Bob Stoops’ twin
It was a memorable day at OU football practice on Saturday. First, I had a great chat with the FOX broadcasters. Pat Haden was as interesting and open as anyone I’ve ever interviewed. I don’t get too sentimental, but it’s always cool to talk to a college football hero from the 1970s. The ’70s were my formative years of college football, and the players from your formative years always have an exalted status in your memory. Pat Haden, Archie Griffin, Johnny Musso, players like that defined the ’70s outside the Big Eight area for me. And Terry Donahue, the old UCLA coach, was most gracious, too, and frankly interviewed me more than I interviewed him. Donahue quizzed me on the Sooners, and I’ve got to say, he looks like he still could coach. Donahue is 63 and has been out of the college game a dozen years, 1995; he coached UCLA for 20. But he doesn’t look a day over 52.
Mike Stoops was at practice, too, and regretably I didn’t get a chance to chat. But I did see Ron Stoops Jr. for the first time — I don’t know how I’ve missed him over the years — and while he looks a lot more like Bob than the other Stoops boys, when Ron Jr. starts talking is when it gets scary. He sounds EXACTLY like Bob. You know all the radio guys back in Oklahoma City who do such a good job of imitating Stoops’ voice? Ron Jr. doesn’t sound like that. You hear him, and you don’t think, he’s nailed the voice. You think, that’s Bob.
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