A new report from InsideUSC says that the Trojans were in negotiations to hire former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops, but things broke down over staff salaries.
The report notes: “You can choose to believe Mike Bohn when he said he never spoke to other coaches, but even inside the McKay Center, the hot topic was former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Sources said USC spoke to Stoops but things broke down over how much money his coaching staff would be paid.”
Stoops is currently the head coach and general manager of the XFL franchise in Dallas following his retirement as the OU head coach back in 2017.
Stoops has remained in the rumor mill for every big-time job that has opened up since his retirement and that has continued this offseason.
However even my interview with Stoops earlier this fall, he seemed like a guy at peace with where he was in life. It would take the perfect situation to get him back into the coaching game.
Stoops coached at Oklahoma from 1999 to 2016, winning a National Championship in 2000, a 13-2 win over Florida State. Stoops won ten Big 12 Championship titles in his time in Norman, and was a six-time Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Stoops officially stepped down at OU in June of 2017, handing off the program to Lincoln Riley who has kept the program on track, winning two-straight Big 12 titles with a pair of appearances in the College Football Playoff.
The Sooners are shooting for a fifth-straight Big 12 Title this weekend when they take on the Baylor Bears at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
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