BCS National Championship: OU's Bob Stoops won’t coach into his 70s

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: January 8, 2009 at 12:35 am •  Published: January 8, 2009
Bob Stoops may become the first coach ever to win two BCS National Championships tonight.

But that’s not going to make him want to coach into his 70s, like Penn State’s Joe Paterno or Florida State’s Bobby Bowden.

"I don’t need it,” Stoops said Wednesday is his final press conference before his Sooners take on Florida in Dolphin Stadium. "I love what I do, I mean I absolutely love it. It’s exciting, it’s everything you want. You know you’re alive every day. But there’s a lot of other things to me that, outside of this game, I want to do, and a lot of it even just time with family.”

Stoops, 48, is about to complete his 10th season as the Sooners’ head coach.

So, if he doesn’t coach, what else might Stoops want to do?

"Geez, travel, golf, a little more whatever,” he said. "Again, I just know you value your time, and a lot of times you want it to be your time, and what you decide to do, when you do it.”

Stoops, however, said he’s still a long ways away from retirement.

"I’m nowhere close to that,” he said. "Again, I love what I’m doing, but I know I won’t be doing it when I’m in my 70s. I don’t know if I’ll make it to 60.”

Florida coach Urban Meyer, 44, said Wednesday he wouldn’t coach into his 70s, either.

"The wear and tear on coaching, I imagine it’s like it’s never been with recruiting 24/7, 12 months a year,” Meyer said. "It’s a tough lifestyle.

"There will be no chance I’ll be doing this in my 70s.”

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