Notre Dame is no place for Bob Stoops

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 17, 2009 at 9:29 am •  Published: November 17, 2009
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photo - Bob Stoops, right, will have a strong team coming back next season, both on offense with Landry Jones (shown against Idaho State) and defense. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Bob Stoops, right, will have a strong team coming back next season, both on offense with Landry Jones (shown against Idaho State) and defense. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Ro
y Williams left Kansas not on North Carolina’s first hire after Dean Smith (Bill Guthridge) or even the second (Matt Doherty), but the third.

Same could happen at Florida, where whoever follows Urban Meyer would be No. 3 after Steve Spurrier.

But Stoops hasn’t succumbed to the temptation in the past, and there are more reasons than ever for him to stay.

Starting with this train-wreck season. Stoops at the core is a competitive rascal. He seems a lot more likely to leave on top than in potentially his worst year.

OU’s future is bright, despite the doomsday outlook that a season like this fosters. Next season Stoops will have another doberman defense, plus a veteran quarterback. There are worse combinations.

Stoops is building a huge house on a spread in northwest Norman. I know the rich are not like us, but still, they don’t go building $4 million houses (I’m guessing at the price) in this market if they’re getting itchy feet.

Stoops’ children range in age from 10 to 13. That’s an easier move than if they were 14 to 17, but still not easy.

His family likes it here. It’s the only place his kids have ever known. Stoops, despite being the state’s most recognizable face, is largely left alone.

Norman is a good place to live, and OU is a good place to work.

Some day, Stoops will decide to try something else. That something else will not include the Golden Dome of Notre Dame.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.


by Berry Tramel
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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...
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