Will Stoops Be Able To Say No To Florida... Again?
As the shocking news that the University of Florida Coach Urban Meyer will step down after the Sugar Bowl hits the airwaves, people are wondering many things.
Is he going to live?
From the reports, it appears so.
Is the two-time National Champ Coach really going to step down?
Once again, from reports (ESPN), it would appear so.
Sooner fans know what comes next.
Florida's Athletic Director, and friend to Bob Stoops, Jeremy Foley will once again dial Oklahomas' phone number.
This is where Sooner fans don't know what comes next.
Some would like to think they know, but few really do.
And they don't talk much.
When former UF Coach Ron Zook was fired in 05, at the top of the list set Stoops.
Bob has very strong ties with the University dating back to when he was the Assistant Coach and Defensive Co-ordinator (96-98), helping the Gators to their first National Title.
So it came only natural that Gators would atleast, 'test the waters'.
At first it was taken as just that, but soon it seemed Stoops may be taking the offer serious.
Then OU fans realized he was.
"Florida isn't a better job", people would say."We're in line to make another run, so he can't leave now".
But nobody would ever say it with much conviction.
After some deliberation, it didn't take Stoops to long to turn the Gators down.
Seems Bob didn't mind the weather here after all.
Then Florida got another Title in 06, this time without Stoops.
'Big Game Bob' was one of the first to call Urban and congratulate him.
One wonders if there was any sting to that?
A little bit of 'it could have been me'?
Then the two Coaches faced off for the 09 Title.
Urban walked away with another Crystal Ball.
That one stung for sure, for obvious reasons.
If OU can score in the red-zone, it really could have been him this time.
So now, with Urban stepping aside, it is sure to start again.
"I will be in Norman next year", we all recall Bob easing the minds of the Sooner Nation after the Notre Dame smoke screen.
Does that still apply Coach?
That was a cut-and-dry statement, and Stoops has always kept his word.
But nothing like this has happened before.
It's likely that whatever is going to happen is going to happen soon.
Recruiting is a big issue, and kids need reassurance often in a situation like this, that goes equally for both schools.
Both programs are in contention to finish with the best recruiting class in the nation and losing a player here or there can be devastating.
Plus UF A.D. Jeremy Foley is known for moving quickly.
Will Coach Stoops feel his best chance at getting another National tiltle rests in Gainsville?
The 'savior' moniker didn't pull him to South Bend, so it shouldn't work for Florida.
Better settle in Oklahoma, the ride may not be long, but it's gonna be bumpy.
Let's hope Bob likes the snow over sunny beaches one more time.
Although I would like to add, that Florida isn't a better job, and OU is in line to make another run, so he can't leave now.
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