After an evening of rumors and reports indicating Bob Stoops would be named the next head football coach at Florida State, the former Oklahoma coach is now telling various outlets this morning that these rumblings were not true.
Carey Murdock of Sooner Scoop spoke with Stoops this morning, who said he was not a candidate for the Florida State job and refuted reports that he was in Tallahassee interviewing for the job on Monday.
“Spoke w/ Bob Stoops this morning,” Murdock said in a tweet. “He tells me the rumors/rports of him being a candidate for the Florida State job opening are not accurate. Says he was at the new Hard Rock Casino all day yesterday and at a Dan Marino Foundation party last night. Not interviewing for FSU job.”
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit also talked to Stoops, who again said said he was not a candidate for the Florida State job.
“Just talked with Bob Stoops,” Herbstreit wrote on Twitter. “Any report that he’s a candidate for the FSU job are not accurate. Said “he’s not a candidate.”‘
Last night, NoleGameday.com reported that the FSU athletic department is focused on Bob Stoops in their coaching search, with the former Oklahoma head coach actually making the trip to Tallahassee on Monday to talk over a deal.
“A source tells NoleGameday that the athletic department has identified Bob Stoops as the top target in the coaching search,” the report said. “Sources close to the program have confirmed to NoleGameday that earlier reports of Bob Stoops being in Tallahassee are indeed correct. He arrived earlier this afternoon and has at the very least, been on Florida State’s campus today.
“This doesn’t necessarily confirm a deal is done but it’s definitely in the works,” the report continued. “The timeline of this thing is certainly fluid, but I’d expect it to be done sooner rather than later as long as all terms can be met.”
Alison Posey, the Sports Director for ABC 27 in Tallahassee, Florida, also reported that “a deal is imminent with Stoops as Florida State’s new coach.”
Bob Stoops' name has been floating around a while as the potential new coach.
I've talked to some sources as well, and they confirm everything that JP has reported.
Time will tell, but I was also told that a deal is imminent with Stoops as Florida State's new coach. https://t.co/RBEfuPc14w
— Alison Posey (@AlisonPosey14) November 5, 2019
Posey’s report was in response to JP Peterson, a radio host in Tampa, FL, who also said Stoops was “in Tallahassee finalizing a new deal” with Florida State.
As we reported earlier Bob Stoops is in Tallahassee finalizing a new deal. My sources telling me Kendall Briles remains OC, Jim Leavitt DC. That’s a helluva triumvirate right there. Leavitt and Stoops worked together at Kansas St. Tons of experience and a winning records!! pic.twitter.com/ofNIj42I63
— FanStreamSports JP Peterson (@FanStreamJP) November 5, 2019
In response to today’s news, Posey doubled down on her sources and report, tweeting, “Some people take this “fake news” stuff too far without even knowing the type of reporters we are. No one on this beat would say what we are saying (and I’m not the only one reporting this stuff) without legitimate sources closely tied to this search.”
Who will win out in the end? And more importantly, should Kentucky fans still feel confident that Mark Stoops, who opened as the second betting favorite for the opening, will remain in Lexington moving forward?