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Bob Stoops latest college coach connected to Browns job

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No, Sooner Nation, you will not be allowed to bask in the glow of the stunning upset of Alabama without a coaching cloud hanging overhead.

During Oklahoma’s 45-31 Sugar Bowl win over the Tide, St. Louis Rams sideline reporter and ESPN Radio personality Tony Softli tweeted that “Bob Stoops may have the inside track on the Cleveland Browns opening.”  Prior to becoming a member of the media, Softli served in NFL front offices with the Rams as well as the Carolina Panthers.

Standing alone, Softli’s tweet wouldn’t normally merit much attention.  However, it comes on the heels of a report from‘s Ian Rapoport earlier in the week which stated Stoops “has expressed some interest in joining the NFL” and that the OU coach should be added to “the list of college coaches that could be candidates for NFL coaching jobs.”

The 53-year-old Stoops, who was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, and maintains strong family ties to the area, has never coached in the NFL, spending all 31 years of his coaching career at the collegiate level.  During previous coach searches by the Cleveland Browns — and there have been myriad over the past decade and a half — Stoops has been mentioned as a possibility but the rumored interest never materialized into anything noteworthy.

Stoops’ agent, for what it’s worth, is Neil Cornrich, who is based in, of all places, Cleveland, Ohio.

In July of last year, OU announced it had reached an agreement on a new contract with Stoops that could technically keep him in Norman through the 2020 season.  Stoops earned just under $4.8 million in 2013, making him the fifth-highest paid college coach according to USA Today‘s database.  Any buyout language contained in Stoops’ contract would not be an issue for any NFL club looking to pry him away from the college game if he were so inclined.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Browns are “very interested” in Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin as their new head coach.  Late last year, the Browns interviewed Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Oregon’s Chip Kelly for their vacancy before settling on Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after just one year late last month.

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14 Responses to “Bob Stoops latest college coach connected to Browns job”
  1. bigjdve says: Jan 3, 2014 9:41 AM

    What happened to the job all but being Josh McDaniel’s?

    Do you mean that they might not have been as sold on Josh as the media thought? Wow – what a concept.

  2. El Pollo Loco says: Jan 3, 2014 9:50 AM

    The two worst jobs in the NFL are the Raiders and the Browns.Paul Brown himself would decline the job off he was alive today

  3. dman40 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:50 AM

    He has a tremendous situation with the Sooners. I just don’t see him leaving there for the Factory Of Sadness!

  4. dman40 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:52 AM

    But for the Browns to go after Stoops would be smart on there part! They have to get away from Patriots coaches. They don’t seem to have success as Head Coaches!

  5. meatcarroll says: Jan 3, 2014 9:54 AM

    Jerry Sandusky to Oklahoma, per sources with knowledge of the situation.

  6. meatcarroll says: Jan 3, 2014 9:54 AM

    Jerry Sandusky to Oklahoma, per sources with knowledge of the situation.

  7. wethog66 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:28 AM

    Or maybe the floating of McDaniel’s name, and now Stoops, is a way for either the Browns or a potential HC candidate to impact the process?

  8. wabbitslayer says: Jan 3, 2014 10:53 AM

    What should concern Sooners fans even more is the fact that the media keep hyping last night’s win as “stunning”. I didn’t realize that Oklahoma had become a FCS program…because that’s what the stories read like.

    BTW, Stoops isn’t going anywhere, if he was, he would have had his pick of jobs years ago.

  9. ancientcougar says: Jan 3, 2014 11:26 AM

    Great Coach, Great Program,
    I didn’t know that Bob was so young, having been @ Oklahoma so long. I think he wants to set a longevity record.

  10. klattubarada says: Jan 3, 2014 11:32 AM

    I could see him going because people at that level grave a challenge.
    Perhaps the college experience is becoming boring and routine for him?

    Really don’t see it happening though.

  11. 13datsyuk13 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:24 PM

    How long until you report “Stoops to interview for Texas job”?

  12. thefiesty1 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:00 PM

    Arrogant jerk. Good riddance. Who calls an onside kick with time running out when you’ve already won the game. Smart ass should go to the he’ll hole in Cleveland and never be heard from again.

  13. rsoandb says: Jan 3, 2014 3:47 PM

    Are you in therapy for that anger?

  14. redwing26 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:13 PM

    Feisty that was a squib kick. Can’t help it if #18 can’t dodge a ball! Again the browns job is the worst in the NFL! If Paul Brown was alive he’d tale his name off the team!

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