“Big Game Bob” made his triumphant return to the big stage on Thursday evening as Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops led his squad to a shocking upset of the third-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. It was unquestionably Stoops’ most notable big -time win in a long time, putting some of those jokes to rest for a little bit.
But as the jokes go to rest, the NFL speculation will now wake up tremendously.
It was reported last week that Stoops indeed did have some interest in trying his hand at the National Football League head coaching ranks after over a decade as the face of the Oklahoma program.
Well ironically, on Thursday night as the game was actually being played and Oklahoma hadn’t even finished their upset yet, ESPN Radio’s Tony Softil tweeted out that Stoops may already have the inside track on the Cleveland Brown opening after they fired Rob Chudzinski on Sunday after just one year on the job.
OU Head Coach and Ohio native Bob Stoops may have the inside track on the Cleveland Browns opening.
— Tony Softli (@SoftliSTL) January 3, 2014
Stoops is an Ohio native and has been rumored for previous job openings in Cleveland, which seem to happen about every season at this point. But with the talk that Stoops himself has interest in making the jump, speculation carries a little more weight this time around.