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Back in production: A look back at some of Bob Stoops' most memorable comments

OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — Bob Stoops has gained notoriety of late for his comments about the Southeastern Conference, and in past years, he hasn’t been afraid to speak his mind when he felt it was appropriate. A key component of Stoops’ swagger is those occassional barbs thrown in the press.
Oklahoman Published: August 23, 2014

“They acted like they'd never lost to us. They (the coaching staff) had only been there two years, right? So it's not like they'd been on a 10-year run, or they had won 17 straight games.

“I was wondering how that would happen. ... We like to think we had something to do with it, maybe.”

SEC-GATE

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. ”

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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