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Bedlam Extra: Mike Stoops just what the OU-OSU rivalry needs

OU vs. OSU — Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops' return to Bedlam will take a heated rivalry to the next level.
by Jenni Carlson Published: November 22, 2012

“They're the best team in college football ... we're told,” Miles said after OSU's game the week earlier.

He fired more ammunition two days later.

“Next Saturday, two teams are going to play,” he said. “One is maybe the best team in college football, and the other one is a darn good football team.

“We're going to play to figure out which is which.”

Stoops, by the way, remembered that.

“Les had some great comments that week,” he said. “How can you forget ‘em?”

Stoops loves those type of things. The master of preparedness can use them as part of his defense's preparation all week.

“This game's built on emotion and motivation,” he said. “We say that wears off after a few plays, but that's not true. Your will to win, your determination to win is built as the weeks goes on.”

Stoops, then, believes that bulletin-board material can make for a more well-prepared defense.

Don't suppose Stoops heard Todd Monken's “Sooner state” quote, do you?

Yeah, I figure he's already got that plastered in the defense meeting room.

The funny thing, though, is that while Stoops believes such agitations can help a defense, he doesn't shy away from being an agitator himself. He slams headsets. He speaks truths. He blows gaskets.

He says what's on his mind.

He does what's in his heart.

Consequences be damned.

Last we saw Mike Stoops on the field for Bedlam, he was raising his arms toward the Cowboy sideline and raising a stink among the OSU faithful.

“All in fun,” he said.

He chuckled.

“They're probably happy I'm here now.”

Not sure Cowboy fans are, but Bedlam sure is.

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by Jenni Carlson
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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