By LARRY VAUGHT
Before Kentucky hired Mark Stoops, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit was perhaps the first to note that Stoops would be a solid hire for Kentucky.
He was on a conference call Wednesday to talk about the upcoming season.
Herbstreit said he thought Stoops was a talented defensive coordinator at Florida State.
“I think getting away from his brother, Mike, who is at Arizona and he was the defensive coordinator and kind of getting out on his own and he ended up at Florida State and having a great deal of success. I knew what kind of leader he was. I knew what kind of recruiter he could be. I just thought if he finally got an opportunity to be his own guy, he would have a chance to do pretty well,” Herbstreit said.