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Mike Baldwin: 'Iowa Hawkeyes simply don't have many offensive weapons to test the Sooners'

Mike Baldwin answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.

by Michael Baldwin Published: December 21, 2011
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Without question, Kruger is a veteran coach who preaches hard work, fundamentals and can flat out coach. But this team would have improved under Capel since it has more experience and more weapons. Still, Kruger is nearing 500 wins for a reason. He's a better coach. How well the Sooners would have played under Capel, or his style, is unknown.

On predictions for the Insight Bowl and the future of Mike Stoops at OU:

I picked OU 31-20 in the paper last week but that was before Iowa suspended Coker, the second leading rusher in the Big Ten. Without Coker, who could have helped control the game on the ground, possibly forcing OU's offense to watch from the sidelines, the Hawkeyes simply don't have many offensive weapons to test the Sooners like Baylor or Oklahoma State.

Concerning Mike Stoops joining the staff, most believe that's a distinct possibility, although Bob Stoops on Monday said he's happy with his current staff but indicated you never know what positions might open up if one of his assistants leave.

The $64 million question is if no one leaves does Stoops bring Mike in and fire an assistant for the first time in his career? Stay tuned.

On whether there’s truth to the rumor that Lon Kruger has open practices at OU:

Yes. They're open. Sometimes groups attend. Individuals are welcome. Just call the basketball office and they'll tell you the time and place (Lloyd Noble or practice gym). And you'll be guaranteed to meet Kruger after practice. He always thanks everyone that attends.

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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