Before the BCS bowl season even began, Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops was rumored to have had some interest in testing his talents at the NFL level. After the Cleveland Browns fired Rob Chudzinski after just one year on the job, Stoops was immediately brought up as one of the leading candidates, and he was reported to have an interview coming up with the team.
Now, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, all of a sudden the Browns have changed their tune and they no longer have interest in talking to the long-time Oklahoma head man.
#Browns spent the week internally discussing & lauding Bob Stoops. Expected to interview him. Now they put out to locals they won’t. Strange
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 6, 2014
Stoops’ name really picked up a lot of steam after he and his team defeated Nick Saban and the third-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in last week’s Sugar Bowl, not just for the Browns, but possibly other openings as well, but Cleveland was the one franchise that reportedly had much vested interest in the coach.
Whether or not this means that the Browns are close to making a decision remains to be seen, but appears that ‘Big Game Bobby’ is out of the conversation.