Bob Stoops' tips for Mark: 'Everyone wants to tell you what to do'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 28, 2012
The Stoops are a football family.
On Tuesday, Florida State defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Mark Stoops was named the next head coach at Kentucky. Through the University of Oklahoma, Bob Stoops congratulated his brother on his first head coaching job.
"I'm excited for Mark, happy for him and proud of him," Bob said. "He's earned it. He's done really well everywhere he's been. I know he's really prepared for the job. I believe that Kentucky, as he does, has a lot of potential, a lot of resources to build, so I know he's excited about the opportunity."
On how FSU has helped prepare Mark, Bob said all of his experience will be beneficial.
"I think his experience all through, even building Arizona back up, being a part of that along with Florida State and the level of competition at both schools, the way they've played, the competition; he has great experience," Bob Stoops said.
As for advice he'll share with his brother, Bob actually said to not take too much unrequested advice.
"Trust your instincts," Bob said. "When you get one of those positions, everybody wants to tell you what to do. That's how it was for me. I didn't let anyone hurry me. I took it at my own pace, trusted my gut and my instincts on what I wanted to do, and fortunately it worked out."
Bob Stoops has been Oklahoma's head coach since 1999, has won one national championship and played for three others.
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