STOOPS ODDS 50-50 LEAVING OKLAHOMA FOR FLORIDA

Jan 6, 2002 10:46 PM

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops is listed as a 50-50 bet to accept the head coaching position at Florida, according to a source close to the Oklahoma program.

Stoops was hired by Spurrier several years ago as the school's defensive coordinator before heading to Oklahoma, where he won the national championship last year.

Spurrier, who won one national title and six SEC championships in 10 seasons at Gainesville, announced his resignation the day after rival Miami won the national title game over Nebraska at the Rose Bowl.

The Florida icon is rumored to be the top choice among several NFL teams for a head coaching position. Those teams include Tampa Bay, Carolina, Minnesota, Washington and San Diego.

The source, former Cleveland Indians baseball player Jim Traber, said on a national radio show Saturday night that Stoops would probably make his decision in the next day or two.