Bob Stoops’ Tennessee stock is reportedly “falling”
“Me? Oh, I didn’t know that,” Stoops said at his Monday press conference. “I like the job I have. No, I love the job I have and the people I work for so I’ll try and keep it another year.”
Today, GoVols247.com — Tennessee’s version of OU Insider — posted a new story entitled “Coaching search – The stock report” where coaches like Butch Jones and Charlie Strong are “rising” but coaches like Mike Gundy and Bob Stoops are “falling.”
Knoxville radio and newspapers have been discussing the possibility of Stoops leaving Norman for a couple weeks now.
GoVolsXtra.com recently wrote that rumors of a big-name coach possibility should be seen as a “compliment” to UT fans. They also wrote:
“Maybe UT can’t hire a big-name coach. But it at least can sustain the rumor of a big-name coach.
“That’s a tribute to Tennessee football, especially when you consider the program has suffered three consecutive seven-loss seasons for the first time in school history.
“Don’t get the wrong idea. If Stoops came to UT’s rescue, he would be treated as a conquering hero. How long that would last would depend on the program’s progress.
‘It’s much easier to list reasons why either Gruden or Stoops wouldn’t be interested in the UT job than why they would. But that shouldn’t discourage Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart from persistently pursuing them.”
Now it seems Knoxville has read Stoops’ remarks from his press conference and has changed its mind about the possibility of Stoops even being pursued.
“Bob Stoops, head coach, Oklahoma: Despite early rumblings that Stoops would be willing to listen to Tennessee, we think he makes too much money, has too big of a buyout and is too comfortable at Oklahoma to be a real candidate for the UT job. Doesn’t mean things can’t change, but we think he’s an even longer shot than ever – and we never really thought he was in play.”
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