Following the Oklahoma Sooners triumphant victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, the question about Bob Stoops and his NFL future was a hot topic before he could even get to the podium for his postgame press conference.
OU Head Coach and Ohio native Bob Stoops may have the inside track on the Cleveland Browns opening.
— Tony Softli (@SoftliSTL) January 3, 2014
Earlier this week Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network, said “Stoops also has expressed some interest in joining the NFL,” during coverage of the league’s head-coach firings.
Peter King chimed in on Stoops and the NFL in his latest for MMQB, “If he’s interested in an NFL head-coaching job, he’s got a lot of friends in the NFL—and his Oklahoma team’s seven-sack, 45-point bowl display against Alabama Thursday night won’t hurt.”
His connection to the Browns makes some sense considering he was born in Youngstown, Ohio and as Nate Ulrich points out, he has a Cleveland-based agent, Neil Cornrich.
Cleveland was linked to college head coaches last year when they were pursuing Chip Kelly, Bill O’Brien and Doug Marrone before hiring Rob Chudzinski who was fired after one season in Cleveland.
And they appear to be coveting more college coaches this year in Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
This could be the last opportunity for Stoops to head to the NFL before it’s too late much like Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz who Stoops was an assistant coach with in the mid-1980s.
If this was the final game for Stoops at Oklahoma he couldn’t have gone out with a better performance that Thursday night.