Is Mark Stoops leaving Arizona?

Stoops coaching news!

That sorta leaves you hanging, eh?

It appears that Mark Stoops, Arizona's accomplished defensive coordinator, is a top candidate for the vacancy at Youngstown State, an FCS power that produced Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.

According to the article from Vindy.com, negotiations have progressed so far that Stoops, 42, is haggling over assistant coach pay, which shows that he knows what he's doing and is serious about the job.

If hired, Stoops would replace Jon Heacock, who resigned on Nov. 22 with a nine-year record of 60-43 as the Penguins' coach.

Wildcats head coach Mike Stoops told the Arizona Daily Star that he would not comment on any Stoops coaching rumors -- Oklahoma Bob (Notre Dame?) or Arizona Mark.

The Stoops brothers -- Bob, Mark and Mike -- all attended Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown.

Arizona concludes the regular season at USC on Saturday.