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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops is very relaxed

by Berry Tramel Modified: April 9, 2014 at 11:05 am •  Published: April 9, 2014

Sooner head football coach Bob Stoops talks about the start of spring practice at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Sooner head football coach Bob Stoops talks about the start of spring practice at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Bob Stoops will be mic’d up Thursday at OU’s open practice for students and again at the Red-White Game on Saturday. He says network censors will not be necessary.

“No. Noo, noo, noo,” Stoops said. “They won’t have to bleep anything out with me, I conduct myself pretty well on the field.”

Interesting. Is it the same on game days?

“Game days get a little bit different,” Stoops said. “But still, even then, I like to think I’m certainly within the boundaries of good sportsmanship and whatever you want to call it. Good manners. I don’t even yell at the officials nearly like I used to. I’ve realized it doesn’t do any good.”

Or maybe because Brother Mike drowns him out? Stoops didn’t bite on that one. Or on how he held his tongue in Morgantown, during the West Virginia debacle in November 2012.

But Stoops certainly was at ease over chatting with the public in the middle of a practice or scrimmage.

“Initially I thought I was just doing that for Saturday,” Stoops said. “But I don’t know, I might have one for part of Thursday. I don’t care. I’m going to say what I normally do.”

The open practice Thursday will “be fun to give something to our students. Our athletes get to interact with ‘em, participate a little bit. So we’ll make the most of it.”

The San Antonio News-Express’ Tim Griffin, a long-time Big 12 football writer, was at OU on Tuesday and mentioned to Stoops that he seemed more relaxed than he had in 10 years.

“I don’t know,” Stoops said. “I feel like I usually do. I love spring ball. Every year’s a new year. That’s (last year) gone. I’m on next year. So I don’t feel any different than I usually feel, I don’t feel. So I don’t know how to answer that, to be quite honest with you.

“But I love the way our kids’ attitude, maybe that’s it, they way they’ve worked all winter, how they’ve been. We’ve had very few issues or problems. Maybe that’s part of it. Just the conduct and the attitude the way my guys have worked, has been really positive. That has to do with what they’re doing this year, not anything else.

“We just haven’t had problems. The guys have been awesome in how they’ve worked and their attitude on the field.”

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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