NORMAN — Former Oklahoma Panhandle State coach Rick Haasl has wanted to thank Bob Stoops for years.
I interviewed Haasl recently for this story on new OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, who worked in 1995 at OPSU under Haasl.
Haasl said that in 1999, he was defensive coordinator at Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant. That spring — Stoops’ first as OU’s head coach — Haasl and the SOSU coaching staff visited OU for its coaches’ clinic.
Here is Haasl’s recollection of his first meeting with Stoops:
“I don’t have any contact with coach Stoops; he wouldn’t know me if I walked in his office. But I respect that man so much.
“As a coaching staff at Southeastern, we were going to the OU clinic.
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