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.
Perhaps Eldridge was riled by the clowning shown on ESPN. But Stoops said the Sooners don't have clowns.
“We have a bunch of young guys,” Stoops said. “We showed a lot of maturity in a lot of ways. I thought everything they did came across as just fine.
“And get to see that more of a human side of a coach, too. People (usually) get to see you at your most intense, competitive moments. That's four hours of our week.”
Eldridge was a bone-jarring blocker for Stoops. Now he's playing NFL tight end for the Colts even though his hands aren't sticky. So you know how tough Eldridge must be.
“A prideful guy that cares about our program who was as rough and tough as we had,” Stoops said. “That's what he likes to see.”
But that's not what these Sooners are. That's not what Big 12 football is. It's not rock 'em sock 'em football. Maybe it was in 2000, but it wasn't in Eldridge's day, either.
OU defensive end Frank Alexander, a three-year teammate of Eldridge, wouldn't trash his old pal.
“Everybody's free to say whatever they want,” Alexander said. “I know Brody didn't mean nothing bad or harmful. I know he ain't really taking no shots.
“Everybody's going to be mad. Everybody's going to be a little upset. With Brody, he's not used to losing to Baylor.”
No one in crimson is. But Baylor is a good team under Art Briles; 7-3 and headed for 9-3. The Sooners didn't lose because they were arrogant. They lost because they committed two turnovers, they had no takeaways and they didn't cover deep against a golden-armed quarterback.
That will get you beat most times, no matter whether Baylor is on the front of the opponent's jersey or whether ESPN stopped by to enjoy an Oklahoma summer.
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