An anonymous poster on an Irish Sports Daily message board is alleging that Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops signed a contract for the Notre Dame job today and gave specific details pertaining to the ongoing negotiations between Stoops and ND.
The source said that Stoops is mulling how to approach the OU athletic department with the news, and that that is what is delaying the announcement for the time being.
But pen has supposedly hit paper with the Notre Dame administration: "Bring on USC," Stoops reportedly said while signing.
The source cited a familial relation in the third-party agency that has acted as a go-between for Stoops and the Notre Dame athletic department.
He confirmed a rumor that the promise of guaranteed money was holding up negotiations, saying that money is no longer an issue. He also cited Stoops' desire to rebuild the program at Notre Dame like he had done for the Sooners following the losing seasons of John Blake.
He alluded to a press conference occurring as early as this Friday.
Multiple rumors had addressed a possible Stoops-to-ND arrangement, including from the likes of ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Cincinnati's Brian Kelly was ruled out of the coaching search because ND felt a defensive coach was more necessary after the Irish defense gave up an average of 26 points per game this year. The source claimed Kelly was never contacted.
More on this story as it develops.