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Report: Stoops at very top of Irish's wish list

Bob Stoops has — vehemently — denied any interest in the Notre Dame job when it comes open at the end of the regular season.

That hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning out item after item connecting Stoops to Notre Dame, though.  Take today, for example.

According to a report in Friday morning’s South Bend Tribune, the Oklahoma head coach is “at the very top” of athletic director Jack Swarbrick‘s list of replacements for Charlie Weis when he’s canned.

When Stoops’ name first came up in the latest round of Irish speculation, he labeled the reports “ridiculous”.

While there may be no fire at all when it comes to these rumors, there is enough smoke coming from “reputable” sources that it should give pause to the whole of Sooner Nation.  Especially if they’re in the seemingly shrinking portion who wants Stoops in Norman for the long haul.

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  1. gator_prof says: Nov 27, 2009 9:55 AM

    I don’t see Stoops wanting this job for the same reasons Meyer turned it down.
    I also don’t see why ND would want “big game” Bob, who really hasn’t won a big game in a long time.

  2. borninhuntsv says: Nov 27, 2009 10:10 AM

    Countdown to another robertg rambling post in 5…4…3…2…1

    On the serious side, if Stoops was interested, he’d be an idiot to admit it during the regular season. He would add fuel to the fire and upset his team’s dynamic. It would be foolish.

    He would be better off just being quiet about it and going on about his buisness until after the season.

  3. techvet says: Nov 27, 2009 11:53 AM

    Davie, Weis, and Faust had no college football head coaching experience and the alums have pointed that out as an issue, though Willingham showed that experience is no good indicator, either.

  4. 44office says: Nov 27, 2009 12:02 PM

    The AD at Notre Dame would be better off to keep Charlie Weis then to hire Bob Stoops. What has Mr. Stoops done in the last 5 years at OU. Has not one a big game, and I really do not seem him fitting into Academic System he has to deal with at Notre Dame. Bad idea.

  5. edgy says: Nov 27, 2009 12:56 PM

    44office – what has Stoops done in the last 5 years? Le me see – 48 wins 17 losses that’s with 2 rebuilding years (2005 and 2009). He rebounded from his last rebuilding season to go 34-8 with a trip to the national championship game. He’s gone to 5 bowls in those 5 years and 3 of those were BCS bowls. He’s probably the second most attractive coach for the Irish administration and he EARNED that distinction.
    Frankly, I believe that he would be crazy to leave OU for ND because he’s not that far away from contending in the Big 12 and this year might actually be attractive as some recruits might see this as a chance to start early in their careers with a contender. He screwed himself last year by keeping his starters in when he should have been giving his backups some time and he paid the price this year when they didn’t have the game experience.

  6. getreal says: Nov 27, 2009 1:01 PM

    44office – “”What has Mr. Stoops done in the last 5 years at OU. Has not one a big game….””
    Are you serious?
    You don’t call winning several conf championships and a national championship…as well as winning several importan HUGE games against the cross state rivals the Longhorns, you don’t call any of those big games???
    Yes, he has lost a few big games that was on the national media stage, and yes it is hard to keep getting on the Sooner Band Wagon when they get to the championship and see it slip away like they have….BUT, lets not forget over the past 7 years Stoops’ resume stacks up to any other. He has shown he can do it and that he can do it year in and year out. More national champs would be nice, but that can’t overshadow the rest. The Bills lost 4 straight superbowls, yet they are still considered one of the greatest teams of that era. Stoops put OU back on the map, and he could/prob would do the same at ND.
    That being said, I hope he stays at OU and this article….although lacks real merit and substantial facts, does give me a stressed moments pause.

  7. gator_prof says: Nov 27, 2009 1:48 PM

    He is riding a 0-3 bowl game streak. Yes, they are BCS games, BUT the Sooners are not supposed to loose to the likes of Boise State and West Viggy. They were waxed by the gators last year and like the previous, it wasn’t much of a game.
    O.K., lets go back farther… Since winning the title, Stoops has a 3-5 record in bowls. His 3 wins were in non BCS games. He is 0-5 in BCS bowls.
    I am sorry, but “elite”coaches at “elite”programs do not go 0-5 in BCS games since 2000 and continued to be called “elite” unless it is used in the past tense.

  8. CYGNUS X-1 says: Nov 27, 2009 2:54 PM

    if stoops doesn’t want the dame job and is tired of people bitching ik. how about he place a call to the a.d. at iu and tell him he would come there is they wise up and get rid of the loser they have.I guarantee you he would get no complaints if he won 6-7 games a year there!

  9. Observer1 says: Nov 27, 2009 7:52 PM

    Wow, Stoops is a failure yet he has been in 7 bcs bowl games. He is tied with Ohio State and USC and most bcs bowl game appearances. 2-5 in these games.
    Wins:
    OU #1 over #2 FSU,
    OU #7 over #6 Wash St.
    Losses:
    #1 USC over #2 OU
    #2 LSU over #1 OU
    #8 Boise St. over #10 OU
    #9 West Virginia over #4 OU
    #2 Florida over #1 OU
    I would say one bad loss out of 7.
    In the end, he won’t end up at ND because they won’t change their admission standards just to win football games. This is the same reason Meyer is out of the picture. ND just can’t get the athletes into school that it takes to win or even compete for a BCS championship year in and year out.

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