“I was wondering how that would happen. ... We like to think we had something to do with it, maybe.”
When: Monday, May 6, 2013
The situation: While speaking to reporters before a Sooner Caravan event in Tulsa, Stoops was asked what he and the rest of the Big 12 needed to do to “close the gap” with the SEC, which had won seven straight national championships. This was the first of a long string of public comments about the SEC that Stoops ultimately backed up with his 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Stoops’ quote: “Well, it depends on what gap you are talking about.What are the bottom six doing? The bottom of the SEC, what did they do? They fired their coaches, got new .. I don’t know, I’m just asking you. The whole league isn’t that way, right?
“So they’ve had the best team in college football. They haven’t had the whole best conference because, again, half of them haven’t done much at all.
“It depends on who you want to listen to. Listen, they’ve had the best team in college football, meaning they’ve won the national championship. That doesn’t mean everything else is always the best.
“You’re listen to a lot of propaganda that gets fed to you that gets fed out to you. You’re more than smart enough to figure it out. ”