One of the biggest jobs in college football is now open after USC fired head coach Clay Helton on Monday, two days after his team lost to Stanford.
Now with a blue blood looking for a new head coach, the question is who will be on their short list?
According to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops could be USC’s second choice to lead its program behind current Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell.
As for Stoops, Dodd goes on to report:
“The thought has always been that Stoops would only return — if he ever does — at a place already set up to win. That’s why the ex-Sooners coach was thought to covet a place like Notre Dame, USC or Florida if they ever came open. The longer Stoops doesn’t take his name out of the running, the more he is interested. Maybe the only reason Stoops isn’t first is because he’s out of coaching and currently working as a TV analyst.”
Stoops is 61 years old, hardly old in today’s professional climate. And with USC’s talent, he may think a quick fix is possible. Also, as you may recall, Stoops planned to get his coaching itch from the XFL, but that came to an end before it even started due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, with his son playing wide receiver at Oklahoma, would Stoops give that up to go back on the sidelines himself? Is he content being in Norman and working as a FOX Sports analyst on a seasonal basis?
These are the questions Stoops needs to be asking himself, because it sounds like if Luke Fickell turns down the job to stay at Cincinnati, the Trojans might be placing a call to the 405 area code.