Posted by Tom Fornelli
Whenever there is a big program looking for a head coach it seems inevitable that at some point Bob Stoops' name will come up as a candidate at the school. It always sounds as if he's about to leave Oklahoma too. Last year he was leaving Oklahoma for Notre Dame before Brian Kelly ended up getting the job. This year he was on his way to Florida before Will Muschamp was hired.
On Tuesday Stoops talked to the media for the first time since the Sooners won the Big 12 championship and, as you'd expect, he was asked about the Florida rumors and why he stays at Oklahoma.
Well, it's simple, really. He loves you, Oklahoma.
“I like everything about it here,” Stoops said. “First and foremost, the community, the area. All of that. But I would say maybe tied with first and foremost is our president and athletic director. I think too much of the time, when people talk about opportunities you have, to work with David Boren, his track record is pretty incredible, his leadership in the university, and his strength in building our program has been pretty good, too. Same thing with our athletic director as well. Joe Castiglione, there’s not a guy that works harder in the country.
“Guys have a vision to help you build and improve your program, because it doesn’t just happen with me.
“I have two of the best leaders in the country to help me do that. ... Your working environment is the biggest factor.
“I’m a regular guy, like anybody. I like the community. People are down to earth and approachable and friendly. My family enjoys that. I guess what everybody else enjoys about living in a great community. It’s a great place to live.”
Of course, that doesn't mean he's never going to leave. While Stoops is only 29 wins shy of passing Barry Switzer for most wins in school history, and has said that he'd like to match the three titles both Switzer and Bud Wilkinson, he realizes he can't see the future or what will happen. He says he's still young enough to know that things could change at the school, and that if they do, he may leave at some point.
So I guess that means he'll be rumored to be heading somewhere else next season.