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Here is who will replace Urban Meyer on FOX’s ‘Big Noon Kickoff’

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FOX Sports has figured out who will replace Urban Meyer on its “Big Noon Kickoff” college football pregame shows.

The network announced Monday that former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will replace Meyer, who left to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Stoops will take Meyer’s seat, while the rest of the panel will remain the same.

In a somewhat strange twist, this means three of the four panelists will have been involved in the 2005 BCS National Championship. Leinart and Bush were part of the USC team that defeated Stoops’ Sooners that year.

Stoops only retired from Oklahoma in 2017, so his college football perspective should be quite fresh. He’s never done TV work before, but he’s shown in the past that he probably has the wit for it.

“Big Noon Kickoff” has won praise in recent seasons for being an interesting and viable competitor to ESPN’s “College GameDay,” with a panel that can be both entertaining and informative. FOX will hope that Stoops can keep that dynamic intact.

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Bob Stoops issues great statement after helping Lincoln Riley at practice

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Bob Stoops issued a great statement on Tuesday after being asked by current Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley to provide an assist to the beaten-up Sooners program.

Stoops helped out at Oklahoma’s practice on Tuesday because the Sooners do not have a full coaching staff available due to COVID-19 issues. He is eligible to help as a coach due to his current role as a special assistant to the school’s athletic director.

In his statement, Stoops made it clear that he is not trying to step on Riley’s toes.

“When Lincoln (Riley) asked me if I’d be willing to help in a coaching role while he was a little short-handed, I didn’t hesitate to say yes,” Stoops said in a statement. “Certainly I’m happy to do anything I can to assist the team for however long I’m asked to. But obviously with me being away from the day-to-day activities of the program for a while now, my input will be minimal. If I can add some enthusiasm or positive energy for these players — and I do know most of them — that’s a good thing.

“But let’s not get carried away. The people that will influence this game and the rest of our games this season will be Coach Riley, his staff and the players. I’m just going to do my best to help out however I can while keeping a low profile.”

Stoops did not help with a single specific position group but rather helped the program as a whole. The 60-year-old coached Oklahoma from 1999-2016. He won one national championship and 10 Big 12 titles. Bob’s son, Drake, plays wide receiver for the school.

Oklahoma is 6-2 this season. Their game last week against West Virginia was postponed due to COVID-19 issues.

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Video: Bob Stoops gives great first XFL sideline interview

Bob Stoops is easily one of the biggest names associated with the reboot of the XFL, and the former Oklahoma Sooners coach did not disappoint with his first sideline interview on Sunday.

Stoops, who is the head coach and general manager of the Dallas Renegades, chatted with ESPN’s Pat McAfee about the Renegades’ quarterback situation in their season opener. Starting quarterback Landry Jones was sidelined with an injury, which meant former Minnesota QB Philip Nelson got the nod. Nelson happens to be a clothing model in addition to a football player, so of course McAfee asked about that. Stoops was ready for it.

“He’s not only an Instagram model, he’s an underwear model,” Stoops said of Nelson. “This will only enhance his followers.”

Nelson has done a number of modeling shoots, and we’re sure he hears all about them from his teammates in the locker room.

There was some decent play in the first weekend of XFL action, but many of the real highlights came from the sidelines. We’re not sure if that is a good sign or a bad sign for the league going forward, but we certainly enjoyed it.

Report: Talks between Bob Stoops, USC broke down over money

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USC athletic director Mike Bohn claimed he did not speak with any other head coaching candidates before deciding to stick with Clay Helton, but a report claims the school got to the point of contract negotiations with at least one high-profile candidate.

According to Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News, USC entered contract talks with former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, but the deal eventually fell through due to a dispute over how much money Stoops’ coaching staff would be paid. Wolf believes the fact that USC waited until Wednesday to formally commit to Helton proves they were trying to hire someone else, and that person was apparently Stoops.

Stoops stepped aside at Oklahoma to make way for Lincoln Riley after the 2016 season. His name has been mentioned for many potential coaching jobs since, but he is currently serving as the GM and head coach of the XFL’s Dallas Renegades. After his name was mentioned in connection with the Florida State job, Stoops made some interesting remarks about potentially returning to college football.

Many USC fans are furious that the school decided to retain Helton rather than going after a bigger name, and the report about Stoops is not going to ease their frustrations. For what it’s worth, USC could still pursue Urban Meyer depending on what happens next season with Helton. In fact, there’s reason to believe the Trojans could have a better chance of landing Meyer if they wait until after next season.

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Could Bob Stoops be a candidate for USC head coach job?

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The USC Trojans’ coaching situation is in flux, and now another big name has been mentioned as a possibility.

On Sunday, Adam Maya, a USC-specific reporter for SI, said that Clay Helton would be fired and that USC would target Urban Meyer for the job. The report was disputed by several national reporters, and as of a day later, Helton still had not been fired.

If USC decides to fire Helton and go swinging for a big-name coach, one possibility could be Bob Stoops, according to a report.

The LA Daily News’ Scott Wolf says Stoops’ name is one that is being mentioned among coaches as a possibility for USC.

Stoops stepped aside at Oklahoma to make way for Lincoln Riley after the 2016 season. His name has been mentioned for many potential coaching jobs since, but he is currently serving as the GM and head coach of the XFL’s Dallas Renegades. After his name was mentioned in connection with the Florida State job, Stoops did not rule out an eventual return to college.

If he ever wanted to return, USC would be a great spot. They have a winning tradition, great location for in-state recruits, and the ability to win a national championship.

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Bob Stoops does not rule out return to college football

Bob Stoops has been heavily linked to the Florida State head coaching vacancy since Willie Taggart was fired earlier this month, and the latest remarks he made about potentially returning to the college ranks are only going to fuel those rumors.

Stoops, who stepped down as the head coach at Oklahoma in 2017, was asked during a radio interview on ESPN Central Texas this week about potentially returning to college football. He didn’t rule it out.

“Well you never know what the Lord is going to bring you,” Stoops said, as transcribed by Brendan Sonnone of 247Sports. “Everybody wants you to define your life at every age. At 50, they wanted me to know what I was going to do the rest of my life. And at 55, and now at 59 … who knows what I’ll be doing next year or the year after. You don’t know what you’re going to be doing next year. And the good Lord is the only one who knows.

“We’ll see where things end up for me.”

Stoops is currently under contract with the XFL as the coach and general manager of the Dallas Renegades. He has already denied that he is a candidate for the Florida State job, but people are not going to be convinced until the Seminoles hire someone else. If Stoops did decide to return to take another college head coaching job, he would be one of the highest-paid coaches in the game and could likely get out of his XFL deal without much trouble.

You can understand why Florida State would make Stoops its No. 1 target. He had a record of 190-48 in 18 seasons at Oklahoma and won a national championship in 2000. Stoops has been the subject of both NFL and college coaching rumors over the past several years, and the comments he made about that this week are a lot different from what he said two years ago.

Report: Bob Stoops not a candidate for Florida State job

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A number of reports have indicated that Florida State is closing in on an agreement that would make Bob Stoops its next head football coach, but Seminoles fans may want to wait before they get too excited about the possibility.

Alison Posey of WTXL ABC 27 in Tallahassee reported on Monday night that Florida State is “really close” to a deal with Stoops and could announce the hire as early as the end of this week. However, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic has been given different information, with two sources close to Stoops telling him they are “skeptical” Stoops would take the FSU job.

A short while later, Feldman more confidently reported that Stoops is not a candidate for the Florida State job, though his brother Mark Stoops could be.

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit also spoke with Stoops, and Stoops told him he has not spoken to anyone at Florida State and is “not a candidate.”

Stoops announced earlier this year that he has accepted a job as general manager and head coach of the XFL’s Dallas franchise, though he could probably back out of that fairly easily if he decided to accept a high-profile college coaching position. Florida State would almost certainly be able to pay him significantly more than he will make in the XFL.

Stoops, who is now 59, enjoyed great success at Oklahoma before he stepped down following the 2016 season. He finished with a record of 190-48 in 18 seasons at Oklahoma and won a national championship in 2000. There was a time when he was the highest-paid coach in college football, and he has been the subject of both NFL and college coaching rumors over the past several years. Stoops said back in 2017 that he had no plans to return to the sideline.

Florida State fired Willie Taggart over the weekend after he spent less than two seasons with the team. We have already heard some big names linked to the job, and you can understand why FSU boosters would want Stoops. However, it does not sound like the interest is mutual.

Report: Auburn booster has eye on Bob Stoops as potential Gus Malzahn replacement

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Gus Malzahn seems to be on the hot seat every other week, and the most prominent Auburn Tigers booster apparently has his eye on a potential replacement.

Sports By Brooks reported on Tuesday night that if Malzahn fails to beat Alabama this season, Auburn booster Jimmy Rane would target Bob Stoops as the replacement.

Oklahoma reporter Jason Kersey of The Athletic says he does not believe Stoops would have any interest in a return to the college game.

Stoops surprisingly retired in June 2017, and the Oklahoma Sooners’ program was turned over to Lincoln Riley, who has posted excellent results. Earlier this year Stoops was announced as the GM and head coach of Dallas’ XFL franchise. We can’t imagine he went the last few years without other college offers, so maybe what Kersey says about Stoops wanting to avoid college is true. Or maybe someone would have to make it worth his while.

But why would anyone like Stoops want to take the Auburn job? That is probably the hardest job in college football. You have to compete with Nick Saban for in-state recruits, face Saban every year — with your job depending on that game — and the program’s expectations are extremely high. Why would Stoops willingly step into that situation?

Malzahn received a 7-year extension from Auburn in late 2017 after leading the team to a surprising win over Alabama. He has a hefty buyout that calls for him to be paid 75 percent of what he is owed if he is fired without cause. He’s a good coach who Auburn only feels lukewarm about.

Bob Stoops hired as GM, head coach of XFL’s Dallas franchise

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Speculation arose at the end of January that former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops may be looking to get back into the realm of football, and late on Wednesday night those rumors proved to be true.

Stoops announced, via KWTV in Oklahoma City, that he has been hired to take over as the acting general manager and head coach of the XFL’s Dallas franchise.

“It’ll be challenging for sure. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t do it,” Stoops told KWTV. “And if it’s not fun I won’t do it. But I respect the guys running things. But this is ‘real football.’ If it was something goofy or have those old goofy names, I wouldn’t be associated with it.”

The XFL, which will return with a 10-week season beginning in February 2020, is Vince McMahon’s second attempt to create a football league to run during the NFL’s offseason. The first go-around, which came in 2001, was marred by bizarre rules, gimmicks and dwindling fanfare.

Stoops, 58, went 190-48 in 18 seasons as Oklahoma coach, with one national title victory and 10 Big 12 titles. He has not coached since 2017 and previously said he wasn’t interested in returning to the sidelines.

Report: Bob Stoops may look to return to coaching in XFL

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Former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops may be looking to get back into coaching after all.

According to NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright, there is chatter in football circles that Stoops wants to return to coaching, and may do so in the XFL.

Stoops went 190-48 as Oklahoma coach, with one national title victory. He had said in 2017 that he wasn’t interested in a return to the sidelines, but he may have changed his mind. Perhaps the fact that the new league appears poised to be a pretty well-funded and lucrative operation is nudging him in that direction.