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|Bob Stoops led Oklahoma to an 11-2 record in his 15th season as the school's head coach.|
Part of it likely has to do with circumstances. The Sooners are in a much better position than the Browns to contend for a championship next season, coming off an 11-2 campaign that ended with an upset win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, in which redshirt freshman Trevor Knight asserted himself as the teamâs quarterback for the foreseeable future. OU will be the favorite to win the Big 12 and well positioned to reach the four-team college football playoff in its inaugural season.
And with eight conference titles in 15 seasons, Stoops also has far greater job security at OU than all but a handful of coaches in the NFL.
"I truly believe in a lot of instances, I may have a better job than some NFL jobs," he said. "It's fair to say."
Stoops has also been connected to several high-profile college positions over the years. Should Will Muschamp flame out at Florida next season, Stoops will inevitably be linked to the school where he made his name as a defensive coordinator. But Stoops again indicated he is comfortably settled in at OU.
"Honestly, I never had dream jobs," he said. "I feel if you are going to have one, I have one right now. When I took the Oklahoma job, I knew it was not a stepping stone job. This was one of the dream jobs out there in the country and one of the great traditions in all of college football."
Stoops might just be that rarest of coaching commodities in this day and age: perfectly happy where he is right now.
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