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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops has brought in new faces; with that comes new expectations

Of Stoops' nine coaches for the Insight Bowl barely 14 months ago, five are gone. Four firings and one demotion, which led to Brent Venables' departure.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 7, 2013

Stoops did offer a couple of allowances. Recruiting is always a consideration when hiring a coach. And he didn't even know Montgomery was a fellow Iowa grad until they were in contact about the job.

But clearly, Bedenbaugh, Montgomery and Boulware are not joining the halcyon staff of previous Stoops days. Stoops always has been a no-nonsense coach. But now he's a no-nonsense-whatsoever coach. Stoops always has coached with a chip on his shoulder. Now he's coaching with a chip on his shoulder for good reason.

Stoops is not under administration pressure. He's not reacting to fan pressure; fans are upset when the Sooners settle for a field goal against Texas. Stoops knows that.

Stoops is reacting to self pressure. He doesn't like 10-3 and doesn't like one outright Big 12 title in four years.

Whether the coaching changes will affect change, who knows? Mike Stoops himself admitted he and Kish did not have a stellar season in 2012. Admitted they weren't really ready, coming from Arizona, for Big 12 offenses.

But sometimes you make changes for change sake. And of course, new blood can be invigorating.

“It's been a lot of fun,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said of mixing with the new staff members. “Get some new energy, new ideas. Seeing your program from a different perspective. We're excited from the things they bring to the table. The discipline, the accountability.”

For better or worse, the new faces certainly will change the dynamics around the Switzer Center. Too soon to know if they'll change the expectations.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. 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 newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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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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