Stoops replaces Joker Phillips, who was fired on November 4 (but finished the season).
With one of the most recognizable names in college football, the Wildcats’ recruiting will most certainly receive a huge bump and the defense could see some immediate improvement.
"Mark's passion has been evident in the way he coaches and in his love for the game of football," said Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart. "That passion carried over into our process and his desire to wear the Blue and White.
"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 a great hire for a program searching for relevancy in arguably the most competitive conference in the nation (Southeastern).
Stoops, 45, has never held a head coaching position, but was the mastermind behind the Seminoles’ seventh-ranked scoring defense this season (15.1 points allowed per game)
Kentucky finished 2-10 (0-8 SEC) this year.
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