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Report: Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops not a target for Cleveland Browns

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Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, fresh off a Sugar Bowl upset of Nick Saban and Alabama, will not receive an interview to become the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns. According to a report by the Associated Press, the Browns will look to include Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn in their ongoing search for a new football coach.

There had been some confusion about the status of Stoops and the Browns, but reports suggesting Stoops was the leading contender were put to rest in recent days. On the surface, the move made some sense with Stoops having been at Oklahoma for a long time now and being an Ohio native, and Stoops did little to put the rumors to rest on his end following the Sugar Bowl, saying “you never know” when asked about his chances of becoming the next Browns coach.

For now, it seems as though Stoops will stay at Oklahoma and lead the Sooners against his new coaching rival, Charlie Strong at Texas.

Franklin has been tied to a number of recent coaching search rumors. In addition to the Browns, the Washington Redskins and Penn State have been mentioned. With an opening at Louisville now, it would not be a shock if Franklin’s name is tied to that vacancy, although it would be unlikely Franklin would leave Vanderbilt for the Louisville job. Malzahn is finishing up his first year as head coach at Auburn and is a win away from a BCS championship. It is not all that likely Malzahn will be one-and-done, win or lose against Florida State Monday night. It would not be unexpected of Browns GM Joe Banner to go an unconventional route, but it may be more likely for the Browns to hire a coach with more NFL experience.

As Stoops previously said though, you never know.

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8 Responses to “Report: Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops not a target for Cleveland Browns”
  1. villain612 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:38 PM

    If Bob Stoops ever decided to leave Oklahoma (which he shouldn’t), he’d have much better options of places to go than the dysfunctional hell that is the Cleveland Browns.

  2. ukeone says: Jan 6, 2014 3:08 PM


  3. halbert53 says: Jan 6, 2014 3:12 PM

    Franklin leaving Vandy for Louisville actually makes a lot of sense. He had done great at Vandy but he is topped out. UF, GA, SC and UT have more resources and history and then you have MO. Long term it will be tough to finish higher than. 6 of 7 in SEC East so over the long haul his stick will go down if he remains.

    At Louisville , he would take over a solid program and can continue to use his recruiting ties. Louisville moving to ACC Coastal means the team to beat is Duke. There are some other decent teams in Coastal but it’s not like being buried near the bottom of the SEC East.

    Doing a good job there would give him better job options at top tier programs in conferences down the road. It will be far easier to win at Louisville than at Vandy long term.

  4. thetooloftools says: Jan 6, 2014 3:13 PM

    Why in the world would this man come here to Cleveland. Our owner acts like this is a premium coaching gig when in fact this is college talent trying to compete in the NFL. The only reason Cleveland would claim not to interview him is because he made it perfectly clear he already is not interested.
    We are the factory of sadness.

  5. wabbitslayer says: Jan 6, 2014 3:57 PM

    I just want to take this opportunity to announce that I have no plans to interview for the Browns HC position. You other folks may wish to announce any similar intentions you have below.

  6. willjasper says: Jan 6, 2014 5:10 PM

    Seems odd to interview/hire someone to be head coach who has never been in the league as a player or coach.

    Browns fans dodged a bullet.

  7. manik56 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:30 PM

    I don’t know how you could leave a place you have been at for about 15 years when the Browns have shown they give their guy one season to win. It is a terrible gamble for anyone, especially Stoops. There is talent on the roster but still no QB. You cannot win in the NFL without one.

    As a Browns fan, I would love to have him.

  8. rsoandb says: Jan 7, 2014 11:36 AM

    willjasper says:
    Jan 6, 2014 5:10 PM
    Seems odd to interview/hire someone to be head coach who has never been in the league as a player or coach.

    Browns fans dodged a bullet.
    Chip Kelly didn’t do too bad.

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