or Duane Akina.

Now Mark Stoops will match his best against the best from Alabama, LSU, Georgia and the rest of the SEC. His last name won’t win a single game.

I quoted Hansen in my profile of Mark Stoops today.

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