Bob Stoops comments on potential return to college coaching
Three Power 5 college football head coaching jobs have already come open, and there are sure to be more as the 2019 regular-season winds down here in November.
When CFB jobs come open, you can’t blame the fans for wondering if they can possibly hire a proven winner. When FSU fired Willie Taggart, former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops was immediately brought up as a lead candidate. If you believe the message board and social media insiders, Stoops has been talking to the Seminoles.
Stoops stepped away from coaching college football ahead of the 2017 season. He’s set to return to coaching but as the head coach and GM of the revived XFL’s Dallas Renegades. With so much uncertainty surrounding the lifespan of the new XFL, no one would be surprised if Stoops decided to take a college football head coaching job instead.
On Wednesday, Stoops called into ESPN Central Texas for a radio interview. The discussion was mostly focused on Stoops’ upcoming season with the Renegades, the topic of Stoops potentially returning to college football did come up.
“Well you never know what the Lord is going to bring ya,” Stoops said. “Everybody wants you to define your life at every age. At 50, they wanted me to know what I was going to do the rest of my life. And at 55, and now at 59, everyone thinks you gotta…ya know, who knows what I’ll be doing next year or the year after. You don’t know what you’re going to be doing next year. And the good Lord is the only one who knows.
“We’ll see where things end up for me.”
For now, though, Stoops is saying the right things about coaching in the XFL.
“I’m excited about this adventure here with the Dallas Renegades and looking forward to some good, exciting football with them,” Stoops said.
With Stoops having won national championship rings at Florida (1996, defensive coordinator) and Oklahoma (2000, head coach), and showing an interest in coaching again, he’s sure to be linked to many prominent college football jobs.