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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops could've been Notre Dame's coach, but he has stayed loyal to Sooners

Bob Stoops seems like a good fit for Notre Dame — grew up in a Catholic home, was coached by a Notre Dame graduate. But he has stayed at Oklahoma, and school officials have supplied him with an environment that keeps him content.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 26, 2012

They have supplied Stoops with an environment, and admittedly been proactive in his paycheck staying near the top in America, that makes him content.

“I like too much what I'm doing to look around or pursue something else, or if someone has pursued me, to follow through with it,” Stoops said.

“Whether I've taken 10 minutes to think about it, an hour, a day or two, I've always been forthright with my people on where I'm at.”

An OU regent told me a few years ago that Stoops never leverages interest on another job to better his situation in Norman. And Stoops says there's not much to ask for. New dorm, stadium renovations, practice and locker facilities. OU has stayed ahead of the curve on capital improvements.

“First for me comes giving me an opportunity to win,” Stoops said. “They have always been proactive in giving our program the opportunity to succeed at the highest level.

“If they were just paying me and not giving me an opportunity to be No. 1 in the country, then no, I would pursue something else.”

But OU has, and Stoops hasn't. In truth, he's been loyal to the school that hired him.

And so the man who grew up where, in the words of Mike Stoops, “Notre Dame runs deep,” still coaches on the Oklahoma plains, where Saturday night, we don't need a witness to know precisely how Bob Stoops stands on Notre Dame.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

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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