OU notebook: Youngstown divided

By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Modified: December 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm •  Published: December 3, 2010

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?

“Depends on which family you know best,” said Williams, who along with Stoops as kids painted their shoes silver to mimic 1970s OU star Joe Washington.

Pelini said: “They'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.”

Bob Stoops said, “Not 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.”

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: “That's like flipping a coin.”

Wilson a candidate?

Stoops said that offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson did not interview for the Indiana coaching job, contrary to various reports.

“That's not true; he's not been contacted,” 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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