TheLook We’re Off And Running With The “Bob Stoops Has Interest In The NFL” Rumors

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UPDATE: Even prior to Thursday night’s Sugar Bowl game had ended, this report surfaced that Stoops is being “connected” to the Cleveland Browns job. Very little of which makes any sense, especially coming of the huge win over Alabama, that Stoops would voluntarily walk into that nightmare of a franchise. But things like logic aren’t going to stop people from reporting this stuff, thus we’re forced to make you aware of its existence.

Well, that didn’t take long.

It’s that time of year again when Bob Stoops’ agent, the Neil Cornrich, starts to spread the rumor that his client and long-time Oklahoma head football coach might have a wandering eye. Things officially kicked off Monday afternoon when Ian Rappaport of NFL.com told Rich Eisen of the NFL Network that Stoops “has expressed some interest in joining the NFL.”

I’m not here to tell you that Rappaport is off-base with his report or that his information is wrong, he’s a very credible reporter with legitimate sources. And I’m obviously not Stoops (or Cornrich), so I can’t definitively tell you this “interest” he may have is just another commonly used ploy on the part of Cornrich to secure his client a pay raise.

If we’re going based off history, there is very little to see here and virtually no reason to believe that (1) Stoops actually has any real interest of being an NFL head coach or (2) that OU fans need to sweat this report and the idea of him leaving Norman. He’s never truly, or at least publicly, expressed any interest in coaching in the NFL and whenever asked about the possibility has always been very complimentary of his current situation.

Now, to be fair, is it completely inconceivable that Stoops could leave for the NFL? Of course not.

In the world we live in today, where ungodly amounts of money are routinely thrown at both coaches and players, anything is possible.

That said, at this point there appears to be very little here in terms of substance. So, at least for now, you can file this away in the “been there, done that” drawer and carry on about your day.

Of course should anything change or there is some confirmation of this supposed “interest”, we’ll be sure to bring you the latest when/if that happens.

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    Oh, here we go.

    • Jordan Esco

      Exactly

  • JD

    If Bob were to leave then he’d have to get a large amount of money guaranteed since owners rarely give new coaches the full length to right the ship (see Cleveland this year)

    • red clay

      Yeah, seems like few owners have the sense to let the football guys run the operation. Seems like most of them are to some degree like Jerry Jones. As it is, Bob runs his show, earns a fat paycheck, and is closing in on curing the problems of recent years. That agent is fishing for dollars, which is what agents do.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUvqXK4DEM DCinAZ

    Don’t care if he is interested whether it’s true or not. We can find another coach just fine.

    • Jordan Esco

      I’ve been in that same place at times, but also been reminded to be careful what you wish for. Yes, in theory, one would think it’d be easy for the University of Oklahoma to find a suitable replacement were Stoops to leave. But there are obviously no guarantees that, no matter how good/qualified the candidate, things work out.

      • Bill Wilson

        OU football is bigger than any one coach, Jordan. I do think there are risks inherent in any coaching change … but conversely, 15 years is a long time in one place. I think change is coming sooner, rather than later. Can’t say I see it coming in the NFL, though.

        • Jordan Esco

          Don’t disagree on the sentiment at all. OU football will always be bigger than any one coach. Just saying there’s no guarantee that a new guy can maintain the level of success Stoops has established.

          • Bill Wilson

            Can’t say I see this differently than you – although I can’t say I’m thrilled that the annual “campaign for a raise” that probably was coming anyway had to begin three days before a difficult bowl game.
            I guess money rules everything.

          • Jordan Esco

            +1

        • CoachStauder

          For ever Bob Stoops, there are plenty of John Blake, Howard Schnellenger, and Gary Gibbs up for hire…

    • Kyle

      You’re right, finding one isn’t that difficult. I’ll do it for a few years.

      It’s silly to think Stoops is easily replaceable. Somebody missed the 90′s.

    • SoonerfanTU

      Not always that easy. There are plenty of “power schools” that have had failed signings in the last decade or so.

      • SoonerfanTU

        I mean just think about it. Look at the names that UT is likely to choose from. Briles. Strong. Franklin. None of those guys are overly impressive, and “for sure” hires. I could see all failing or succeeding at a school like OU. I know we’ll have to replace him at some point, but I’m not ready yet.

        • CoachStauder

          Briles would be impressive. As would Franklin.

  • Kelly Turner

    People always talks crap about Stoops but if he were to leave my heart would sink.

    • ToatsMcGoats

      Also, people always talk crap about Stoops but: His name is always at the top of the list when there is a coaching vacancy that needs filled….

  • Sooner Ray

    If he does want to leave, there is a guy named Brown looking for a job…HAHAHAHAHAH…….HAHAHAHAHAHA……please don’t beat me down Blaster!

    • Jordan Esco

      You bite your damn tongue! ;)

      • Sooner Ray

        I can’t, there’s a beer bottle between my teeth!

        • pitbull17

          You may end up catching one up side the head if you keep the blasphemy going! Seriously though, let’s not say things that make me cringe any more.

          • Sooner Ray

            I’ll calm down, Don’t wanna mess with your butt whipin’ reputation! HAHA!

          • pitbull17

            Stuff like that is more likely to make me cry.

    • blaster1371

      I will be on your doorstep before sundown.

      • Sooner Ray

        What would the world be without a good texass joke now and then?

  • SoonerfanTU

    It wasn’t something that had been on my mind, but this is a point in time where it would actually make a little bit of sense. There would still be plenty of downside as well, but I could actually see it a big more now. How old are his kids? Maybe the Cleveland job?

    I don’t think anything comes of this, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it did.

  • Jordan Esco

    Rookie @KSTiLLS finished the regular season with an @NFL-best 20.0 yds per catch average #Saints— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 30, 2013

  • Bill Wilson

    Benjamins? Yeah, probably. Can’t say the timing of this pleases me, though.
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  • blaster1371

    I know money seems to be the prime motive for all employment. I still cannot comprehend why a successful college coach who is is paid very, very well and seems to keep said job for years to come would venture into the nfl where most coaches are lucky to last beyond three years.

  • L’carpetron Dookmarriot

    My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who talked to Bob at practice last night. I guess his interest is pretty serious.

    • Jordan Esco

      Sources!

  • pitbull17

    This talk doesn’t even phase me anymore. But these things happen when you least expect it. But with SoonerRay talking about Mack now I’m on edge!

    • Sooner Ray

      Calm down good buddy! I gotta lay out some texass jokes every chance I get.

      • pitbull17

        yeah I know. I love degrading texass jokes. One’s that even mention a texass coach coming to OU make my brain hurt.

  • Bwilliams

    Sounds like a play by Bob’s agent to get some extra cash out of OU.

  • Matthew Hawkins

    Bob Stoops has never coached in the NFL and I don’t think he could take his brothers to coach with him. Putting an NFL staff together would probably be difficult for him. I don’t see why an NFL team would offer him the job.