Brian Kelly packing up his things for South Bend still didn’t end the speculation over Bob Stoops’ coaching future.
This time, though, the possible destination is quite a bit more attractive than Notre Dame.
On an ESPN radio show Friday, NFL reporter Chris Mortensen speculated that if the Cowboys fired Wade Phillips, a possibility inching closer to reality with a difficult closing schedule and waning playoff hopes, Oklahoma’s head man could get a call.
His exact words: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would have Stoops “in his discussions,” should the job open up.
Mortensen stressed that to even call the move a rumor was a leap of faith, but did say the speculation came with a “little bit of knowledge.”
Saturday, Mortensen revisited the idea in a Twitter post, again referencing Jimmy Johnson, who Jones hired away from Miami in 1989 and won two Super Bowls with.
“As for Cowboys, if Wade goes, sources say he prefers some in 40′s. Maybe a back to the future deal like a Bob Stoops. Not saying Stoops will be Cowboys coach – he has said he’s staying put, as has Urban Meyer. But J. Johnson and B Switzer. 3 Super Bowls,” read Mortensen’s posts.
Unlike the original Stoops to Notre Dame rumor, Mortensen suggests the interest is, at this point, only one-sided.
But for Oklahoma, which is home to plenty of Cowboys fans, college coaching rumors don’t get much more interesting than that.
Leaving for Notre Dame was a lateral move, if not a step down. But an NFL job with one of the league’s premier franchises? Stoops would be sacrificing the comfy job security he enjoys in Norman, but if Jerry Jones’ name pops up on his cell phone, he’d have to at least answer, right?