Beating Mike Stoops would make an Alamo Bowl win even better for OSU fans

by Jenni Carlson Published: December 19, 2010
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Mike Stoops was never going to be a fan favorite at Oklahoma State.

Not after taking the job as defensive coordinator at Oklahoma.

Not with his big brother being the Sooners' head coach.

But the way the orange-clad masses feel about him goes beyond any of that. Even though Stoops has been the head coach at Arizona, not the defensive mastermind at OU for the better part of a decade, there are some antics from his Sooner days that still stick in Cowboy fans' craw.

They loathe him. They despise him. They see him as an enemy of State.

What could be better than a little comeuppance in the Alamo Bowl?

Listen, every fan wants to watch their team win its bowl. Cowboy fans would just like to see OSU win this one 81-6.

The reason is Stoops.

It started with things he said, then culminated with something he did.

First came the words. A year after OSU's 16-13 upset of OU — the biggest upset ever in the Bedlam series — Stoops was asked about the emotional toll that loss had on him. Then the Sooners' co-defensive coordinator, he downplayed it.

“Doesn't bother me half as much as the A&M game” this year, he said of the trip to College Station when the Sooner pass defense decided to take the day off.

“You play long enough, you're not going to make all the plays,” he said of the plays OU defenders failed to make against flankers T.D. Bryant and Rashaun Woods late in that Bedlam upset. “To me, you can live with that.”

Stoops was more contrite a few days later when OSU took a sledgehammer to OU's defense. He heaped praise on the Cowboys, who rolled up 506 yards in a 38-28 victory in Stillwater.

“We never felt like we had control of the game,” he said. “We didn't have an answer all day for them. They had a great game plan and utilized the strengths of their team.”

Amid that admiration, though, was a slight dig.

“They didn't make it real complicated either,” Stoops said.


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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