There may come a day when Bob Stoops once again has a say in the College Football Playoff picture, although it almost surely won’t come as a coach.
Stoops, who surprisingly retired from his longstanding post as the coach of the Oklahoma Sooners in June, isn’t exactly sure where this newfound freedom will take him just yet. It seems unlikely that Stoops will ever coach again, but he’s a historic staple throughout the college football landscape and widely respected among his peers.
Such was evident with Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt, who was asked of his thoughts on Stoops potentially becoming a College Football Playoff committee member at some point in the future.
“You will not find anybody that’s more qualified, better-equipped, more knowledgeable about the game of football than coach Stoops,” Hocutt told Berry Tramel of NewsOK.com. “The more men like coach Stoops can be involved with the game, with the selection committee, the stronger it’s going to be become, if that’s something coach Stoops would consider.
Hocutt, who’s now entering his third year as part of the College Football Playoff committee and will be serving as chairman, is admittedly partial to Stoops, though. Hocutt’s entrance to college football came as a linebacker for a Kansas State defense that Stoops was the co-defensive coordinator of, and later served as Oklahoma’s associate athletic director from 1999-2005.
“I couldn’t think more highly than I do of Bob Stoops,” Hocutt said. “I’m partial, because he was my co-defensive coordinator for five years. I had a chance to spend time with him when he came to Oklahoma, and he’s a better man than he was a coach, and he’s one of the best coaches ever. To have him involved in any way would be terrific.”
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