It has been a speculation-filled week in South Bend, as everyone wonders who will succeed Charlie Weis as head coach at Notre Dame. The best [read: funniest] email we received on the subject that encapsulates the rumors:
I heard from a former [redacted] school professor who taught at ND [redacted] that Stoops is going to be named on Monday. He claims that his source is reliable.
Notre Dame visits Stanford tonight in likely what will be the last game for Weis, QB Jimmy Clausen, and WR Golden Tate. Who will inherit Dayne Crist and Michael Floyd? It might be Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops (but don’t tell that to Kirk Herbstreit, who scoffed at the thought this morning on Gameday; we’ll get into this further Monday). Here’s the Stoops-to-ND timeline:
November 8, this very website: “What about Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops?” followed by three reasons Stoops makes sense.
November 15, Chicago Sun Times: “a source said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will be in the mix to replace him. The source said Stoops has told confidants he would be interested in talking to the Irish.”
November 16, Oklahoman quotes Stoops as saying: “There’s not even a job (open) at Notre Dame. That’s ridiculous. Some guy makes stuff up.”
November 27, South Bend Tribune: “A university source (I know I hate that, but I have to) has Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops at the very top of ND athletic director Jack Swarbrick’s wish list.”
Tonight’s pick: Stanford 35, Notre Dame 32.