UT coaching roundup: Kentucky's hiring of Mark Stoops could be relevant

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2012, file photo, Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops is interviewed during the Seminoles' football media day in Tallahassee, Fla. Kentucky has hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as its new football coach. The university announced Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 that Stoops will replace Joker Phillips, who was fired on Nov. 4.  (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2012, file photo, Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops is interviewed during the Seminoles' football media day in Tallahassee, Fla. Kentucky has hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as its new football coach. The university announced Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 that Stoops will replace Joker Phillips, who was fired on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

Kentucky's hiring of Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops on Tuesday could be relevant to Tennessee for two reasons.

For one, it leaves Cincinnati coach Butch Jones on the market. Jones, 22-14 in his third season with the Bearcats, will finish his regular season Saturday and could be part of a second round of coaches that Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart talks to next week.

The other interesting tidbit is this: Stoops was hired by the Wildcats only about 24 hours after Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher adamantly denied that Stoops had interviewed for the position.

His evasiveness was understandable — he's trying to put together a recruiting class, after all — but it was also further evidence to take Fisher's loudly proclaimed commitment to FSU with a grain of salt.

** Meanwhile, in what has to be the craziest rumor of the college coaching silly season, a tweet from popular blogger "Sports by Brooks" reported that Arkansas was pursuing LSU coach Les Miles with a five-year, $27.5-million offer to make him the richest coach in the country.

LSU had no comment, although most dismissed the report as either impossible or a search for leverage by Miles. Although they aren't the only big jobs open in the country, the Arkansas, Auburn and Tennessee vacancies are the most likely to have overlapping candidates.

**Two candidates with Auburn ties — former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and current Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn — have attracted plenty of buzz in the Tigers' search for a new coach. At first glance, neither coach appears to be on Tennessee's top tier of candidates.

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Rock85 writes:

Do you get the feeling there pushing good ol JimBo.. If JimBo can't beat Florida at FLORIDA ST. With FLORIDA player, How will he ever beat Florida at TENNESSEE..... COME TO THE CHUCKY SIDE... GRUDEN or A BUST!!!!!

mrnole1413#235470 writes:

Petrino already interviewed for the Auburn job once...seems like he may have an upper hand

stumpy writes:

Jimbo has only lost to Florida once in three years. I think most Tennessee Fans would take that kind of production when playing UF!

SIMSVOL writes:

I understand all the PR issues, but two years down the road whoever hires Petrino is going to be in great shape as a team. I can predict all the posters here saying we should have hired Petrino back in 2012 when we had the chance. He would have UT back on top in two years max. But there's the baggage....

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to stumpy:

Jimbo has only lost to Florida once in three years. I think most Tennessee Fans would take that kind of production when playing UF!

Um….. that's a good point, stumpy.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to stumpy:

Jimbo has only lost to Florida once in three years. I think most Tennessee Fans would take that kind of production when playing UF!

I travel the panhandle of Florida a lot and most FSU fans would love for someone to take Jimbo. They don't think he can win the big one!!!

SouthTexasVol writes:

in response to SIMSVOL:

I understand all the PR issues, but two years down the road whoever hires Petrino is going to be in great shape as a team. I can predict all the posters here saying we should have hired Petrino back in 2012 when we had the chance. He would have UT back on top in two years max. But there's the baggage....

Forget the baggage hire him tonight. In 2 years we'll be saying what baggage.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to SIMSVOL:

I understand all the PR issues, but two years down the road whoever hires Petrino is going to be in great shape as a team. I can predict all the posters here saying we should have hired Petrino back in 2012 when we had the chance. He would have UT back on top in two years max. But there's the baggage....

"Dooley will not be fired. He's our coach - get used to it or move along."

Those were your words. . .so, I'll not take your advice.

luke255#536431 writes:

What about Jim Tressel??? We should have hired him the day his year suspension was up. Either him or Petrino the only PROVEN coaches that we could count on to get the vols back!! FYI anyone who has used their brain or used google would know Gruden signed a new contract this year with ESPN, not a proven college coach and still no idea why people are drooling over something that is NEVER going to happen.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to luke255#536431:

What about Jim Tressel??? We should have hired him the day his year suspension was up. Either him or Petrino the only PROVEN coaches that we could count on to get the vols back!! FYI anyone who has used their brain or used google would know Gruden signed a new contract this year with ESPN, not a proven college coach and still no idea why people are drooling over something that is NEVER going to happen.

Tressell has a show cause until 2017. As school that just got its probation extended by 2 years like UT just did and a school that had to fire its baskeball coach for lying to the NCAA needs no part of him.

Razzle writes:

in response to Rock85:

Do you get the feeling there pushing good ol JimBo.. If JimBo can't beat Florida at FLORIDA ST. With FLORIDA player, How will he ever beat Florida at TENNESSEE..... COME TO THE CHUCKY SIDE... GRUDEN or A BUST!!!!!

Jimbo has won two out of three vs. Florida.

luke255#536431 writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Tressell has a show cause until 2017. As school that just got its probation extended by 2 years like UT just did and a school that had to fire its baskeball coach for lying to the NCAA needs no part of him.

Yes I know he has a show cause but it has no teeth and does not penalize the school or football program. He would have to sit out the first 5 games and bowl game that's it. We have to hire a PROVEN coach and no risk no reward. We tried the safe bet "nice guy" who couldn't coach and left us worse than when he took over. I stick with Petrino or Tressel hands down.

Theo writes:

I understand why Petrino is not in our top tier, he should be on no tier but why not Gus M.? What am I missing there?

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

in response to Rock85:

Do you get the feeling there pushing good ol JimBo.. If JimBo can't beat Florida at FLORIDA ST. With FLORIDA player, How will he ever beat Florida at TENNESSEE..... COME TO THE CHUCKY SIDE... GRUDEN or A BUST!!!!!

dude gruden sucks, he was barely over .500 in the nfl with two great teams, mark hudspeth my guy right now, he's a perfect fit, UT won't hire him though cause he's a 'mid major' coach

volcop writes:

get out the checkbook and give Gruden the pen so he can write his own check

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to luke255#536431:

What about Jim Tressel??? We should have hired him the day his year suspension was up. Either him or Petrino the only PROVEN coaches that we could count on to get the vols back!! FYI anyone who has used their brain or used google would know Gruden signed a new contract this year with ESPN, not a proven college coach and still no idea why people are drooling over something that is NEVER going to happen.

His suspension is 5 years, not one year.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to volcop:

get out the checkbook and give Gruden the pen so he can write his own check

Grudens overall winning percentage is lower than that of John Majors which is barely over 600. We dont need Gruden! Besides, he's not coming anyway!

alavol writes:

in response to SouthTexasVol:

Forget the baggage hire him tonight. In 2 years we'll be saying what baggage.

agreed, hire him (Petrino)before auburn does!

VFLVFLVFL writes:

in response to luke255#536431:

What about Jim Tressel??? We should have hired him the day his year suspension was up. Either him or Petrino the only PROVEN coaches that we could count on to get the vols back!! FYI anyone who has used their brain or used google would know Gruden signed a new contract this year with ESPN, not a proven college coach and still no idea why people are drooling over something that is NEVER going to happen.

Gruden is a Homerun hire. When gruden walks through your front door you commit. Great coach. Great connections so would be a dynamite staff... And as far as the contract with ESPN, as with many other coaches with media, it has a coaching clause in it allowing him to coach without a buyout.

CasuallyAvid writes:

Interesting....not sure how legit this is.

http://wreg.com/2012/11/27/news-chann...

jbc writes:

Report: Petersen, Patterson in play at Auburn
http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports....

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

If you keep mentioning Petrino you can't really be rooting for UT long term or for stability.

He took a job, secretly interviewed for another behind his mentors back, then broke 2 contracts. Then backed out of the Falcons job fleeing in the middle of the night, then accepted another job only to be fired for hiring a female groupie as a assistant on the football team. Then having an accident and lying to investigators only to admit later after the driver who picked him up stated he was with a female.
You have to be crazy or just wishing doom on UT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Pe...

tootsypop writes:

THE VOLS DONT NEED PETRINO OR TUBERVILLE OR A JUMBO.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

Gus Malzahn would be perfect for an offensive head coach. His offensive system at Auburn and his play calling was what made Auburn really get over the top during those "Cam was human" times on field that year.

However, he's an oddball and not going to be one that would fit with the more traditional and conservative boosters, alumni, and fans of Tennessee. Think Billy Gillespie and Kentucky as an example of oil and water and that's how Malzahn would be at TN. Not in the sadistic, over work your players, kind of way but just in presentation and attitude in some situations.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

Tennessee Opening tops in College FB...

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf--f...

Orangepuddinskin writes:

Good, this is not the Stoops I wanted anyway. Bring me Bobby Stoops, Gruden, Fisher or Mora. After that, we can look at the Fedora's Golden's, Strong's and Davis's. After that, it is going to be a long time before we become relevent again.

123forVOLS writes:

in response to SIMSVOL:

I understand all the PR issues, but two years down the road whoever hires Petrino is going to be in great shape as a team. I can predict all the posters here saying we should have hired Petrino back in 2012 when we had the chance. He would have UT back on top in two years max. But there's the baggage....

"...all the posters here saying we should have hired Petrino back in 2012.." you have to be kidding or have injuries from YOUR motorcycle wreck SIMS. I will give you half a million dollars I do not have if you ever see me posting anything that resembles we should have hired Petrino or need someone like him. He wins the games he is suppose to win. He does not win championships and his defenses are suspect. But...let's wait and see. I bane any day we see all posters saying UT should have hired Petrino, ever!

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

Every coach has a agent and many agents, like Grudens, constantly stir the pot just to use it as leverage to get their client coach more $$$ where they're already at.

Nobody knows anything on here and we will NOT know anything until AD Hart stands before the press and introduces our new HC.

Tressel is a joke that can't win against SEC teams and with his show cause and record of lies and cheating UT would always be under the NCAA microscope and he could get us a death penalty that would doom Vols football for 10 years or longer.

Petrino is a scumbag, has always been a scumbag and will die being a scumbag and he's left every program he's been at a total dumpster fire so NO WAY on him!

Gruden will NEVER coach at Tennessee so you delusional people need to come back down to reality.

He's always a NFL coach and his agent is just using college coaching searches to get more $$$$ for Gruden and himself from a NFL team IF he even wants to coach again which would be crazy since he has a cupcake job right now paying him $4.3 MILLION per year.

VFL...GBO!!!

clyjam#272684 writes:

open the check book and get miles/chavis from lsu!

jjsteel writes:

And Butch Davis is a top tier candidate??

BruisedOrange writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

If you keep mentioning Petrino you can't really be rooting for UT long term or for stability.

He took a job, secretly interviewed for another behind his mentors back, then broke 2 contracts. Then backed out of the Falcons job fleeing in the middle of the night, then accepted another job only to be fired for hiring a female groupie as a assistant on the football team. Then having an accident and lying to investigators only to admit later after the driver who picked him up stated he was with a female.
You have to be crazy or just wishing doom on UT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Pe...

Concisely put.

Anyone who understands who/what Petrino is and STILL wants him as our coach, as the face of our entire sports program, is a self-destructive, a-moral slob.

Not trying to put an end to that conversation [natch],
just sayin...

underthehill writes:

Petrino might be a good fit for Auburn..but he don't seem to mind the challenge of taking on the best in the SEC..one thing that some are overlooking in Petrino..just as with Calipari..if you convince the 5 * athletes they have the best chance to get to the NFL by playing for you..you'll get more than your share of em..

mnvol writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

If you keep mentioning Petrino you can't really be rooting for UT long term or for stability.

He took a job, secretly interviewed for another behind his mentors back, then broke 2 contracts. Then backed out of the Falcons job fleeing in the middle of the night, then accepted another job only to be fired for hiring a female groupie as a assistant on the football team. Then having an accident and lying to investigators only to admit later after the driver who picked him up stated he was with a female.
You have to be crazy or just wishing doom on UT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Pe...

Agreed.

Sweet writes:

everybody saying get out the checkbook for a new coach but we can't pay the coach we just fired.

CrankE writes:

in response to SIMSVOL:

I understand all the PR issues, but two years down the road whoever hires Petrino is going to be in great shape as a team. I can predict all the posters here saying we should have hired Petrino back in 2012 when we had the chance. He would have UT back on top in two years max. But there's the baggage....

...or we'd be

a) left holding the baggage while he bolts to a higher bidder.
b) having to fire him for cause after another "motorcycle crash" or a Damon Evans type incident.

...which would leave us right back where we are today.

Can Petrino coach on the field? No doubt.

Can UT afford the risk he brings off the field? No way.

6972 writes:

SToops hiring at KY is relevant: well duh, I guess that means he will not be at K-town.

CrankE writes:

I'd love to see UT go after Bob Stoops. Really go after him. Yes, he turned down UF twice. But why? Because he'd have to replace the Head Gator, Spurrier or Urban Meyer who won 2 BCS titles. No thanks. Nobody can live up to those expectations for long-I think it's one reason Spurrier left suddenly in January, 2002. Why Zook was fired mid-season. Why Meyer apologized for close wins by blaming the flu and eventually burned out.

What UT could offer Stoops is a program that has all the pieces except the head coach. The fans, facilities, and funds are all there. We're not much different than OU was in 1999 when Stoops landed in Norman. There's enough room here to write your own tradition and legacy here beside Neyland and Fulmer-or even above them if you can. Stoops would bring the Bill Snyder brand of football here (which seems a whole lot like Neyland's winning formula of football).

What Stoops did at OU was to embrace the Sooner Magic that previous coaches shied away from. He led that program out of the wilderness and to the top of the conference and the country.

I'd ask him how solid he thinks the Big XII is. Seriously-they're trying to maintain enough members to have a championship game. I'd remind him that the Longhorn Network is just the latest example of Texas' desire to take the whole pie for themselves. They've already destroyed 2 conferences and they'll do it again eventually. I'd ask him if he's not bored beating on Texas 64-3 every year. Oh, and you won't always have Mack Brown to kick around either. All that money will eventually turn the tables on you when Texas hires his replacement.

You can continue to be a big fish the Big XII-while it lasts. Or you could come over here, with far less pressure, and aim to be the big fish in the biggest pond, the SEC. Oh, and one more thing, Nick Saban isn't going to be around forever either. He'll either burn out or the fans will get unhappy with no championships-just like Florida.

RoyaltyVol writes:

What about Bob Stoops? Would he be more attracted to Tennessee now that his brother is at Kentucky? Lexington is a short drive from Knoxville and the Stoops family is close. Could be a ace in the hole, who knows?

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to luke255#536431:

Yes I know he has a show cause but it has no teeth and does not penalize the school or football program. He would have to sit out the first 5 games and bowl game that's it. We have to hire a PROVEN coach and no risk no reward. We tried the safe bet "nice guy" who couldn't coach and left us worse than when he took over. I stick with Petrino or Tressel hands down.

Check Tressell's record against the SEC and tell me we should take that chance

Ayres_Hall writes:

Petrino? Wow! Not only are you guys stupid, you are also desperate.

BrassMonkey writes:

Do you guys think Derek Dooley will still be a good option for this team? Just wanted to check the pulse on this since you were convinced he was the next Nick Saban for the past three years. Let me know below.

LovinMyVols writes:

Reading through the comments, I am nearly overcome by those comparing NFL winning percentages to college winning percentages. Do these posters really know so little about football or are they just trying to troll for a rise out of people?

Fact is...Gruden IS a winner (and has the ring to prove it...I don't care who's team he was coaching...he WAS the coach and he did WIN the ring). That is the only fact in all the smoke being blown.

Jenna1009 writes:

Petrino should be taken off of everyones list. If Tn was to Hire him then the program is probably doomed. Petrino left the falcons in mid season then his personal life got in the way of His arkansas team more so with his family life. Nothing has happen to make me believe he would be a long term coach anywhere. It is puzzling why any school or pro team would even have his name on a list of protential hires

LovinMyVols writes:

in response to Jenna1009:

Petrino should be taken off of everyones list. If Tn was to Hire him then the program is probably doomed. Petrino left the falcons in mid season then his personal life got in the way of His arkansas team more so with his family life. Nothing has happen to make me believe he would be a long term coach anywhere. It is puzzling why any school or pro team would even have his name on a list of protential hires

Not that I want him as a coach at Tennessee, but the obvious answer to your puzzle is that he wins football games. That seems to be an important component to the HC job...just ask Derek.

gogovols2002#222335 writes:

Its all bull. Plenty of "no name" coaches could come to knoxville and turn things around. ITS THE FACILITIES THAT ATTRACT GOOD RECRUITS. Let John Gruden go to Ole Miss and see what he would do against upper tier SEC schools on a consistant basis.. Part of the rumor spreading is a PR scam by agents to squeeze more money out of contracts to line their pockets.

TommyJack writes:

We should be looking at Fedora.

Pompey writes:

in response to stumpy:

Jimbo has only lost to Florida once in three years. I think most Tennessee Fans would take that kind of production when playing UF!

....Jimbo Fisher made my list of the most underachieving college football coaches in the country....the other two are Mac Brown and Lane Kiffin....

KevDVol writes:

I say we contact Sofia Vergara. She would absolutely be the "sexy hire." She has name recognition. You might ask, "Can she recruit?" To that I say, "Who would not want to play with/for her?"

Can she coach? We have not asked for proof of success from our last football 2 hires - why start now?

Watching Coach Vergara on the sidelines would be a nice alternative to watching our defense.

SummerfieldVol writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Tressell has a show cause until 2017. As school that just got its probation extended by 2 years like UT just did and a school that had to fire its baskeball coach for lying to the NCAA needs no part of him.

If you people would read the restrictions on Jim Tressel. The show for cause is, he has a 5 year probation, at the end of the 5 years he has no I repeat No restrictions or probations. Now if Tennessee was to hire him ,he has a 5 game restriction that he can not coach the first five games and he can not coach a bowl game if we were to go after that we and him are free and clear. I am sure if AD Hart is or was interested in Tressel he has a legal department that can check out the ncaa show for cause restrictions on Tressel. Me if I was the one to go out and hire a new Head Coach for Tennessee I would offer it to Jim Tressel right now. He has I believe a 84% winning record that is nothing to ignore, just because we or you don't understand the ruling that applies to Jim Tressel from the NCAA, does not make Jim Tressel a bad or no hire ,but he is a winning coach.

mansfield6 writes:

in response to KevDVol:

I say we contact Sofia Vergara. She would absolutely be the "sexy hire." She has name recognition. You might ask, "Can she recruit?" To that I say, "Who would not want to play with/for her?"

Can she coach? We have not asked for proof of success from our last football 2 hires - why start now?

Watching Coach Vergara on the sidelines would be a nice alternative to watching our defense.

You're a pig.

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