Stoops Not Interested In Florida Job OU Coach Ends Speculation Early By Denying Interest POSTED: 11:26 am CDT October 28, 2004 NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops says he wants to end the speculation and make it clear he does not want to be head coach at Florida. "I have great respect for the people at Florida and a lot of good memories from my time there," Stoops said in a statement released by the University of Oklahoma media relations department Wednesday. "But to end the speculation that is ongoing, I want to make it clear that I have no interest in the position that is currently available there." Speculation that Stoops was one of the school's top candidates began soon after Florida coach Ron Zook was fired Monday, effective at the end of the season. Other reports said former Florida coach Steve Spurrier is the Gators' top choice to replace Zook. Stoops had declined comment Monday and Tuesday, saying he wouldn't talk about other jobs, but then issued the statement. "It is a privilege to be the head coach at Oklahoma, and I am fully concentrating on having the best season we can have and in building the strongest program we can build," the OU coach said in the statement. Stoops, 44, has a contract that runs through 2009 and currently pays him $2.2 million annually.