Oklahoma Caravan notebook: Bob Stoops said he was 'just stating facts' about SEC

Stoops, who made waves last summer when he questioned the SEC’s overall strength as a football conference, led the Sooners to a surprising 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of two-time defending national champion Alabama several months later.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: July 30, 2014

Toby Rowland introduced Bob Stoops to the Sooner Caravan crowd Wednesday evening as “the man who singlehandedly shut up the SEC.”

Stoops, who made waves last summer when he questioned the SEC’s overall strength as a football conference, led the Sooners to a surprising 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of two-time defending national champion Alabama several months later.

During a trip to Bristol, Conn., last week, Stoops participated in ESPN’s “car wash,” during which he appeared on several of the network’s television and radio programs and defended his comments about the SEC. Stoops also specifically mentioned Texas A&M’s weak nonconference schedule on one program.

“I'm just stating facts,” Stoops said Wednesday. “I'm not lying about anything, making anything else.

“Every now and then, a few things need to be pointed out.”

STOOPS CONFIDENT AFTER STRONG SUMMER

Stoops also told the Sooner Caravan crowd that he’s “never seen Jerry Schmidt and his strength staff so happy.”

The Sooners recently wrapped up Schmidt’s grueling summer workout regimen and begin fall practices early Thursday morning.

“That to me is a big barometer on how we should do,” Stoops said of Schmidt’s demeanor. “We've got a lot of guys returning. We've got a few spots here and there to cover, but we have guys coming up.”

Stoops then took an opportunity to hammer the media for skepticism about the OU defensive line at this time a year ago. The Sooners had lost several key contributors up front and returned very little experience at the positions, but ended up being successful with guys such as Geneo Grissom, Charles Tapper, Jordan Phillips and Jordan Wade.

“Remember, we had no D-line,” Stoops said, repeating a line he’s used no less than 10 times since the Sugar Bowl. “According to all those media guys out there and experts who cover us, and we ended up having one of the better ones in the country.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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