Mike Stoops has met with new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer but said Thursday afternoon he will not comment whether he has been offered a job on the Buckeyes' staff.
"I don't comment on that stuff," Stoops said in a telephone interview with The Oklahoman. "But I can confirm that I have visited with coach Meyer."
Stoops, brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, was fired at Arizona in mid-season after posting a 41-49 record in eight seasons with the Wildcats, highlighted by a 1-2 record in bowl games.
Meyer already has retained 2010 interim head coach Luke Fickell to be his defensive coordinator. If Stoops were to join the staff it most likely would be as a defensive assistant.
"I've just been relaxing, taking it easy, trying to figure out what's going to be the best situation moving forward," Stoops said. "The most important thing to me is getting in a stable place where you have an opportunity to win."
Stoops said he is weighing all options but has always been attracted to the defensive side of coaching. Assistant coaches and coordinators work more closely with specific units and players compared to being a head coach.
"Coaching defense has always been my passion," Stoops said. "You get very close to the defense. If the right opportunity presents itself, and it's a good arrangement, I would certainly be excited about it."
Mike Stoops, 49, was the defensive coordinator at OU under his brother for five seasons before being hired at Arizona at the end of the 2003 season. He was on NFL off-season rosters with the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons for two years before moving into coaching.
He began his coaching career at Iowa, spending six years at his alma mater. Mike Stoops was an assistant with Bob under Bill Snyder for seven years at Kansas State before joining Bob's staff at OU in 1999.
Mike Stoops said he will watch Bedlam Saturday night from his home in Tucson.
"It will be another classic game," Stoops said. "I'm looking forward to watching it."