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Oklahoma football: David Boren said Bob Stoops 'is far more than a football coach'

On Saturday night, Bob Stoops will coach his 200th game at Oklahoma. It is a significant mark, and with this milestone, the coach and his bosses discuss why this has been such a good fit for both sides.
by Jenni Carlson Published: August 29, 2014
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IN THEIR WORDS

On Saturday night, Bob Stoops will coach his 200th game at Oklahoma. It is a significant mark, and with this milestone, the coach and his bosses discuss why this has been such a good fit for both sides.


David Boren, OU president

“Coach Stoops has been a fit because he shares the values and high standards of the university. We have a common desire to help make a difference in the lives of all of our students, including student-athletes.

“In addition, he has a strong commitment to athletic excellence and to continue Oklahoma’s heritage of a national championship level football program.

“I can jokingly say that I want to keep him around because I can now leave the football games when they end instead of waiting for the crowd to disperse so they will not shout at me to, “Fire the coach!” A more serious answer would be that, to me, Bob is far more than a football coach. He has become a close and valued friend, and he seeks to be a true teacher to his players, not only about football but about life.”

Joe Castiglione, OU athletic director

“The characteristics and beliefs we had in Bob Stoops when he was hired are still, and will always be, relevant to his legacy of success as a head coach, especially here at Oklahoma.

“Obviously, the years of experience make him and us stronger. Conversely, the extraordinary consistency of success begets high, if not unreasonable, expectations that Bob continues to meet. He strategically adapts or adjusts as the situation dictates, but his commitment, his values, his clear understanding of the type of leader he needs to be for his players and our university, and his blue-collar, middle-America work ethic and toughness continue to serve us well in an ever-changing world.

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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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