Stoops to Florida??

NORMAN, Okla. — With word coming out that Florida head coach Urban Meyer has resigned, there is going to be some discussion about OU head coach Bob Stoops being a viable option to replace him.

But rest assured, that's not going to happen.

Here's why:

1. The foundation he's set—Not only has Stoops guided the Sooners to seven Big 12 Championships, but there is ample reason to believe the next couple years could bring more of the same. This year's team not only won the conference championship but featured a crop of youth that gained a wealth of experience. With that said, the Sooners will be the frontrunner to win the conference for the next couple of years, and they will be a serious contender on the national stage as they have been for awhile now as well. Florida's been dominant lately also, but with the foundation more grounded for the near future at OU, that lessens the likelihood of him leaving. One recent shakeup in the foundation was the loss of offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who accepted the head coaching position at Indiana. But that will not be a major deal, as Stoops will fill the job appropriately, and there shouldn't be any worries.


2. History—Just look at last year. Stoops was rumored to be a major candidate for the Notre Dame job, and that didn't transpire. He would have made sense in that region with his Ohio background and familiarity in the Upper Midwest, but he stayed at OU. It's not to say his history as a coordinator at Florida under former head coach Steve Spurrier wouldn't make sense as a reason to go there, but the history of some past jobs he's turned down is evidence to suggest he won't leave. An opening for the Denver Broncos would have made some since with the OU connections there, but he didn't exit Norman for that one either. All signs point to Stoops being very happy at OU in the past and present.

So, ignore the rumors and speculation: Stoops is not headed to Florida.

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