Stoops squashes Notre Dame rumors

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops took issue with a story pinning him to a potential opening at Notre Dame following Monday’s practice.

He adamantly shot down a story on the Chicago Sun-Times Web site that he’s interested in leaving OU to be the successor to Charlie Weis.

The story, published Sunday, said if the current Irish coach were fired at season’s end, “A source said Stoops has told confidants he would be interested in talking to the Irish.”

Stoops, who signed a new seven-year contract in July that will pay him more the $30 million over the next seven years and makes him one of college football’s highest-paid coaches, said there was no validity to the story.

“That’s ridiculous; though, some confidant, huh,” Stoops said. “I have no idea what you’re talking about. Notre Dame doesn’t have a job, and I haven’t spoken to any confidants about anything outside of trying to beat Texas Tech, so, you guys, you know, that’s some guy making something up.

“I’m not answering stuff like that. There’s not even a job at Notre Dame, so that’s ridiculous. I don’t know. You guys believe (there’s a) confidant? What’s that?”

Simmons healing

No coaches have said whether left guard Brian Simmons is healthy enough to play again, but center Ben Habern said the senior was in full pads and practiced Monday.

The Norman Transcript