The University of Miami is in the middle of a head coaching search and will bring you a look at some candidates we believe could be on the list. This segment takes a look at Mike Stoops.

NAME: Mike Stoops, 48

CURRENT JOB: Head coach at the University of Arizona


TIES TO UM: Stoops was on the coaching staff at Kansas State when athletic director Kirby Hocutt played there in the early 90's. He was then on Oklahoma's coaching staff when Hocutt was on the athletic staff in Norman.

WHAT MAKES HIM A GOOD CANDIDATE: Stoops has worked under some of the most successful head coaches in college football in recent history -- Hayden Frye, Bob Stoops, and Bill Snyder. Stoops was considered an excellent defensive coordinator and helped Oklahoma win a national championship during his time there. He took over an Arizona program than won just 11 games in the three years prior to him getting there. Now that he has his coaches and his recruits in place, Stoops has had much better teams in recent years. He's expected to win his eighth game this Saturday, which would give Arizona three straight 8-win seasons and three straight bowl games. His winning percentage over the past three seasons is more than double of what Arizona's winning percentage was in the three seasons prior to hiring Stoops. He's done an excellent job turning that program around and maintaining it.

WHY IT MAY BE UNLIKELY: In seven years at Arizona, Stoops has been unable to win a conference title. The best season he's had is 8-5. His offenses have always been around the middle of the pack in the Pac 10.

BOTTOM LINE: He's one of the most likely candidates. He's turned Arizona around and made them competitive again in the Pac 10 but it's hard to take that next step there. At Miami, he would take over a program that could legitimately win a national title next season. He's a quality football coach who should be considered a very good hire for the Canes if it were to happen.

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