Throughout most of his 15-year tenure at Oklahoma, football coach Bob Stoops has played it safe when it comes to public comments in the media.
Still, 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.
Here’s a look at some of his more memorable statements.
When: Dec. 1, 1998
The situation: Florida defensive coordinator Bob Stoops had just been hired to revive a struggling superpower in Oklahoma. The Sooners hadn’t been to a bowl game since 1994 and were coming off an embarrassing three-year run under John Blake, who went 12-22 between 1996 and 1998. Stoops made it clear at his introductory news conference that he would never make excuses.
Stoops’ quote: “I’ll not shy away from expectations — I will embrace them. There are no excuses. We’re not going to talk about rebuilding.”
When: Monday, Oct. 1, 2001
The situation: Bob Stoops took issue with Texas coach Mack Brown’s comment regarding the Sooners’ 63-14 rout of the Longhorns the season before. Brown said his team was “complacent,” adding that, “No one in this building had ever lost to OU, coach or player.”
Stoops quote: “I find it surprising that they try and insinuate that they were complacent or overlooked us. That's interesting, since I think they had already lost to Stanford, right? And here's your first Big 12 South game against Oklahoma, and you have something in your locker room on the OU-Texas series, and they're going to overlook us?
“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.”
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. ”