OU football coach Bob Stoops declines coaches poll vote

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: November 25, 2008 at 5:39 am •  Published: November 25, 2008
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photo - SIGNAL: OU head coach Bob Stoops signals his team in the first half during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD
SIGNAL: OU head coach Bob Stoops signals his team in the first half during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops turned down an opportunity to vote in the coaches USA Today/ESPN poll but Monday declined to discuss his reasons why.

"I’m not going to get into that because then it becomes a story,” Stoops said. "I don’t think that’s fair. We have enough to deal with Oklahoma State this week.”

Since the coaches poll could have an impact which team plays for the Big 12 title, possibly the national title, does he regret turning down a chance to vote?

"Probably,” Stoops said.

But not having a vote in the coaches’ poll doesn’t mean Stoops can’t have his say. He was doing plenty of campaigning for his team on Monday. Stoops praised his team and its achievements on ESPN Radio’s "Mike and Mike” morning show and later on ESPN’s College Football Live with Reece Davis.

If the Sooners, Longhorns and Red Raiders all win this week, tied at 7-1 in league play, the highest-ranked team in the Nov. 30 BCS rankings will be declared the South champion.

"It’s always difficult (to vote),” Stoops said. "There are arguments for and against everybody. Not just us but anyone that has one loss. That’s just the way it is. Most logic goes to who is doing what down the stretch or who is playing well right now.”

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