Report: Mark Stoops ‘extremely interested’ in Youngstown State jobby Anthony Gimino on Dec. 04, 2009, under Sports
The possibility of Arizona defensive coordinator Mark Stoops leaving for a head coaching job appears to be getting stronger. WYTV, the ABC affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio, reported late Thursday night that Stoops is the top choice at Youngstown State.
The Stoops family is from Youngstown.
On its website, WYTV said that a “source close to the Penguins football program tell us tonight that Arizona defensive coordinator and Cardinal Mooney Grad Mark Stoops is the top choice for the job and that Stoops likewise is extremely interested in coming back home. … .He could meet with Youngstown State as early as Sunday. YSU Athletic Director Ron Strollo says the search is ongoing.”
Mark Stoops said Monday at Arizona’s weekly news conference that he wouldn’t discuss any potential move because the Wildcats have a game Saturday at USC.
Youngstown State coach Jon Heacock stepped down after this season with a nine-year record of 60-44. The Penguins have had 17 winning seasons in the past 21 years and won four Division I-AA national championships in the 1990s under coach Jim Tressel, who made the successful jump to Ohio State after the 2000 season.
It’s only a matter of time before Stoops, 42, becomes a head coach, and this is a good opportunity, especially if the idea of returning home tugs at Stoops. The oldest of the Stoops’ brothers, Ron Jr., is the defensive coordinator at Cardinal Mooney. Bob, of course, is the head coach at Oklahoma and Mike has led Arizona since the 2004 season.
If Mark Stoops does leave, it figures to be an easy to call to elevate linebackers coach Tim Kish to defensive coordinator. Kish, completing his 34th year in coaching, spent the eight years as a defensive coordinator — at Illinois (1997-2000), Ohio (2001) and Indiana (2002-2003) — before arriving at Arizona with Mike Stoops.
Kish is an ace recruiter who also carries the title of assistant head coach.