Florida Atlantic is still looking for a coach to replace the retiring Howard Schnellenberger. Reportedly, it won't be either Mike Stoops or Mark Stoops who fills that role: Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post reports that both Stoops brothers — Mike was fired as Arizona's head coach this fall; Mark is Florida State's defensive coordinator — have turned down FAU.
Mark Stoops was reportedly offered a contract that would pay him about $400,000 annually, which he turned down. Mike Stoops was reportedly offered a contract with undisclosed terms, and denied, though FAU athletic director Craig Angelos denies that the former Arizona coach was ever offered the job.
With both Stoops brothers likely out of the running, Florida Atlantic may refocus on Mike Leach and Randy Shannon, both previously mentioned as possible candidates to become just the second head coach in the Owls' history.
Whoever does succeed Schnellenberger will inherit a team that bottomed out in 2011, going 1-11. But the Owls did prevail in Schnelly's send-off, winning 38-35 over UAB.