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Bob Stoops takes subtle shot at predecessor

by Ryan Aber Modified: September 4, 2013 at 10:10 am •  Published: September 3, 2013

The shot was subtle, but it was definitely there.

At his Monday afternoon press conference, Sooners coach Bob Stoops was asked about the importance of getting off to a quick start when you’re making drastic changes to the offense like what OU did Saturday.

Stoops answered the question, then was asked a follow-up about not throwing out all the changes because of some struggles.

“I can’t remember though where we’ve ever scrapped the whole thing after game one. I heard that happened here before where you went to the triple option and then all of the sudden after things didn’t go so well for the first game or two,” Stoops said, trailing off.

That has happened at Oklahoma before, a year before Stoops arrived.

In 1998, the Sooners went to the option with quarterback Brandon Daniels to start the season.

The offense floundered against North Texas in the opener until walk-on Patrick Fletcher replaced Daniels and got things going.

Then the Sooners struggled against TCU in the second game and the offense went through an early season overhaul that wasn’t productive. That OU team won three of its last four games but John Blake was fired after the season, giving way to Stoops.

by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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