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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops knows how much Bill Snyder loves coaching

Stoops: “I know how much he enjoys the game and the preparations.”
by Jason Kersey Published: September 17, 2012

NORMAN — Oklahoma's Bob Stoops has coached alongside and against Kansas State's Bill Snyder for close to 20 years.

Stoops gave insight during his Monday press conference into Snyder, the coach and the swimmer.

The Coach

Stoops knows Snyder, so it never came as a shock to him when Snyder retired and then, like so many athletes and coaches do, decided to return to coaching.

“He doesn't do anything without a lot of thought, but then again I know how much he enjoys the game and the preparations ...,” Stoops said. “Coach is a great competitor, he's a great coach. So in the end, that's probably there and he's thinking, ‘Hey, this is what I do.' And he's going to do it longer.”

The Swimmer

Knowing Snyder as well as he does, it didn't take Stoops long to think of something that not many people know about Bill Snyder.

“Way back ... I think  he was a swimmer,” Stoops said. “He liked to swim for exercise. Sorry, Coach. Hopefully he's not mad that I let that out of the bag. I think it's been a while though.”

Stoops realized that Snyder liked to swim when he visited him at his home in Manhattan, Kan., and saw a swimming lane installed in his pool.


Dominique Whaley or Damien Williams?

The story of the running back who went from walk-on to injured to scholarship player, or the story of the running back who went from junior college to Oklahoma history books in his first two games?

After two games, Whaley has 117 rushing yards. Williams has 259.

Who is Oklahoma's No. 1 running back?

Stoops won't say.

“What's it matter?” Stoops said from the podium during his weekly press conference. “They're both going to play and so is Brennan Clay.”


Kansas State sophomore Tyler Lockett, a former Tulsa Washington standout, was named the Big 12 Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.

North Texas took an early 7-0 lead Saturday on the Wildcats, but Lockett returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. It was his third career kick return for a touchdown; he now sits alone in second place in K-State history. Lockett is two away from tying the school record.

He finished the night with 119 yards on two kickoff returns.


Stoops used to coach with Doug Klein, father of Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. The two worked together on the sideline at Kent State (Ohio), where Stoops served as the defensive end coach, and Doug Klein coached the quarterbacks.

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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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