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Rohde: Could BCS National Championship loss send Bob Stoops packing?

By John Rohde Modified: January 9, 2009 at 3:46 pm •  Published: January 9, 2009
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — With Thursday night's 24-14 loss to Florida in the BCS championship game, Bob Stoops is now 4-6 in postseason play as Oklahoma's football coach.

He is 105-18 in all remaining games and has claimed six Big 12 Championships.

Will Stoops' latest postseason heartache be his postmortem at OU?

Might this loss send Stoops packing?

Stoops previously said he had not been contacted by the Denver Broncos, who are owned by OU grad Pat Bowlen.

Now that the season is complete, it is anticipated the Broncos will seek permission to interview Stoops for their vacant coaching position.

On Jan. 1, Stoops fulfilled his 10-year stay clause requirement for a $3 million bonus, so he has a chance to take the money and run.

Following Thursday's game at Dolphin Stadium, Stoops didn't sound like a man who was going anywhere anytime soon.

Asked about his continuing postseason woes, Stoops said, "In the end, I'll be glad to try it again next year. If that's the biggest burden I have to bear in my life, I'll be a pretty lucky guy. We're going to do our best to be back at it, try it again next year. We'll keep going after 'em, if it's all the same to everybody else."

Stoops may have zero interest in the Broncos' job.

He may have some interest.

He may have great interest.

It's impossible to know until the process begins, which could start as early as today.

Stoops has qualified for the national title game an astounding four times in his 10 seasons as the Sooners' coach.

Some frustrated OU wackos might feel it's time for a coaching change, which is a ludicrous thought.

I'm not exactly sure what the shelf life is for winning a national title is, but eight years certainly ought to suffice, especially given what happened to the Sooners' program throughout the 1990s.

Stoops is now 1-3 in national title games, which is much better than 0-4, and a whole lot more impressive than 0-0.

Surprisingly, what prevented Stoops from upping his title game record to 2-2 was his team's inability to convert scoring opportunities inside the red zone (the opponent's 20-yard line) on Thursday night.

During the season, the Sooners scored 76 times in 80 trips inside the red zone, with 69 of those scores being touchdowns.

In the second quarter against the Gators, they were 1 for 3.

OU failed to convert on third and fourth down from the Florida 1-yard line and on its next possession threw an interception on first-and-goal from the 6 with 10 seconds remaining before intermission.

"You know, I tried to force one in there, but I probably should have thrown it in the back of the end zone and taken the three points (with a field goal)," said Sooners quarterback and 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford.

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