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Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby had shot at hiring Bob Stoops to coach at Iowa

BY BERRY TRAMEL Published: December 31, 2009
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"He had spent nine years on the Iowa staff. I felt I owed it to him” to keep the job open before Ferentz’s interview.

"Oklahoma’s time frame was a little shorter than ours. If he (Stoops) wanted the Oklahoma job, he had to move on it.”

Stoops today says he preferred the Oklahoma job to Iowa anyway and was glad to jump when Sooner AD Joe Castiglione offered. But the superiority of the OU program was not so apparent 11 years ago.

Bowlsby raves about Stoops.

"He was a terrific player (at Iowa) and great contributor to the Iowa staff as a GA (graduate assistant),” Bowlsby said. "He obviously had moved up fast.

"He was held in high esteem at Iowa. I knew he would have had great success there. But we ended up with a good coach at Iowa. Oklahoma ended up with a good coach.”


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