OU football: Don’t sweat Stoops & Florida
Urban Meyer says he’s stepping down at Florida. Again. Sorry for my Groundhog Day attitude, but getting burned twice would be on me, not him.
And the same goes even if Meyer indeed steps away from college football. All the frenzy that followed over Bob Stoops leaving Oklahoma for Florida after Steve Spurrier quit, then after Ron Zook was fired, then for the 15 minutes Meyer seemed to be leaving last December, well, I’m just not going to play along this time.
Other than to throw out some questions.
If Stoops didn’t want to coach in the SEC even when it meant not uprooting his 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old twin boys, why would he want to coach in the SEC when it means exactly that?
And make no mistake. Stoops did not want to coach in the Southeastern Conference. Last summer, he had the chance. The SEC invited OU, and while many of the fans clamored for their school to accept the offer, the Sooners answered with a resounding no, thanks. Led by Stoops, who was very intrigued by the Pac-10 but not at all interested in the SEC.
Why would Stoops want to leave a league in which a promising quarterback with his hand out or caught in the cookie jar gets dismissed from the team, to join a league in which a promising quarterback with his hand out or caught in the cookie jar will be breaking tackles against you some Saturday soon?
Stoops booted off Rhett Bomar on the eve of August practice in 2006 when he discovered his quarterback was being paid by Big Red Sports & Imports for work not performed. Yet when Mississippi State told Cam Newton’s handlers to hit the road, even though the quarterback extraordinaire wanted to be a Bulldog, all it got Mississippi State was a date with trying to tackle Newton while playing for the Auburn Tigers.
There are all kinds of reasons why Stoops would want to keep coaching at Oklahoma and why he would enjoy coaching at Florida.
OU? His bosses, Joe Castiglione and David Boren. Norman is the only home his kids have known. His legacy, which is growing by the season. A hundred more.
Florida? New challenge. Close to the beach. He’s beloved there, for his three seasons coordinating Spurrier’s defenses. A hundred more.
But Stoops already has answered the SEC question.
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