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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks straight

by Berry Tramel Published: September 21, 2012

We hear often from readers who wonder why Bob Stoops is so combative in press conferences. And I really don’t get it. I never see Stoops as combative. Seems to me he answers most questions in a perfunctory fashion, gets riled up occasionally at what he considers bad questions and gets animated occasionally at what he considers good questions.

But a new development has ensued with SoonerSportsTV, which has launched this month. Stoops’ weekly call-in radio show from Red Lobster in Norman now is televised. And you can watch Stoops take bad or uncomfortable questions from fans.

The initial reviews is that Stoops was agitated with the format, but he says no. Says we ought to know by now by that that’s just Stoops’ personality. It’s part northeast Ohio, part gruff football coach, part just the way he was born.

“I’m not much on soft-shoeing,” Stoops said. “I’ve said that before. That’s just how  I speak. My wife, she’s been married to me 28 (years) … she still doesn’t get it.”

Stoops said he will take calls from Texas fans: “I don’t care. Depends on what they want to talk about. He better want an honest answer.”

And the best part of any Stoops call-in show is when a fan praises Stoops and fawns over him, then wants to know why Trey Millard or Roy Finch or somebody doesn’t get the ball more.

“Everybody wants their favorite guy to get it more,” Stoops said. “Hard to please everybody. I gave up on that a long time ago. I’m like, ‘What do you want me to do?’”


by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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