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Stoops dispels Notre Dame rumors

Nov 30, 2009, 3:40 PM EDT

Tough to play a game of semantics with this one. Bob Stoops declared today that he’ll be at Oklahoma next year, according to the Daily Oklahoman’s David Ubben.

“I’m going to be at Oklahoma next year,” he said. “If (athletic
director) Joe (Castiglione) will have me and President (David) Boren,
that’s what I intend to do.”

Stoops was fairly clear about his stance on staying in Norman next season, but wasn’t willing to comment on whether or not he had contact with anyone at or associated with Notre Dame.

“I will never confirm or deny whether I talk or not talk to anybody, and I won’t be interviewing for any jobs,” he said.

You’d think this would put an end to the Bob Stoops to Notre Dame rumors, but I think we all know much better than that.

  1. Teo - Nov 30, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Stoops: Hey Notre Dame: If you want me, you better come get me.
    We’ve seen a lot of head coaches, in years past, say they were staying with their respective teams. I can recall Saban staying at Louisiana State; then at Miami. Remember Rich Rodriguez? How about Urban Meyer staying at Utah?
    The bottom line, though, is that a head coach at the University of Notre Dame is NOT a dream job for someone who already has their dream job. If Stoops is serious, it’s likely because he already enjoys his current position at OU too much to risk the rebuilding process in South Bend. But, I am not one to think that he’s completely unwilling to even consider coaching Notre Dame.
    One final note is this: it’s unfortunate, again, that Notre Dame alumni and those who are “sources” continue to leak the names of people interested in the job. It harms those who are applying — and it makes the university look bad, too.

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