Brody Eldridge was wrong about this year's OU team

BERRY TRAMEL — Former Sooner's statement on Twitter was off the mark. Letting ESPN hang around didn't lead to a loss at Baylor.
Berry Tramel Published: November 22, 2011

NORMAN — Thank you, Brody Eldridge. You did us a solid.

You kicked your dog and threw your shoe at the Sony and took your frustrations to the public marketplace, which in yesteryear was the coffee shop and today is Twitter.

You trashed your beloved Sooners with kooky talk. Just like a lot of fans and some media. There's only one difference.

Bob Stoops loves you.

Stoops' all-time favorite Sooner was so riled up by OU's 45-38 loss to Baylor, he ripped the entire program.

“that's what happens when you change everything; let ESPN come in, turn humble program into arrogant one.”

Thanks, Brody. You made the rest of us look not so bad.

Lots of reasons why OU lost to Baylor. Some can be laid at Stoops' feet, some can't. But accommodating ESPN in the August heat wave had nothing to do with Robert Griffin lighting up the Sooner secondary.

“Just because someone was here four days doesn't change us,” Stoops said.

Eldridge's assertion is silly. I'm no big fan of ESPN or the way college football programs fawn over anyone who can find Bristol, Conn., on a map, but no way was that All Access show a sign that the Sooners have gone Hollywood.

I don't believe limited media access affects a football team, so I don't believe enhanced media access does, either.

Cameras in the first week of training camp have nothing to do with covering Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams three months later in Waco.

And Eldridge knows it. I mean, ESPN wasn't anywhere near an Oklahoma August in 2007, but Cody Hawkins beat the Sooners in Boulder. Cody Hawkins is no Robert Griffin.

Has the OU program changed over the last 11 years? Posilutely. Is the Sooners' attitude different? Absotively.

“Everything's different,” Stoops said. “That's a long time ago.”

Media is different. Expectations are different. Players are different.

“Teenagers today are a lot different than they were 10 years ago,” Stoops said. “And we recruit teenagers. We're not going to change society here.”

Stoops said he agreed to the ESPN show for recruiting purposes and didn't mind the way it turned out.

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