Chris Mortensen Reports Bob Stoops In Cowboys' Plans

Robert DentonCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2009

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners looks up to the scoreboard with less than a minute to go in the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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In an interview with Colin Cowherd on The Herd radio program, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops would be "in his [Jerry Jones] discussions" as the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Responding to questions regarding why Mike Shanahan would rather take over as the next head coach of the Washington Redskins when he could potentially have the Cowboys' job, Mortensen rhetorically asked, "who did Jerry have the most success with...who did he win Super Bowls with?"; referring to college coaches Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer.

He then went on to say that, "I believe that Jerry will have an interesting surprise."  When questioned further by Cowherd, he also reported that due to debts incurred by the constuction of Cowboys Stadium, Jones "does not want to write big checks right now," thereby stemming the tide of any discussion of former Pittsburg Steelers head coach and current CBS NFL analyst, Bill Cowher.

As the Cowboys prepare for a critical game with the undefeated New Orleans Saints, Jerry Jones has refused to comment further on Phillips' job security; however, Mortensen agreed with Cowherd on the fact that Wade Phillips will not be the head coach of the Cowboys next season.

Mortensen was careful to say that, "this is not fact, "I'm throwing stuff against the wall...with a little bit of knowledge"; further suggesting that there is much more to this story to be uncovered.

Now in his 11th year, Stoops has a 116-29 record at the University of Oklahoma, six Big 12 championships, and one BCS title.  The Sooners have been ranked in the top 10 nine times in the past 11 seasons.  They have struggled recently, however with five straight losses in BCS Bowls and a 7-5 record in 2009.