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Vol Watch: Stoops, Fisher voice commitment to current schools

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Florida State's Jimbo Fisher (Courtesy: Associated Press) Florida State's Jimbo Fisher (Courtesy: Associated Press)
Oklahoma's Bob Stoops (Courtesy: Associated Press) Oklahoma's Bob Stoops (Courtesy: Associated Press)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP/WRCB) - Bob Stoops says he loves his job at No. 12 Oklahoma and intends to stay put.

Jimbo Fisher is saying the same about his spot at Florida State.

Both coaches have seen their names surface as a potential candidates for jobs opening up across the country. With several high-profile vacancies, Stoops was asked Monday about his name being connected to the opening at Tennessee.

"I like the job I have. I love the job I have and the people I work for, so I'll try and keep it another year," Stoops said.

The 52-year-old Stoops is in his 14th season coaching the Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12). He suggested he's interested in coaching as long as his former boss, 67-year-old Steve Spurrier.

Fisher waited his turn at Florida State behind legendary coach Bobby Bowden, but has been mentioned as a possible candidate for SEC openings because of the ACC's struggles to compete on the national level.

Fisher downplayed those rumors in a statement early Monday.

"I won't even discuss other job opportunities with my agent," Fisher said. "I am focused on these players and this team. We are happy here."

He reiterated that feeling during his weekly press conference in the afternoon ahead of the Seminoles' ACC Championship Game showdown with Georgia Tech this weekend.

"I'm very happy right here, I'm content to be here," Fisher told reporters. "It's where I want to be. We're building something special. We got great players. We got great players to come. It's a great place to live. My family is set in this community.

"I plan on being here a long time."

Tennessee fired Derek Dooley last Sunday after three seasons in Knoxville.

Dr. Jerry Punch, a Knoxville native and ESPN on-air personality, told WNML-FM radio in an interview that he believes Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart already has his man, and expects the search to end soon.

Among the other names mentioned as potential replacements for Dooley is ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden, whose name was linked to a potential opening with the Philadelphia Eagles on by Fox 29 TV in Philly on Monday.

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