Bob Stoops has been the head coach of the Oklahoma football program since 1999. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as Florida's defensive coordinator. It was Stoops' great success leading the Gators' defense that propelled him into a head coach candidate and got him hired in Norman, Okla.
One Orlando Sentinel columnist is calling for the 54-year-old coach to come back to the place that helped launch his career.
In his most recent column, Mike Bianchi says Stoops "would be crazy not to" take the Florida job, which will open after the regular season when Will Muschamp steps down.
— Mike Bianchi (@BianchiWrites)
— Mike Bianchi (@BianchiWrites) November 20, 2014
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From the column:
You've done all you can do at Oklahoma. Now it's time to come save the program that gave you one of your biggest breaks in coaching.
It's time for Stoopsy to move on.
Time for him to leave Oklahoma and come back to a place that his been dreaming of his return ever since Spurrier left all those years ago.
According to Bovada, Stoops is one of the favorites to be hired by the Gators. His odds of getting the job are at 11/2, behind Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy (4/1) and Colorado State's Jim McElwain (9/2).
Would Stoops take the job if offered? He's been at Oklahoma for nearly a decade and a half (the only Power 5 coach who's been at his school longer than Stoops is Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer).
He's won a national title, eight conference championships and consistently had the Sooners ranked in the top 10 in the country. He's got a great gig and could likely stay in Norman for another decade and a half if he wants to. He probably will.
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Perhaps he wants a change in scenery, though. Perhaps he wants to wants to coach in a conference he's often called overrated. Maybe he doesn't. We'll find out in a couple months.