LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Make room for another Stoops on the Kentucky football coaching staff. Mike Stoops, brother of Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops, has been hired as the new Inside Linebackers Coach. The school announced the move on Tuesday.

Stoops replaces Jon Sumrall, who left Kentucky for the head coaching job at Troy University after the Citrus Bowl. Most recently, Stoops was the defensive coordinator at Florida Atlantic for the 2021 season. Prior to that he spent two seasons as an analyst on Nick Saban’s coaching staff.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to coach with Mike again,” Mark Stoops said.  “Mike was instrumental in my early development as a coach, as I learned a lot from him at Arizona. He has a wealth of experience as a head coach, coordinator, and position coach.  I look forward to having him contribute to the staff at Kentucky.” 

The last time the Stoops brother worked together was at Arizona from 2004-09 when Mark was a defensive assistant for then-head coach Mike.

“I want to thank everyone at the University of Kentucky for this exciting opportunity to coach inside linebackers,” Mike Stoops said. “Mark, his staff, and these players have accomplished a great deal, while competing in the Southeastern Conference, to put the Kentucky football program on the map. I’m looking forward to working with Coach (Brad) White on defense and contributing to the development and success of our players and team. Go Cats!”