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Bob Stoops: Gambling, exploitation of hurt players are reasons against discussing injuries

by Jason Kersey Modified: March 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm •  Published: September 19, 2012
Coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma will play the next nine weeks without a bye after two weeks off in September. AP PHOTO
Coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma will play the next nine weeks without a bye after two weeks off in September. AP PHOTO
NORMAN — Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Saturday that he and conference athletic directors will discuss a possible uniform injury reporting policy.

Scott’s comments came after one USC beat reporter was banned from practices for writing about an injury, and Washington announced a new policy against discussing player injuries,

Coach Bob Stoops was asked Wednesday for his thoughts on the idea of a conference injury reporting policy.

“I don’t mind it if everyone wants to do it,” Stoops said, before expanding on the reasons he is hesitant to disclose player injuries.

“It’s all about gambling. … NFL? Have at it. Go to Vegas, bet on them all, whatever. But gambling is the issue, and gambling becomes the issue when Joe Shmoe down there loses a big chunk of change on the last play of the game, when we have our (third team) in, getting them some snaps, and all of the sudden we don’t cover the spread.

“Now, it makes them more angry. It changes people. Or you’ve got your young guy that’s playing ball for you that drops a touchdown pass that would’ve changed the bet. He’s playing for his college team, he’s 20 years old, and now he gets all this venom.

“It just feeds it. And I don’t believe in that. I say to heck with them.”

Stoops also said he doesn’t like an opponent knowing about a player’s possible weaknesses, because if he does play, the other team can exploit them.

“I don’t believe a kid who is going to participate … the other team oughta know where he’s limited,” Stoops said. “Now they’re gonna take advantage of him.

“If he’s definitely out, I’ve always said a guy’s definitely out when I knew. I may not have been ’til Thursday or Friday, but when I’ve said it, he’s out.

“You’re handicapping the young man, and again he’s not playing for the Vikings. … Ninety-five percent of these guys aren’t going anywhere but here. They don’t need to be handicapped or put in a position to be taken advantage of.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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