Save Your Phone Calls


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:30 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: Dec 8, 2010 4:58 PM CDT

It&rsquo;s the perfect storm.&#160; It&rsquo;s that time of the year.&#160; We have a month before the bowl game.&#160; We&rsquo;re not serious about talking basketball just yet.&#160; It&rsquo;s getting too cold to drive to the beach.&#160; In short, radio talk show topics are scarce on the Tallahassee airwaves.&#160; And today Urban Meyer resigned, again.</P>&#160;</P>But please, don&rsquo;t stir false hope in the minds of your listeners.&#160; Bob Stoops is not going anywhere. </P>&#160;</P>I&rsquo;m not even factoring in the fact that he&rsquo;s building a new, beautiful home in Norman.&#160; Stoops could do the same in Florida.&#160; </P>&#160;</P>Or the fact he has three kids, ages 11, 11 and 14 who would be devastated at leaving school in Norman to make new friends and start anew in Tallahassee.&#160; Although, as a father of 3, I know it would be a huge factor in any decision. </P>&#160;</P>Let&rsquo;s look at it from just a job standpoint.&#160; Why would you leave one of the top 7 jobs in the country for another?&#160; &#160;&#160;Would Bill Belichick leave the Patriots to go coach the Cowboys?&#160; Would Mike Krzyzewski leave Duke to go coach at UCLA?</P>&#160;</P>With the talent the Sooners have returning next season, they&rsquo;ll be top 5 in the preseason.&#160;&#160; Florida will not.</P>&#160;</P>In the Big 12, you have to beat Texas and the Big 12 North champion to go to a BCS title game.&#160; The SEC is loaded with Alabama, LSU, Auburn and whatever other snakepit you are taking your team to this Saturday. </P>&#160;</P>Stoops presides over a program that has had far more long-term success in a conference that&rsquo;s easier to win.&#160; He works for a president and athletic director who have his back every time and who he loves working for.&#160; And OU can offer just as much financially as Florida can.</P>&#160;</P>We always hear, &ldquo;but Bob is beloved at Florida.&rdquo;&#160; And he&rsquo;s not in Norman?&#160; &ldquo;But Bob loved it at Florida.&rdquo;&#160; He was there for three years.&#160; He&rsquo;s been in Norman for 12.</P>&#160;</P>We are all guilty of thinking the place we live is the best place in the country.&#160; If it wasn&rsquo;t, why would I live here?&#160; People in Tallahassee are no different.&#160; They can&rsquo;t imagine that a person would rather live in Norman than Tallahassee.&#160; They have the beach within an hour, Disney within two hours and an average daily temperature of 80 degrees.</P>&#160;</P>Many of us can&rsquo;t imagine leaving Oklahoma for a place with hurricanes, excessive humidity and housing costs that might be double what they are in our state.</P>&#160;</P>I know that if I was hosting a sports talk show in Tallahassee I would probably do the same thing.&#160; But Bob Stoops has ignored the call to The Swamp on two previous occasions.&#160; There&rsquo;s no reason for him to pick up the phone this time around.</P>&#160;</P><BR/>