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Bob Stoops vs. the SEC: 'Now, all of a sudden, we can play a little better defense and some other people can’t play defense'

by Jason Kersey Modified: October 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm •  Published: October 2, 2013
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has questioned the SEC's reputation as the nation's best football conference. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has questioned the SEC's reputation as the nation's best football conference. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops made waves in May when he questioned the Southeastern Conference’s overall strength, saying much of the league’s mystique stems from “propaganda.”

During a small session with beat reporters Wednesday afternoon, Stoops smiled while sarcastically discussing performances by SEC defenses so far this season.

“Just a few years ago, we had all the quarterbacks,” Stoops said. “And now, all of a sudden, we can play a little better defense and some other people can’t play defense.

“Funny how people can’t play defense when they have pro-style quarterbacks over there, which we’ve had. They’re all playing in the NFL right now.”

When it was pointed out that Georgia’s Aaron Murray has a high pass efficiency rating, Stoops said, “How’s that happening? They’re playing all those SEC defenses.

“I still don’t know how (Texas) A&M was third in the country in total offense and scoring offense playing all those SEC defenses. I have no idea how that happened.

“Oh, they got a quarterback. That’s right.”

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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