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Why Oklahoma Again Turned to Bob Stoops

Why Oklahoma Again Turned to Bob Stoops

By John E. Hoover


NORMAN — Bob Stoops doesn’t plan to interject in the Oklahoma coaching hire.

But if Joe Castiglione needs him again, Stoops will be there to lend a word of advice on any candidates — even if those candidates might be some of Stoops’ close friends.

“I got a lot of friends,” Stoops said Monday. “A lot of friends I’d never hire.”

Retirement has been good to Stoops, who stepped away from pregame shows and tequila temporarily and laughed and joked and gestured and actually got pretty serious when talking about the program into which he’s put more than 20 years.


For the entire story, please visit https://www.si.com/college/oklahoma/football/why-oklahoma-turned-once-again-to-bob-stoops.

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Ryan Chapman covers Oklahoma Athletics and the Oklahoma City Thunder for 107.7 The Franchise since 2019. In December of 2020, Chapman was named the Deputy Editor of Sports Illustrated Sooners, and he also is a contributor for Sports Illustrated Thunder. Chapman has previously worked for OCCC's Student Newspaper, The Pioneer, where Chapman covered the Oklahoma City Energy, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Oklahoma Athletics and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his time with The Pioneer, Chapman served as the Sports Editor as well as the Editor-in-Chief.

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