Stoops comments on Long's situation

Stoops confirms Long's interesting in coaching vacancy, says team not missing a beat in workouts.

Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops addressed the coaching situation concerning Chuck Long after practice this afternoon.

"It is obvious that Chuck is on his second interview and he has gone down there to meet with San Diego State again," said Stoops. "Contrary to the reports that are out there nothing is final. I am sure there are issues on both sides that need to be addressed, and that is what they are doing. Like always here, if that is what is best for Coach Long and his family then we are all for him. He has done a great job here so we are excited for him if it works out that way. If that is what he wants and if that is what San Diego State wants then good for him. Other than that, I don't have anything else to say until something is complete and final. We will see where it goes between tonight and tomorrow."

How did practice go today with Coach Long in San Diego?

"The offense worked liked it always does," said Stoops. "We have four other coaches who coach every day here for a long time. We have always said that here that there is not any one guy that sets the program, and that the sum of all our parts are greater than one guy. So, we operated like we always do."

If Coach Long takes the job with San Diego State, would he still the Offensive Coordinator in the bowl game?

"I will address those issues if there is something different," said Stoops. "At this point, Coach Long is still our offensive coordinator. And until that is different or when it is different I will address it."

If Long takes the job with San Diego State, he will follow in the footsteps of Mike Leach, Mark Mangino and Mike Stoops who have earned head coaching jobs from assistant positions at Oklahoma. With that being the case, you know that it is not going to be a major problem for Coach Stoops to hire another coach and move on.

"I don't believe it is going to be problem if that happens," said Stoops. "We have eight other coaches and myself who work here every day who know our players and understand our system. Our players understand it on both sides of the ball, so you work through it. To me, I don't ever believe that it is a major issue.

As I have reported, Coach Long is in San Diego but still has to dot the I's and cross the T's on his new deal. However, according to sources in San Diego, the Athletic Department at San Diego State has requested that the players report at noon tomorrow for a team meeting. It is expected then that Coach Long will be announced as the next head coach at San Diego State at that time. However, the final details concerning Coach Long and the job at San Diego State still have to be worked out."

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