Norvell a candidate at Pitt?Bob Stoopsâ€™ decision on who to replace Kevin Wilson at offensive coordinator with might get easy. Stoops is believed to be deliberating whether to promote wide receivers coach Jay Norvell or quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel to offensive coordinator. But over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Norvell is now a candidate for the Pittsburgh head coaching job. Norvell worked with Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson when the two were at Nebraska, and Norvell reportedly is now on a short list of people Pederson wants to interview. The focus of Pittâ€™s search, however, remains fixed on Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, according to the Post-Gazette. The Panthers are replacing Dave Wannstedt, who resigned last week.
Fiesta Bowl reps visit NormanFour Fiesta Bowl representatives traveled to Norman for Sundayâ€™s Oklahoma womenâ€™s basketball game to congratulate Stoops and approximately 25 players during halftime. Jay Fields, vice president of the Fiesta Bowl, told the crowd it was 81 degrees Saturday in Phoenix, encouraging fans to purchase tickets for the Jan. 1 game against Connecticut. â€œThis is something we started about six or eight years ago,â€ Fields said. â€œGoing to visit schools during an event, we donâ€™t know other bowls that do it. We want to encourage people to come out to the Valley and also wanted to show appreciation to their football team and their administration.â€ The Fiesta group, which is also tied in with the Insight Bowl, was in Columbia, Mo., Saturday for a similar halftime presentation for the Tigers. Fiesta Bowl public relations director Andy Bagnato said repeated visits to Norman underscores the Sooners sustained success. â€œOne of the great things about Oklahoma is theyâ€™ve been to our game so many times they know the drill,â€ Bagnato said.
STOOPS RAKES IN INCENTIVESOUâ€™s last two wins have paid off handsomely for Stoops. By getting to the Big 12 Championship, Stoops earned $66,000, according to the performance bonus clause of his contract. By winning the Big 12 title, Stoops made an additional $22,000. He also netted $110,000 for getting the Sooners to a BCS bowl game. Stoops doesnâ€™t get anything for winning the Fiesta Bowl, however, he does get $82,500 if the Sooners finish in the Top 10 of the rankings. To achieve that, OU would need to beat Connecticut. If the Sooners lose, but still finish in the Top 20, Stoops would have to settle for $55,000. Either way, Stoops is set to earn either $253,000 or $280,500 total in postseason performance bonuses. By Jake Trotter and Mike Baldwin
Norvell a candidate at Pitt?