Week 5 Five Thoughts: 3) Are Bob Stoops & Chip Kelly Ready To Name Their Price?

Week 5 Five Thoughts: 3) Are Bob Stoops & Chip Kelly Ready To Name Their Price?

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Week 5 Five Thoughts: 3) Are Bob Stoops & Chip Kelly Ready To Name Their Price?

Week 5 Five Thoughts: 3) Are Bob Stoops & Chip Kelly Ready To Name Their Price?


With all of the coaching instability, let the Bob Stoops and Chip Kelly derby begin. 



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Yeah, right. Like a 57-year-old Bob Stoops and a soon-to-be 53-year-old Chip Kelly are done with this coaching thing.

Right now, as we speak, Nick Saban is still the head coach at the University of Alabama.

Dabo Swinney is doing amazing things at Clemson, Urban Meyer is still at THE – not A – Ohio State University, and Jim Harbaugh is currently employed at That School Up North.

Give or take a Chris Petersen here, and maybe a Kirby Smart there, and possibly a Jimbo Fisher – if he ever gets his offensive line to block someone again – and there are at least 120 FBS college football programs who’d happily send their head coach to Dumpsville if Stoops or Kelly wanted to become the main man.

And, maybe, about ten who’ll be able to even think about affording them.

Kelly’s four-year college run was ridiculous. From 2009 to 2012, Kelly won three conference titles, tied for a division title in the other 13-1 year, and went 46-7 with a national title appearance with two Rose Bowls and a Fiesta.

Yeah, okay, so many at Oregon weren’t exactly weeping when he left – he’s a wee bit of a taskmaster – but again 46-7, three Pac-10/12 titles, and three top four finishes in four years.

Your feelings become irrelevant when a coach can do that.

Stoops? 190 wins, ten Big 12 titles, one national championship, 12 New Year’s Six-level bowl appearances, 14 double-digit win seasons.

While Texas is hoping this all works out with Tom Herman, and Oregon is praying for Willie Taggart to be able to win titles – he has never won a conference championship – and for all the other young and upwardly mobile coaches getting jobs in prominent spots, remember, Alabama hired a national title-winning coach in Saban.

Ohio State hired a national title-winning coach in Meyer. Michigan hired a guy who came within two completed passes of probably winning two Super Bowls in Harbaugh.

If you really want to play with the big boys – starting at you, Tennessee, Nebraska, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, UCLA – you need a big boy, and these are your two top free agents out there. But they’re going to come with one of those Name Your Own Price tools.

Is Stoops destined for the Chicago Bears, and he simply needed a year off before the inevitable John Fox firing? Maybe, but he also appears to like the civilian lifestyle.

As hard as he is, he’s also a different breed of coaching cat – he could turn into a far better Jon Gruden if he decides he doesn’t want to deal with the daily grind anymore.

That means the price to get Stoops is going to be ridiculous, because there’s a chance it might not be worth it to him unless the gig is perfect.

Kelly, on the other hand, won’t be getting his hands on an NFL team anytime soon, but if you’re ready to deal with everything he’s going to bring to the table, he’s also going to bring instant wins.

Of course, complicating matters a tad is Notre Dame being good again – that would’ve been the perfect landing spot for either one of them. But as the hot seat pressure is tightening up across the college football landscape, and as the buyout numbers and coaching salaries get more and more ridiculous, just you wait.

Somewhere out there is a ten-year, $75 million contract discussion that’s about to be had.

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Week 5 Roundup: Rankings, Bowl Projections, Analysis
1, Why Ed Orgeron & Butch Jones might not be fired
2. The NFL Draft’s Sam Darnold problem
4. Florida State to the College Football Playoff?! Here’s how
5. Why UCF should be ranked higher than USF

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