Best reveal from Stoops' First Take appearance — Texas HS coaches have told #Sooners recruiters how much they enjoyed Sugar Bowl win
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Stoops on OU's near departure to Pac-12: “We’re not tied to Texas. The world changes. It was real possibility. It was very real"
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“I appreciate you bringing it up, Stephen A. I have to be honest, it felt good. Because I know everybody’s screen savers, everybody had their notes down, everybody was ready to jump on us, on me in particular, what I had to say, if it had gone the other way. That all had to be deleted. I was a little validated in what I had to say. I still believe in what I said.
“At the end of the day we can play with anybody. That was fairly evident.”
On taking pleasure, part 2:
“I heard from more Texas high school coaches, on how pleased they were on how that all went. We go down there through Texas recruiting. I was surprised at how many Texas high school coaches pulled me aside because they felt validated. Because half of our roster or more is from Texas. We’ve got good football players, too.”
On taking a chance by adding Dorial Green-Beckham:
“All situations are well-thought out. We had a lot of conversations with Missouri personnel and our people. What do you believe in the young man? I believe in the young man as an individual, as a person.
“We deal with guys on our team, on other teams, that are going to make some mistakes. That’s part of the maturing process. Some are so egregious you have to part ways. Others, you feel that you can work with them. And I believe in Dorial, the person that he is and what he can be.
“I’m not one to ever cast away young people. To me that’s part of the job, to help them mature and grow in the right ways, to be great citizens. I believe in Dorial, that he has an opportunity to do that. We believe in second chances.”
On whether Missouri overreacted by dismissing DGB:
“I’m not saying that at all, because we have dismissed players multimple times through the years. Every situation is a little bit different. Sometimes you’re able to work with the young man and feel the potential is there to move forward and sometimes you’re not.”
On Bob Bowlsby’s assertion that cheating pays in this era of broken enforcement:
“I believe that anyone that’s intentionally skirting the rules and cheating or doing things the wrong way needs to pay for it and needs to be penalized for it. I can’t speak to what Commissioner Bowlsby had to say, or what specifics he may have. But I do believe in a fair game.”
On the days of OU football dominance of OKC’s talk radio market being over thanks to the Thunder:
“I feel relieved. It isn’t just us they’re talking about all the time, and picking on us.”
On Bayless’ assertion that he’ll rip Stoops “only if they lose to Texas”:
“Or anybody else.”
Big Game Bob is back!
Bob Stoops fired surprising shots at the SEC last offseason, calling out the nation’s power conference and causing his sanity to be called into question in most corners of the country.
“They’ve had the best team in college football. They haven’t had the whole best conference,” the Oklahoma coach said in May 2013, just months after Alabama had won another national title, the SEC’s seventh straight national championship.
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Bob Stoops isn’t worry about playoff selection — but hopes strength of schedule matters
NORMAN — Bob Stoops expressed some concern last summer about the College Football Playoff selection committee, saying any decision made by humans will be — at least to some degree — marred by bias.
In a recent interview with The Oklahoman, Stoops said he isn’t worrying himself with it because there’s nothing about the process he can really control.
“I don’t know how you get away from that,” Stoops said. “There’s no way around it. I don’t care who you have. If you have a human — I don’t care if it’s coaches; I don’t care if it’s reporters; I don’t care who it is — everybody has either a bias or an allegiance to something, or is influenced by something. Or someone they answer to.”
The committee was revealed last season, and includes members like legendary former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
“There’s no sense in concerning myself with it,” Stoops said. “You’ve got some great leaders and people of great integrity and responsibility in their jobs that’ll do their best to do it the way they feel is best.”
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