REPORT: Mark Stoops tells Auburn no, is staying at FSU is reporting that FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops has turned down Auburn’s advances…and reportedly doubling of his salary…to stay in Tallahasee.

Stoops was the favorite of many Auburn fans to take over for Ted Roof. As much as $1.1 Million was rumored to be the offer presented to Stoops to come to Auburn.

Not even making him a millionaire made the job worth it.

Other names I’ve heard are Jeff Fisher (the former Tennessee Titan head coach), Ellis Johnson and the Easter Bunny. Of that list, the Easter Bunny appears to be the frontrunner.

So Malzahn accepts a $500,000 pay cut to leave, and Mark Stoops rejects a huge raise to come. One has to ask the question: What’s really going on down in Lee County?

Is there something below the surface keeping people away? And is it about to be “above” the surface?

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