No one in the Sooner Nation hates to lose more than Bob Stoops

Losses still eat at Stoops the way they did when he was a Cardinal Mooney safety or Steve Spurrier's Kato or a 39-year-old whippersnapper newly arrived on the Oklahoma plains.
by Berry Tramel Published: September 24, 2012

He won't admit that, of course. You can't tell your guys they're not good enough, even if it's true.

But whereas Texas after Colt McCoy went 5-7, 8-5 and we'll-see-this-year, and Florida after Tim Tebow went 8-5, 7-6 and we'll-see-this-year, the Sooners after Sam Bradford went 12-2, 10-3 and we'll-see-this-year.

“A year ago, it's catastrophic, we win 10 games,” Stoops said. “From my standards, yeah, I don't like it either.”

But, Stoops said, “We're not far off here. Are we going undefeated? We're not. But in the end, with all the new pieces, we'll see where we go.”

I think the Sooners could go splat, or they could rally and win a wild Big 12. Just about anything's possible.

I asked Stoops if there was anything he could say to make the fans feel better.

“I don't think there is,” Stoops said. “That's how fans are.”

Sorry, he's not opening any psychiatric stand. But maybe instead of giving you what the mobs demand — Blake Bell's promotion, an off-week switch to the wishbone, burning that new mansion to the ground before the boxes are unpacked — you can take solace in what Stoops believes.

“We've been operating here for a long time,” Stoops said. “We've had a lot of success. It hasn't come overnight. A lot of people here were part of how we have had success and how we have built it and how we'll continue to build it.

“You're going to have your ups and downs when you go through so many years.

“I feel strongly the way we built this and have developed this program for a large number of years … I know how to do it,” Stoops said. “And we'll continue to do it in a positive way. I've never been able to please everybody, but that's OK. It's been more so than any other Big 12 team.”

I told you. He's not going to give in. Competitive people are like that.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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