ESPN's lead college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit spoke to reporters via teleconference Wednesday and was asked about the Florida State head coaching search.
“And I think that the most obvious name to come to the top of my head is Mark Stoops...(Stoops) has done a pretty good job there. Won 10 games last year, which is tough to do in the SEC when you’re in Lexington. And so I think he would be an obvious candidate, but there are a lot of other guys that I’m sure will be candidates…” - Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN, per Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times
Stoops spent three years at Florida State as the defensive coordinator, from 2010-2012, before leaving to become the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. Stoops is 40-43 at Kentucky, culminating in a 10-3 season last year that included a win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl. Kentucky is 4-4 this year.