Bob Stoops responds to USC Trojans job opening
As long as Bob Stoops is on television and not a sideline, he’ll be rumored for college football coaching job. That happened this week.
After all, Stoops is a proven coach thanks to his time at Oklahoma and is still relatively young for a coach. The 61-year-old won a national championship and 10 Big 12 titles for the Sooners before suddenly retiring after the 2017 season. Now, Southern California is looking for a coach after firing Clay Helton last week. As expected, Stoops name began to swirl.
Here is what Stoops had to say during a pre-game telecast on Fox.
“I’ve only been on the (television) set three times and you’re already getting rid of me,” Stoops said, via 247Sports.com. “Nah, listen — I love too much working with you guys, what I’m doing. I love watching my son play. I’ve got another one coaching. That’s all I’m interested in doing right now.
“But I’ll tell you what I think USC needs … when I took over here (Oklahoma) in 1999, we had five straight losing seasons. Our players’ self image was in the tank. USC’s players got to feel the same way. They know what the traditions are there and they’re not living up to them. So the first order of business is build their self-esteem, their self image, their confidence and their expectations.”
That could be tough. The Trojans are 19-14 in the past four seasons.