Rewind to May 11 when Bob Stoops was still Oklahoma’s football coach, and the biggest news of the day was his and wife Carol’s reported purchase of a $2.25 million home on Chicago’s Gold Coast.
The Chicago Tribune’s four-paragraph report was unsettling to many Sooner fans, who wondered what that meant for Stoops’ future. It was also strange considering the home wasn’t far from one the coach already owned.
Stoops, who retired last week, explained the situation in a Tulsa radio interview Tuesday.
He said he isn’t planning a new career in The Windy City.
“That’s a simple deal. I got one that fits our style and what we want to do with our family better, and I’m gonna sell the other one. I’m not looking to coach in Chicago,” Stoops told Tulsa Sports Animal’s Dave Sittler.
• Ain’t no mountain high enough: Modern recruiting is heavily entrenched in social media, where coaches can engage recruits, or at least try to catch their eyes with witty posts.
It’s also a cyber battleground where coaches can slyly engage opposing coaches.
In April, when Putnam City four-star defensive end Ron Tatum III committed to Texas, Longhorns associate head coach and run-game coordinator Stan Drayton celebrated the Red River recruiting victory with some Marvin Gaye lyrics.
Drayton has only been at Texas a few months, hired January 3, but clearly understands the Sooner-Longhorn rivalry based on the barb he fired at OU.
“Ain’t no river wide enough,” Drayton tweeted.
OU defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux had reason to respond Monday, when Tatum flipped his commitment from Texas to OU.
“I guess that river was wide enough after all #Boomer!!!!!!,” Thibodeaux tweeted.
• Mystery men: After securing Tatum’s pledge, OU coach Lincoln Riley tweeted that he was eager to gain two more 2018 in-state commitments, but without naming names in accordance with NCAA rules.
Who are they?
Oklahoma continues actively recruiting Owasso safety Josh Proctor who committed to Ohio State on April 15. The Sooners are also after Midwest City defensive end Jalen Redmond, who remains uncommitted.
Proctor at 6-1, 190 pounds, is a four-star safety ranked 13th at his position nationally by Rivals.
Redmond is 6-3, 235 pounds and ranked 20th at his position. He was on OU’s campus for a visit Tuesday and also holds offers from Arizona State, Nebraska, TCU, Notre Dame and Georgia, among others.