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Miles v. Stoops: Count me in

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 12, 2007

Another Monday, friends. Another video commentary.

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Could the madness of this college football season end with something so perfect, so cosmic that it makes sense of the craziness?

If LSU and Oklahoma play it will.

Les Miles vs. Bob Stoops.

Would that be perfect, or what?

The two coaches traded verbal jabs time and again before Miles left OSU for LSU. They had more barbs than a livestock fence.

After OSU beat OU 16-13 in 2001, Miles said the Cowboys should’ve won by more.

Stoops shot back by saying some people are satisfied with four wins.

The Cowboys, by the way, just happened to finish 4-7 that season.

A couple years later, Miles said of the Sooners, “They’re the best team in college football, we’re told.”

After the Sooners throttled the Cowboys 52-9 in Norman, Stoops was less than warm during the coaches’ post-game mid-field handshake. The Sooner coach later said, “I was professional. I said good game. That’s all I need to say. I don’t need to hear his opinion about anything.”

Oh, it’s been rich, rich stuff between these two.

Most coaches walk on eggshells these days. Miles and Stoops made scrambled eggs instead.

And it didn’t stop after Miles left OSU for LSU. He still couldn’t resist a little Bedlam trash talking. During one of LSU’s caravan stops two summers ago, Miles was asked a question about OU, LSU’s opponent in the Sugar Bowl a few years ago.

Miles said, “When you guys were playing Oklahoma and I was representing another school, I watched every play and I was so damn happy that LSU won. I look forward to meeting that team again and that coach.”

Stoops fired back a few days later at an OU caravan stop.

“Boy,” Stoops said, “I bet it burned him to see us raise our third Big 12 championship in the last five years since he’s watching us play in these championship games all the time.”

Both Stoops and Miles have tried to insist that they play nice. Miles even said he called Stoops after he took the LSU job and told him what a pleasure it had been to compete against him.

But really, who are these two trying to snow under? Their bad blood runs thick.

Now with LSU at the top of the BCS standings and OU rising higher every week, a national championship showdown seems more likely than ever. Playing for a title would bring its own drama, of course, but wouldn’t it be sweet to have Miles and Stoops back together again?

With so many weeks between the conference championship games and the national championship game, one of them would be sure to slip up. All it would take is one little spark to start the inferno.

Through the madness of this season, a Stoops-Miles showdown might be one thing that makes sense.

OU and LSU have agreed to a home-and-home series beginning in 2018, but we may not have to wait that long for the fun of Stoops v. Miles.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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