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

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.

NO EXCUSES

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.”

TEXAS COMPLACENCY?

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?

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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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