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Mark Stoops a candidate for Miami opening, per report

Stoops has deep ties to the state of Florida.

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Miami needs a new coach with Mark Richt stepping down, and it sounds like Mark Stoops is a candidate for the opening.

According to Justin Rowland of Cats Illustrated, Stoops is “likely to be a candidate” for Miami’s head-coaching job.

While it’s unclear if Stoops would actually consider this job, there’s plenty of reason to believe the Hurricanes would have him as a serious candidate. The biggest is his previous coaching stint there as the secondary coach from 2001-03, where he coached future Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed, as well as Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor.

Stoops would later become the defensive coordinator at Florida State from 2010-12 before becoming head coach at Kentucky.

Even with these ties, I don’t think Stoops would leave for a job like Miami, who simply doesn’t have the same luster it once had, but never say never.

It’s been a very special season in Lexington thanks to how far Stoops has taken this program. Hopefully, there are many more years of this to come.

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