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Campaign 2012: Fans stepping up to the Mikes

Approval ratings in Norman and Stillwater could not be higher for Oklahoma's Mike Stoops and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 26, 2012

“We're at a point now that you win 41 games in four years, and 23 games in two years … we've established ourselves as being a quality program,” Gundy said.

And that starts with Gundy himself, homegrown and homespun. One of OSU's most popular players ever now is its most popular coach ever.

Meanwhile, Bob Stoops might not even be the most popular member of his family among Sooner faithful.

Mike Stoops' five-year run as OU coordinator included the 2000 national title and a defense so stout in 2001 that fans are hard-pressed to remember that his defense had dubious games, too. Texas A&M 2002. Bedlam 2002. Kansas State 2003.

“I'm excited to have Mike back for a number of reasons, not only personally, but professionally,” Bob Stoops said. “When we've worked together, it's been pretty positive.”

No holes in that theory. As fellow Iowa safeties in the early 1980s to coaching together at Kansas State in the 1990s to the Oklahoma Renaissance, the Brothers Stoops have been a force when together.

“We're looking forward to the season,” Bob Stoops said. “Hopefully we can be back to have a chance to once again compete for the Big 12 Championship.”

His fans are counting on it, because they like Mike. And it's the same in Stillwater.

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