Since, there have been rumors that the 57-year-old Stoops may have simply needed to step away from the game for a bit and recharge his batteries. Based on his comments Monday at an Atlanta Touchdown Club gathering, the coaching door is closed.
Via SEC Country:
I will say, regardless of what you might hear out there in the papers, if I intended again to coach that would have been part of my statement. I would have said, ‘I’m stepping away here now for this time for myself, but when it comes to the next year or two, I look forward to getting back in it.’
“But that’s not what I said. You won’t see me on a college sideline or a pro sideline. A lot of people act like they know, and there will be more than a few jobs out there. But that isn’t at all what I’m looking to do.