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Oklahoma football: Cleveland definitely not the right spot for Bob Stoops

COMMENTARY — While the OU coach might leave for an NFL job someday, he's not going to a team that doesn't have solid leadership.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 7, 2014

We kept hearing Bob Stoops' name linked with the Cleveland Browns. Kept hearing that Stoops might finally be ready to jump to the NFL.

The NFL? Maybe some day. Maybe even some day soon.

But the Browns? No chance.

In fact, Cleveland is the prime example of what keeps coaches like Stoops on campus.

The Browns returned to life for the 1999 season. The same year Stoops arrived in Oklahoma.

The Browns have fired six coaches during those 15 years: Chris Palmer, Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur and Rob Chudzinski.

Chudzinski was fired last week after one year on the job.

The new-age Browns also have had six general managers. They've got a new chief executive officer, Joe Banner, who's been on the job 15 months and has fired two coaches.

The company of the Browns' new owner, Jimmy Haslam, is under federal investigation for rebate irregularities.

Oh yeah, Stoops is going to run to that job. Let's see. Shaky ownership. Quick-trigger leadership. No quarterback. Cold weather. In a division with three franchises that do seem to know what they're doing.

What's not to love about that offer?

Nobody that already has a really good football job is going to Cleveland. And Stoops has a really good football job.

The Sooners aren't back on top of college football, but they're not far off, as we discovered — and maybe he did, too — in New Orleans.

OU has stable leadership; Stoops works for the same two men, president David Boren and athletic director Joe Castiglione, who hired him 15 years ago.

OU is investing in its program. I talked to Stoops a couple of months ago about what was next on his wish list, after the opening of the new dorm, and he really wasn't passionate about anything. There's a faction of boosters that want to modernize the west-side upper deck; new press box, new suites, make it comparable to the east side. Stoops seemed fine either way.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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