One last chance in 2011 to provide additional insight into whether Mike Stoops would again come on board at Oklahoma, and brother Bob didn't offer too much. But, again, he didn't say no.
“I don't have any timetable on anything whether I do or not,” Bob Stoops said Saturday morning.
Mike attended OU's 31-14 win Friday night in the Insight Bowl. He stood on the sideline, not too far away from the head coach. But he wasn't in OU team gear and didn't have a headset.
To be clear, would Bob want Mike back?
“In the right circumstances,” he said. “You never know. But he has a lot of good opportunities.”
Asked if the upcoming coaches' convention in San Antonio might be a time of movement, he sort of shrugged.
“There's still a lot of uncertainty with jobs out there,” Bob Stoops said. “There's a bunch of them still waiting to be filled or solidified.”
Mike Stoops, fired in October as Arizona's head coach, was a co-defensive coordinator at OU from 1999-2003.
PLAYER'S FATHER RIPS NORVELL ON TWITTER, PLAYER RESPONDS
The father of senior receiver Dejuan Miller wasn't thrilled his son didn't get more snaps in his final game with OU. He went on a multiple-tweet rant late Friday, ripping receivers coach Jay Norvell. He called Norvell “flaky” and criticized other players getting multiple chances.
Stoops said Saturday he was unaware of what was said.
Miller responded later in the day.
“I won't apologize for my fathers (sic) actions,” Miller tweeted. “He knows what he did was wrong and not good timing, but it is what it is. He spoke his opinion.”
He also thanked fans for their support.
“It's been (an) up-and-down ride,” he said, “but it's made me stronger.”
In unrelated news, Norvell is considered a finalist to replace Charlie Weis as Florida's offensive coordinator.
STILL WAITING ON CONFIRMATION OF TRANSFERS
Stoops again didn't want to name the transfers, because he didn't want that to immediately detract from the bowl win.
Receivers Justin McCay and Sheldon McClain, defensive tackles Torrea Peterson and Josh Aladenoye and defensive back James Haynes did not make the bowl trip.
There could be others, still, but Stoops said behaviors had perked up in recent weeks after the others were sent packing.
“We'll see,” he said. “It was only a couple of weeks.”
GOOD VIBES EXIST BETWEEN QUARTERBACKS
Even with backup Blake Bell accounting for 10 of the last 11 OU touchdowns, Stoops said there's still positive chemistry between Bell and starter Landry Jones. No cause for concern there, he said.
“Like I said all week, those three (including Drew Allen) are palling around — eating, going to meetings, walking down the hall together,” Stoops said. “Landry's in the shower (Friday), teasing Blake that he didn't even need a shower. Blake throws back at him, ‘Well, I only played nine plays … and I'm the MVP.'”
JONES TAKES HIT TO HELMET, STAYS IN GAME
Jones took a punishing first-half hit in the bowl game that caused him to chip a tooth. Bell then came in for his second score, but then Jones returned for the next series.
“I didn't feel he had a concussion because he was mad, he was looking at me, ‘Why are you taking me out?'” Stoops said. “I said I wanted to be sure, even if it was for a play. We had a good opportunity to run it, anyhow, so let's give it a break here. He was good about it after that.”
NO REASON TO HAMMER THE HAMMER
Stoops wanted to clarify that he's in no way upset with or disappointed in junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis for not being academically eligible for Bedlam or the bowl game. Stoops referred generally to family-related issues.
“Ronnell did an awesome job for us,” Stoops said. “He has had more to manage as a young guy. So I'm not at all displeased with Ronnell. … He has done about all he can. I don't know that he could have been here for five days, with all he has to deal with there.”
Lewis will make himself eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft. Stoops said he wasn't sure if Lewis would be a first-round selection.
“We'll see,” he said.
SPRING INJURY UPDATE
Stoops said he knows running back Dominique Whaley (ankle) and fullback Aaron Ripkowski (back) will miss the spring with their injuries.
He was not sure about receiver Jaz Reynolds (kidney).
In those players' places Friday, Stoops was particularly pleased with Brennan Clay at running back, Jaydan Bird at fullback and Kameel Jackson at receiver.
STOOPS DOES NOT RULE OUT TWITTER BAN
With some Sooners being more vociferous on Twitter than others, in various senses, Stoops said he had not decided whether he would regulate or ban the players' usage of social media websites such as Twitter.
For one, friend and mentor Steve Spurrier banned Twitter during the season for South Carolina's players in 2011.
“Oh, I don't care,” he said. “I haven't felt the need to do that yet, but, I don't know. Maybe I will.”