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Bob Stoops misleading me is misleading you, the fan

BY TRAVIS HANEY Modified: October 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm •  Published: October 16, 2011

He tweeted after the game this week will be his “comeback week.” Does that mean this timetable was set all along for an issue we were told would cost him no games?

Late Saturday night, after the 30-point win at Kansas, we're again told everyone is fine — even though no fewer than a half-dozen players left the game with something or another. Included: running back Roy Finch, defensive tackle Casey Walker, linebackers Corey Nelson and Tom Wort.

Then, Sunday morning, on the ride home from the Wheatland, I see a tweet from Nelson saying he’s having an X-ray exam on his arm and is hoping for the best. (He later tweeted nothing was broken, but he had ligament damage. He is expected to play through the injury.)

And how about linebacker Travis Lewis? We're told in the lead-up to Florida State that Lewis' injured foot will likely keep him out the following week against Missouri – and then he plays the entire game against FSU.

Is Stoops lying? No, not technically. There's enough wiggle room in the words “expect” and “we'll see” to excuse him via semantics. But it's less than genuine, the tone we're being dealt — which, in turn, creates the distorted version of reality that you read on Web pages and in newspapers.

If Stoops does not want to tell us everything he knows, that's fine. Don't blame him. But the message often being delivered is downright misleading.

Want to know how the Sooners are feeling? Like those of us around the program on a daily basis, show up to a game and find out and stay tuned in to the players' Twitter accounts.


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