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If you’re determined to believe that an NFL or college football team is going to hire Bob Stoops to replace its current coach after this season, Stoops would like a word with you.
Monday, Stoops spoke to the Atlanta Touchdown Club and said he had no intentions of coming back to coaching.
“I will say, regardless of what you might hear out there in the papers, if I intended again to coach that would have been part of my statement,” said Stoops, who retired in June after 18 seasons at Oklahoma. “I would have said, ‘I’m stepping away here now for this time for myself, but when it comes to the next year or two, I look forward to getting back in it.’
“But that’s not what I said. You won’t see me on a college sideline or a pro sideline. A lot of people act like they know, and there will be more than a few jobs out there. But that isn’t at all what I’m looking to do.”
That’s pretty straightforward, isn’t it? The longtime Oklahoma coach retired in June and handed the keys to the program over to offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who has OU off to an undefeated start.
If Stoops changes his mind in a couple years and comes back to coaching, we’re not going to blame him or call him a hypocrite. People can get bored or decide they want to continue doing what they did. But Stoops clearly doesn’t seem like he’ll be changing his mind anytime soon.
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