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New Details Emerge From Bob Stoops-Auburn Report

Bob Stoops shakes hands after an epic Bedlam win vs. Oklahoma State.

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners shakes hands after the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys November 24, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 51-48 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops strongly denied meeting with Auburn as a possible replacement for head coach Gus Malzahn.

Stoops, who's been retired for a couple of seasons, was linked to the potential Auburn opening on Monday evening. Football Scoop reported that people from Auburn had met with Stoops and an Alabama reporter confirmed that a meeting took place.

The former Oklahoma head coach then strongly denied this.

“I haven’t talked to anybody from Auburn. I haven’t met with anybody...nor am I set to talk to anybody. It’s just foolish speculation...that has no basis to it," Stoops told USA TODAY.

An Alabama reporter, Josh Moon, had new details on the Stoops-Auburn report later in the evening. "Let me clear this up: I don't play semantics. Coaches do. AU and Stoops - and that includes reps for both - have been talking for 2+ weeks. Doesn't mean a deal is done. But the leak of this info means there are bad problems between people who matter at AU and AU's head coach," he reports.

Of course, this all could just be untrue - coaching rumors surface every season - but Stoops wouldn't be the first coach to strongly deny something only for it to end up being true later.

Stay tuned.