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Berry Tramel: OU's Bob Stoops not interested in baby-sitting

In his first public comments since the Jim Tressel scandal, the Sooners' coach says he won't be following his players around.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 4, 2011

“Our conversation wasn't very long,” Stoops said of Bomar. Stoops said he confronted Bomar with the evidence that he had been paid by Big Red Sports & Imports for work not performed and told him, “You're not playing at Oklahoma.”

For a year, Bomar wondered?

“No, it's going to be forever,” Stoops said he said. “We'll move on. You can transfer.”

Said Stoops, “Our players are educated. They know. If you knowingly break the rules, we're going to move on. We'll find someone else to play quarterback.

“I felt it was in the best interest of our university. Our players know, we're going to do things right. At least that's our hope.”

Stoops bristled at the suggestion he deserves credit for the way he handled the Bomar case.

“I'm not looking for a bit of credit,” Stoops said. “I did what I thought needed to happen in our situation. All situations are different.

“All I know is, we will deal with our situations the way we feel needs to be dealt with. And to further educate our players on how they need to move forward. And if situations like this do occur here, this is how your situation will be.”

Swift justice seems to be Stoops' style. Wyatt Earp is walking the streets of Norman.

“It's impossible to know what everyone does behind closed doors,” Stoops said. “Even in families, you don't know sometimes what's going on. So to think we know, when families or wives and husbands don't know?

“No one knows. At the end of the day, if someone tries to conceal something they will, and when you find out, you deal with it. That's it. We can't possibly know everything that happens.”

It's the American Way. Freedom to do most anything you want. Just be prepared to pay the consequences, which Tressel did not demand of his Buckeyes.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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