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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

OU's talent isn't where it once was, but it's not where we thought it was. The Sooners stared down Alabama and have a bunch of ballplayers returning.

Stoops has a quarterback, he's got an energized fan base, he's got enough ammunition to say “told you so” all the way to September. He's happy as a bird.

Stoops keeps his options open. Down in New Orleans last Friday, he said, “you never know” concerning the Browns. He also told the Casillas & Company radio show “It's my full intention to be the coach at Oklahoma next year.”

I believe him on both counts. I believe he does plan on staying in Norman, and I also believe that you indeed never do know for sure.

OU officials are confident that Stoops is not entertaining NFL offers. The pro rumors could be nothing more than his agent angling for a raise from OU. That's standard practice in a profession that has become quite sordid on the money side.

Stoops is not at a stage of his life where leaving would be ideal. A daughter in high school. Twin sons soon to enter high school.

The NFL interests most football coaches, Stoops included. Also scares most football coaches, too, because of its volatility.

I think it's possible that Stoops answers the siren song some day. Might even be when the Sooners are riding high; I think it would be important to him to leave OU in a good way.

But any franchise that wants to whisk away Stoops from Norman better have solid ownership and proven leadership. A good quarterback and decent weather wouldn't hurt, either.

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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