MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — One of Bob Stoops’ best friends will be on the opposing sideline Thursday night when Oklahoma plays Florida for college football’s national championship.
But never fear. Dan McCarney and Stoops have competed before. The Florida defensive line coach spent 12 years as the head coach at Iowa State, where four times his Cyclones played Stoops’ Sooners. Before every meeting — all won easily by OU — Stoops talked of how close he was to McCarney, an Iowa assistant coach during Stoops’ playing days as a Hawkeye. And Monday, during the BCS title game media day at Dolphin Stadium, McCarney said the same. "He’s an extremely close friend,” McCarney said. "Really proud of him.” Stoops was proud of McCarney, too, for the job done at Iowa State, where McCarney took the Cyclones to five bowl games in a six-year span, 2000-05. Then Iowa State went 2-10 in 2006 and McCarney was fired from the previously downtrodden program. McCarney spent 2007 as assistant head coach at South Florida, then was hired by Florida.