NORMAN — At this time last year, a bevy of former Oklahoma football players were becoming very critical. The Sooners had just lost 41-13 to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, raising serious questions about the future of Bob Stoops’ program.
Spencer Tillman said OU coaches and administrators needed introspection. Jammal Brown said he was “mad as hell” and that the team was soft during a radio interview.
The attitude around OU football is much different a year later, following the Sooners’ 45-31 upset of No. 3 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Friday morning, Stoops met with a group of OU beat writers and was asked about the former players’ criticism.
“I didn’t hear what they said, and I don’t care what they said,” Stoops said. “I don’t need their motivation whatsoever. I don’t care what they think. Who are they?
“You wanna talk about a couple thousand former players, everybody’s got an opinion. Why would I care about what a few thousand former players have to say? What would that matter to me?”