Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel graded fifteen of the new hires in college football and Mark Stoops earned a B+ for his efforts so far in Lexington:
• Kentucky: Mark Stoops, former Florida State defensive coordinator. It was not realistic to think the SEC’s doormat would land a big name (unless that name was Bobby Petrino). Stoops carries cachet from his time at FSU, where he produced top five defenses the past two years, and at Arizona and Miami before that. He already made one commendable move in hiring Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown to install the Air Raid that Kentucky formerly employed under Hal Mumme. Grade: B+
WHAT kind of test is it when the student has not played one game yet? Get back to us when Stoops Troops are 0-3 to start the season.