Ahhhh, okay - so that's why Mason brought his team together. I'll be the first to admit that I wasn't plugged in at the time (probably had to do with the fact that I was 11 years old at the time), but this all makes a ton of sense.
I agree that Tress likely wasn't Geiger's first choice. When you have names like Gruden and Stoops that you're targeting, there's no way that's all window dressing to snag a guy out of 1-AA. Granted, it all worked out in the end -- so I'm certainly not complaining.
TBH, I'm kinda shocked that Stoops didn't take the gig. Even with the title and a powerhouse program at OU, when momma comes calling, you answer.