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Bob Stoops: I'd hire my brother at Oklahoma

Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:03 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 3:03 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Mike Stoops
is suddenly out at Arizona. But if his older brother has any say in it, he'll be able to find a soft professional landing in Oklahoma.

That's what Bob Stoops told reporters at his Tuesday press conference, saying that if everything worked out, he'd be open to hiring Mike onto his staff in Norman.

"Sure, if I had enough money to," Bob said when asked if he might bring his brother aboard. "He's going to have a lot of opportunities."

That's likely true -- see the third Stoops coaching brother, Mark Stoops, engineering the Florida State defense as the Seminoles' coordinator in Tallahassee -- and Bob won't be able to offer him the defensive coordinator's chair with Brent Venables well established as the Sooners' DC. To come to Norman, Mike would likely have to accept a role as a position coach ... and likely a salary well below what he might be able to make on the market as a coordinator or head coach.

But it's easy to see why Bob would welcome Mike's return. The two worked together on the Oklahoma staff from 1999 to 2003, a four-year span in which Mike's defenses helped the Sooners win one national championship and play for another. If Mike is looking for job stability and a familiar environment first and a fat salary second (which, after his abrupt firing in Arizona, isn't that farfetched), a reunion is at least a possibility.

But as bob said: Mike's going to have opportunities. And the likelihood is that he'll find a higher-paying one somewhere outside of his brother's shadow.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 3:09 am

Bob Stoops: I'd hire my brother at Oklahoma

Wow...really? Did you see Arizona's defense under Stoops?

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 2:50 am

Bob Stoops: I'd hire my brother at Oklahoma

....and here are your words after your Pillsbury Doughboy buries the AZ program...

 Personally, I think this is Coach Stoops’ last year in Tucson, but not because he won’t be offered an extension on his contract.  UCLA, Illinois, Mississippi, and yes Ohio State are all schools that are in the running for a new coach next year, and all would gladly entertain the services of Coach Stoops at double his current salary.  Those are the facts, like them or not, but U of A is not going to get a better coach until they make a major financial investment into their overall football program.  I'm just worried that the Cats are going to loose someone who can turn a great team into a Rose Bowl team, given the time and SUPPORT.    

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:31 pm

Bob Stoops: I'd hire my brother at Oklahoma

Of course Bob Stoops will hire his brother Mike because of what the media are saying that the only negative thing about the Sooners not just this season but for a few years now has been their defense so don't be surprise that Bob gets his brother Mike to run the Sooners defense once again because we all know that Mike is still good as a defensive coordinator but that's all he is good at.

Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:33 pm

Bob Stoops: I'd hire my brother at Oklahoma

if you are a fan of arizonia then what hoboduck says is not far off!! stoops was out of control most of the time and when you lose, that act gets old!! mike won for 3 years but the school wanted him out in mid-season so i think it tells you what they really thought of him when he lost!! his other buddy, bo pellini , will end up the same way at nebraska...he'll never leave on his own terms..osborne will fire him because he acts like a crazed animal, cursing and stomping the sidelines...just isn't necessary!!!

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:19 am

Bob Stoops: I'd hire my brother at Oklahoma

Mike needs a SEC school on the ol' resume ! He will be within a nice drive to see his brother @ FSU also. Yes, standing at 103 of 120 in total D is a disgrace for Auburn U. and will say AU won the 2010 mythical nat.Ch. in spite of their DC Ted Roof. Ted Roof holds the dubious destition of holding the WORST all time record for a head coach who has coached at least 50 games. The man shouldn't have a fb coaching job period, MUCH LESS his glaring ineptness at AU. Mike Stoops can turn these players at Auburn into a top twenty D, Ted Roof NEVER will !!!

Mike Stoops will be WELCOME with open arms by 2 million+ AU fans when he arrives !!!


Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:29 am

Bob Stoops: I'd hire my brother at Oklahoma

I am still ambivalent about this decision. As an Arizona alum, I want our football team to move beyond their legacy of mediocrity with occasional stints of relevance, to being a program that regularly cracks into the top 25. Mike Stoops has looked like the golden ray of hope for that dream, with three straight seasons of bowl games, and an impressive pedigree, both in terms of his familial relations and his own career. Watching how he's coached the team, as well, he's done some great work with finding talent in a tough recruiting environment, grooming the players he does get to perform, and putting together a game plan that works with his team's strengths.

That said, he's lost ten straight games against Division I opponents, and that's difficult to overlook. Checking the schedule, though, it's easy to see why. The Wildcats ended last season by playing all of the toughest teams in their conference and facing a very strong Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl. They started this season in similar fashion, with nothing but ranked teams. All of this, of course, came after a promising 6-1 start last year which saw Arizona climb as high as the low teens in the rankings. The increased exposure made all of the losses in high-profile games even more humiliating. Couple this with a new athletic director, keen on building a football culture at a school which has traditionally focused on basketball, and you have an even more intense "" than what Bob Stoops referred to in his weekly press conference.

Personally, both as a native Tucsonan and a fan of the sport, I saw a lot of things needing to be fixed. Arizona's kicking game is absolutely laughable, their defense can't seem to stop anyone, and, overall, they are not performing like you would expect from a mature team returning most its talented players from the year earlier. Something needed to be done, though I would have sooner looked to the position coaches than Mike Stoops. The decision, especially at this point in the season, smacks of impatience and poor judgement. It's the first real mistake that I would say Greg Byrne has made since he took his job as Arizona's athletic director last year.

I doubt Stoops will have any difficulty finding a place to coach. He's proven himself, at the very least, a capable defensive coordinator. I would still stand by him as a competent head coach, though he probably needs some strong coordinators and better recruiting opportunities if he's going to build a program somewhere new.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:37 pm

Bob Stoops: I'd hire my brother at Oklahoma

In further breaking news...water is wet.

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:21 pm

Bob Stoops: I'd hire my brother at Oklahoma

@SWIHawk...if you look at their records, who they played to get into the bowls, how they finished each of the last 2 seasons and how they started this season, it was probably a good call. The bowl game run was ending this year and after losing to OSU, there really wasn't much else to do. You have to remember, he is a defensive minded guy and the defense can't stop anyone. I hate seeing anyone get fired, but it is a high profile, high paying job and the risk comes with the rewards.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:57 pm

Bob Stoops: I'd hire my brother at Oklahoma

When Larry Smith left U of A and with Lute Olson winning conference championships, a national championship and a regular top 10 team  this school evolved into a basketball school and very little chance of that changing considering Sean Miller and a lack of a football winner in Tucson in over a decade.  Mike Stoops was just passionate about the game.  If a player isn't tough enough to take a coach yelling in football than he shouldn't be playing football, it's an emotional and physical sport.  Unfortunately for Stoops the opportunities in college football for him are quite grim with BCS schools considering he couldn't win at Arizona and the Wildcats are probably on the lower half of BCS football schools.  Stoops came in during an era when USC was dominant and controlled recruiting in California.  With Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, Jeff Tedford at Cal, Chris Petersen at Boise State, Steve Sarkisian at Washington and Mike Belotti/Chip Kelly at Oregon it's tough for Arizona to get top recruits out of California so Stoops concentrated too much on Texas where he had very little chances against Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and now Oklahoma State for top recruits out of Texas so that left the best of Arizona and New Mexico which is not a lot of talent. 

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:08 pm

Bob Stoops: I'd hire my brother at Oklahoma

hoboduck- nice name first of all. wow what a complete idiot you are, you have no idea what your talking about.

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