In no specific order USC, Texas, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma. That's it. Those are the big dogs in college football.
Note: Notre Dame is not on that list.
Disagree? Then please enlighten me.
In his 12th season at OU Stoops is 115-29 and 4-6 in bowl games. He has the third best regular season winning percentage from 2000-2008 (1. Boise State, 2. Texas). He has coached three Heisman trophy winners, and played in the most BCS National Championship games.
So why? Why look for a greener pasture?
The Adrian Petersons of the world don't go to South Bend, Indiana in November and commit on the spot. The three inches of snow, pale women, and high academic standards just don't compare to a packed Gaylord Memorial Stadium on a beautiful fall afternoon, where Stoops is only 60-2.
The Irish, who are ranked 77th since 2000, are likely losing Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate to the NFL this upcoming Spring and would be back in rebuilding mode after three weeks in D-1 relevance.
Stoops' tenure in Norman has been rocky as of late, however how could it be smooth after losing Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham? There's no doubt Stoops has thrown in the towel for 2009, but he's already licking his chops for 2010.
If Oklahoma can develop the talent at WR and offensive line, to match a loaded defense, and an offense returning Landry Jones, Ryan Broyles and touted RB Jermie Calhoun. Those players returning alone will garnish a top five ranking.
Even if all things were equal, which they are not, could you imagine Bob Stoops on another sideline, especially in some Navy and Gold Adidas visor? No way.
The artist formerly known as Big Game Bob, would change his handle to Bob Stoopid if he were to leave Norman for South Bend. The only green pasture in Bob Stoops' future is a contract extension from Oklahoma.