Among the visitors to Cowboys Stadium on Friday were Bob Stoops' boyhood best friend, Jerry Williams, and older brother, Ron Stoops Jr.
The Big 12 title game is a Youngstown, Ohio, celebration, with both Bob Stoops and Nebraska coach Bo Pelini hailing from Youngstown's Cardinal Mooney High School.
Who's Youngstown pulling for?
â€œDepends on which family you know best,â€ said Williams, who along with Stoops as kids painted their shoes silver to mimic 1970s OU star Joe Washington.
Pelini said: â€œThey're probably hoping it's a tie, but I don't think that's going to happen. We obviously share a lot of mutual friends.â€
Bob Stoops said, â€œNot bad for a couple of poor kids from the south side ... the good part of it, when you're in a game like this, one of you has to win, so one of you is going to have a championship.â€
Stoops and Williams graduated from Cardinal Mooney with Pelini's older brother, Vince, whom Stoops called the wildest of the entire Youngstown bunch.
Ron Stoops Jr. wasn't convinced: â€œThat's like flipping a coin.â€
Wilson a candidate?
Stoops said that offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson did not interview for the Indiana coaching job, contrary to various reports.
â€œThat's not true; he's not been contacted,â€ Stoops said.
A private jet took off from Indianapolis on Friday and landed at OU's Westheimer Airport at 8:35 a.m., but it is not known who was aboard.
Wilson has been widely speculated as a leading candidate at Indiana, which this week fired coach Bill Lynch. ESPN.com reported Wilson is considered a leading candidate, along with Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell.
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