A report emerged Monday night that Bob Stoops was close to becoming Florida State’s head coach.
While this fit in line with FSU AD David Coburn’s comments earlier in the day that the Seminoles would like to have their next coach in place by the end of the season — seemingly ruling out any coach actively working today, and ruling in someone like Stoops, who can theoretically take any job at any time — taking the Florida State job seemed wildly out of step with Stoops’s other actions post-retirement.
Stoops is working now, as the head coach and general manager of the XFL’s Dallas Renegades. While that is indeed a job, Stoops said on multiple occasions he took the job because it’s not a full-time gig and it’s not far from the family home in Norman.
Turning around Seminole football is very much a full-time job, and Tallahassee isn’t close to Norman.
On Tuesday, Carey Murdock of SoonerScoop tweeted that Stoops is not interviewing for the Florida State job.
Spoke w/ Bob Stoops this morning. He tells me the rumors/reports of him being a candidate for the Florida State job opening are not accurate. Says he was at the new Hard Rock Casino all day yesterday and at a Dan Marino Foundation party last night. Not interviewing for FSU job. https://t.co/Uwf7a4TCwQ
— Carey Murdock (@CareyAMurdock) November 5, 2019
Murdock’s report was quickly confirmed by other Stoops-adjacent media members.
Coburn also went on record with the Tallahassee Democrat, saying, while Stoops is on their list, he’s not being hired this week.
“Rumors we are close to an agreement with Bob Stoops are untrue,” Coburn told the paper. “We are on schedule to have someone in this position by end of the month… Chances of something happening this week are virtually zero.”
We’re in Day 2 of the FSU search and already Lane Kiffin and Bob Stoops have been linked. Stay tuned to The Scoop for this one or, better yet, check out Nuclear Winter for some real fiction about where the Seminoles might turn.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 5, 2019