Looks like Tennessee and its media won't get the man they deemed a “conquering hero” with Bob Stoops this time around.
Despite peculation around Knoxville media, Oklahoma's football coach said Monday he will remain in Norman.
Stoops is in his 14th year as head coach of the Sooners.
Tennessee fired coach Derek Dooley on Nov. 18 after the program lost to Missouri 51-48 in quadruple overtime.
Dooley's tenure in Knoxville ended just shy of three seasons. He finished as Vols coach with a 15-21 overall record, including a 4-23 mark in the SEC.
The Oklahoman asked Stoops about the recent rumors swirling about him in Tennessee.
“Me? Oh, I didn't know that,” Stoops said. “I like the job I have. No, I love the job I have and the people I work for, so I'll try and keep it another year.”
BEDLAM VIA TWITTER
Soon after Saturday's dramatic and emotional Bedlam finish, players used social media to vent immediate thoughts.
But OSU's Josh Stewart had the most direct comment.
“I refuse to lose another game to OU while I'm at OSU, Believe that … Congrats to OU and all because I'm not a hater … Just know never again And Kenny Stills, OU's outspoken junior wideout, responded.
“…save all that for ur team motivational speech … Makes u look bad when ur wrong.”
Stills briefly cooled the tension minutes later, tweeting at Stewart 'good work last night tho.' But Stewart didn't like the initial (and direct) response.
“…bro don't tweet me, I gave you y'all's props just said it won't happen again … Just being real, so bounce back playa”
The Twitter conversation ended there, neither choosing to take it any further in a public forum.
What does it all mean? Likely nothing.
But it gives us another example of the budding rivalry between both state schools.
RULES “ARE WHAT THEY ARE” ON SHARED BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Stoops is OK with the Big 12 championship being shared between OU and Kansas State, which beat the Sooners in Norman on Sept. 22, he said Monday.
“It's whatever the conference rules are; that's what you go by,” Stoops said.
Kansas State and Oklahoma are each 7-1 in Big 12 play entering Saturday, the last day of the regular season; if the Wildcats and Sooners finish with the same conference record, they'll be declared “co-champions” and each receive a Big 12 championship trophy.
Last season, when there was still the possibility of a three-way tie for the Big 12 title, Stoops expressed his opposition to the whole idea of shared championships.
Oklahoma State's 44-10 Bedlam win last season, though, made it the outright Big 12 champion.
“I brought that up in our Big 12 meetings,” Stoops said when asked about his comments from a year ago.
“They haven't changed anything. You play the hand you have.”
OU'S FIRST DOWNS IN BEDLAM ONE SHORT OF NCAA RECORD
OU fell just short of the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision single-game record for first downs in Saturday's 51-48 overtime win over Oklahoma State.
The Sooners totaled 44 first downs, just one behind Texas Tech's record, which it set with 45 first downs (16 rushing, 28 passing and one penalty) in its 2003 win over Iowa State.
Oklahoma picked up 29 of its first downs Saturday passing, 11 rushing and four because of OSU penalties.