MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — On Saturday evening, it was announced by multiple credible sources that Mark Stoops would leave the Kentucky Wildcats to become the next head coach at Texas A&M. However, Stoops took to X in the early morning hours to say that he had decided to not leave Kentucky and would remain the head coach of the Wildcats.
“I know there’s been much speculation about me and my job situation the last couple of days,” Stoops said. “It’s true I was contact about a potential opportunity this weekend, but after celebrating a big win against our rivals with players I love like family, I knew in my heart I couldn’t leave the University of Kentucky right now.
“I have a great job at a place I love, and I get to work with the best administration and greatest fan base in college football right where I’m at. I’m excited to say I’m a Wildcat!”
I know there’s been much speculation about me and my job situation the last couple of days. It’s true I was contacted about a potential opportunity this weekend, but after celebrating a big win against our rivals with players I love like family, I knew in my heart I couldn’t…
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) November 26, 2023
How does this affect West Virginia University? Well, while it was thought that Stoops was headed to Texas A&M, writers in Kentucky were already putting together lists of potential replacements and Neal Brown was named as a legitmate candidate to watch. According to CatsPause.com, the Kentucky 247 affiliate, Brown was one of four candidates that would be considered in addition to Troy head coach Jon Sumrall, Kentucky offensive coordinator Liam Coen and Kentucky defensive coordinator Brad White. Sumrall has been mentioned in multiple other Power 5 searches, so if Kentucky wanted a head coach with head coaching experience, Neal Brown, who played at Kentucky, was an offensive coordinator there and grew up in Danville, Kentucky, may have been the logical choice.
— The Voice of Morgantown (@voicemorgantown) November 26, 2023