FSU hires Mark Stoops

Florida State has hired Arizona defensive coordinator Mark Stoops to replace longtime defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, sources confirmed Friday. Stoops is in his sixth year at Arizona and has two decades of coaching experience. FSU fans can rest easy. This was a good hire.

Stoops joins Tennessee running backs/special teams coach Eddie Gran as Jimbo Fisher’s first two hires, but the staff changes won't take place until after the Gator Bowl.

Fisher has already told four members of the staff they will not be retained. Defensive line coach Jody Allen, running backs coach Dexter Carter, linebackers coach Chuck Amato and strength coach Todd Stroud must all be replaced. Offensive line coach Rick Trickett interviewed earlier today for the head coaching job at Marshall.