- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Florida State has hired Arizona defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as its next defensive coordinator, according to a source close to the hiring process.
Stoops will replace longtime defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, who announced his retirement earlier this season after 26 years. Stoops is the first hand-picked coordinator by Jimbo Fisher, who will replace legendary coach Bobby Bowden following the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl.
Stoops, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, was also a top candidate for the head coaching job at Youngstown State. Details of his contract at FSU were not immediately available. Stoops was defensive backs coach at Miami from 2001 to 2003 before joining his brother Mike's staff at Arizona for the 2004 season. Mark Stoops also is the younger brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.
Stoops joins Tennessee running backs/special teams coach Eddie Gran as Fisher's first two hires.
Fisher has already told four members of the staff they will not be retained: Defensive ends coach Jody Allen, running backs coach Dexter Carter, linebackers coach Chuck Amato and strength coach Todd Stroud. Offensive line coach Rick Trickett interviewed earlier Friday for the head coaching job at Marshall.
Heather Dinich covers the ACC for ESPN.com.
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