NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops participated in a Big 12 football coaches’ media teleconference Tuesday morning, addressing several issues, not the least of which was the loss of Reed Case, who had been with the program since 2011 and was the team’s first director of player personnel.
Case left the Sooners to become Texas’ on-campus recruiting coordinator.
Asked what he’s looking for in Case’s replacement, Stoops said, “Mostly where Reed was, a guy that is personable and can organize recruiting. Really, not a guy that’s looking to be on the field because he’s not allowed to be on the field.
“Most of all a guy that administrates recruiting, someone that understands recruiting, can host people when they are here, can direct our coaches and organize and help Coach (Cale) Gundy, who is our recruiting coordinator and organize where everyone is at and keep up with it all.”
Here are a few other highlights from Stoops’ 10-minute session with reporters:
On if there’s been any carryover from the Sugar Bowl: “I don’t know … it’s hard to determine in many of those cases how much carries over. We had a great … not only spring, but the winter, our conditioning, our lifting, those kind of things according to our strength coach, were as good as they’ve every been and maybe the best we’ve ever had.
“But there is definitely some positive energy that way and then you get into spring ball and by the point I don’t ever remember ever being disappointed in spring ball and how our guys worked. Their attitude, the way they tried to get better. I don’t see it much different once you get into spring ball, to be honest with you.”
On if he’s open to Division I transfers, or if it’s a case-by-case situation: “Yeah, we’re open to them, for sure. Justin Brown came in here in a different circumstance from Penn State and really made a huge impact a couple of years ago. I think everybody is, if it’s in the right circumstances and it’s a positive fit for you.
On if Baker Mayfield could earn a scholarship: “We’ll see what the future holds for him. Right now, that hasn’t been determined.”
On the effects of changing from the BCS to the College Football Playoff: “I don’t know that it’s going to to affect anything in the way you operate what you do. Maybe the only thing I can maybe anticipate is teams that haven’t been playing a very difficult nonconference schedule may step that up a little bit to ensure that, when all things are equal, that with four teams you may be the fifth or sixth team and if you played a more difficult nonconference schedule, you may get the nod instead of somebody else. There may be a little more to that. Other than that, I don’t see much difference.”
On the record crowd for OU’s spring game: “We’ve always had a great fan base, for sure. With our administration and me agreeing to it, we just did more with the spring game, promotion-wise and made it a little more fan friendly and a little bit more entertaining with some of the things that we did. We had a perfect day for it and fortunately we had a great turnout — 43,000. We have sold out every game for 16 years, so we have a great fan base for sure.”