Sep 3, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell during the second quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Take 5: Nebraska coaching candidates to replace Scott Frost

How desirable the Nebraska football job is will be a point of debate following the firing of Scott Frost on Sunday.

The answer may well be determined by who the Cornhuskers are able to lure to Lincoln, Neb.

Frost was let go after a 1-2 start to the season, including a home loss to Georgia Southern on Saturday. That dropped Frost’s record to 16-31 at his alma mater.

Athletic director Trev Alberts said the search for Frost’s replacement will begin “immediately,” and Nebraska gets a head start on that process.

Five early candidates:

Luke Fickell, Cincinnati head coach
Fickell’s name has surfaced with most every coaching vacancy at a Power 5 program over the past few years. He has turned down every overture thus far but Nebraska could be a compelling option for the Columbus, Ohio native who played for Ohio State.

However, Fickell has already turned down Michigan State and may not be interested in a Big Ten job other than the Buckeyes. He also said no to Notre Dame.

Matt Campbell, Iowa State head coach
Campbell has turned the Cyclones into a consistent contender in the Big 12 and, like Fickell, has turned down several opportunities to interview with larger Power 5 programs.

Nebraska has the tradition and the deep pocketbooks that may pique Campbell’s interest level, and leaving Ames now might be more appealing with the future makeup of the Big 12 a major question mark. He has strung together five consecutive winning seasons with the Cyclones.

Mark Stoops, Kentucky head coach
Stoops is fresh off a big victory over Florida and has the Wildcats ranked in the top 20 despite being without his leading rusher to start the season. He has built a very respectable program in the SEC East that has posted a pair of 10-win campaigns in the past six years, but Stoops might see an easier path to sustained success in the Big Ten West.

Stoops, who is 12-3 since the start of last season, did sign an extension through 2028.

Dave Aranda, Baylor head coach
Aranda served as Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator from 2013-15 before moving on to the same role with LSU from 2016-19. He led the Bears to the Big 12 championship in only his second season and signed an extension through 2029.

Matt Rhule, Carolina Panthers head coach
Rhule entered the NFL season on the hot seat after compiling a 10-23 record through his first two years. He is a proven program builder at the college level, taking a Temple team that won only two games in his first year to consecutive 10-win seasons just two years later.

Rhule then did the same at Baylor, leading the Bears to an 11-3 record in 2019 and recording 47 total victories as a college head coach. The Bears earned a spot in the Sugar Bowl before Rhule left for the NFL.

Other notable names: Mickey Joseph, Nebraska interim coach; Lance Leipold, Kansas head coach; Jim Leonhard, Wisconsin DC; Urban Meyer, FOX Sports analyst; Bill O’Brien, Alabama OC

–Field Level Media

Kentucky defensive back Yusuf Corker speaks during a news conference for the Vrbo Citrus Bowl, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

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Kentucky S Yusuf Corker declares for NFL draft

Kentucky safety Yusuf Corker announced Friday that he is entering the NFL draft.

Corker was second on the Wildcats (10-3) with 81 tackles this season. He had 77 stops in 2020 and 74 in 2019.

“The time has come to follow my dreams and I am excited to announce that I will be declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft!” Corker said in his announcement on Twitter. “Thank you again for all of the support.”

Corker also had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 43 games for Kentucky. He scored a touchdown against UT Martin in 2019 when he recovered an errant snap in the end zone.

Also, Wildcats coach Mark Stoops is reportedly in the process of hiring his older brother, Mike, to be Kentucky’s linebackers coach. Mike Stoops was head coach of Arizona from 2004-11 and Mark coached the defensive backs under him from 2004-09.

–Field Level Media

Jul 20, 2021; Hoover, Alabama, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops speaks to the media during SEC Media Days at Hyatt Regency Birmingham. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Six Kentucky players face burglary charges

Six football players from the University of Kentucky are facing first-degree burglary charges in Lexington, Ken.

Offensive lineman Reuben “R.J.” Adams, running back Robert “Jutahn” McClain, defensive back Andru Phillips, wide receiver Earnest Sanders IV, safety Devito Tisdale and defensive back Joel Williams were the players named by the Lexington Police Department.

Additionally, Tisdale is accused of wanton endangerment. He is accused of pointing a handgun at one of the victims.

The players are scheduled for arraignment on Friday.

Each charge stems from an incident at private party last March, in which the players are accused of crashing a private party, being asked to leave, and then returning with more individuals and at least one suspect pointing a firearm.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops released the following statement: “I am aware of the situation that arose today. Out of respect for the legal process, I cannot comment on the charges. We have been aware of this matter since March, as we withheld the players from team activities while a student conduct review was held. Based on the outcome of the review, the players returned to activity in June.

“We are evaluating the current situation as we receive more information.”

–Field Level Media

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Report: Bob Stoops joining Fox pregame show

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Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is joining Fox’s pregame show, the New York Post reported Monday.

The 2000 season national championship coach will replace Urban Meyer on the show, “Big Noon Kickoff.” Meyer was recently hired as coach of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 60-year-old Stoops retired from coaching shortly before the 2017 season. He was named as part of the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class in January.

Stoops is the winningest coach in Oklahoma history and compiled a 190-48 record in 18 seasons. He won 10 Big 12 titles and was named coach of the year on six occasions.

He won 10 or more games 14 times, including an 11-2 mark in his final season in 2016.

Stoops coached the XFL’s Dallas Renegades in 2000 and went 2-3 before the season ended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stoops joins former college football stars Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn on the show. Rob Stone is the host.

–Field Level Media