Bob Stoops discusses being mentioned in connection with several big-time coaching searches
This year’s coaching carousel has seen former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops being mentioned for jobs at Florida State and possibly Southern Cal. But for Stoops, this is nothing new.
At a workout for his new XFL team, the Dallas Renegades, Stoops was asked about being a hot name on the coaching watch lists, according to Joseph Hoyt of the Dallas Morning News. Is it tiresome being connected to every major college opening and having to refute it. “No, that’s happened to me since 2000,” Stoops said. “I don’t really care about it. Don’t spend much time worrying about it. People say a lot of things that aren’t true.”
Stoops stepped down from being the head coach at Oklahoma after the 2016 season, and was the first of now 3 prominent coaches — Urban Meyer and Chris Petersen the others — to step down at a relatively young age. Stoops was 56 at the time. So Stoops has elected for a lifestyle change, or he’s waiting for the perfect job for him, if one exists.
“Everybody’s different,” Stoops told USA TODAY. “Everybody’s circumstances are different. … Chris ultimately is the one who knows what’s right for him, for he and his family. Just because it goes against what’s conventional doesn’t mean it’s not the right situation for him.”