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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops on SEC comments — 'Oh, get over it'

On Saturday, Stoops was asked what he thought about the outcry from SEC country about his previous comments. “Oh get over it,” Stoops said. “Again, where am I lying?”
by Ryan Aber Published: August 2, 2014

Once again, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked about his comments over the last year and a half regarding the SEC.

Yet again, Stoops had a response dialed up.

On Saturday, Stoops was asked what he thought about the outcry from SEC country about his previous comments.

“Oh get over it,” Stoops said. “Again, where am I lying?”

It’s the latest in a string of back-and-forth comments about the league that had won seven consecutive national titles before last year.

A timeline of Stoops comments regarding the SEC:

May 8, 2013

Stoops was asked about closing the gap between the SEC and other conferences:

“Well, it depends on what gap you’re talking about. What are the bottom six doing?... It depends on who you want to listen to. Listen, they’ve had the best team in college football, meaning they've won the national championship. That doesn't mean everything else is always the best."

He continued: “So you're listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed to you. You’re more than smart enough to figure it out. Again, you can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they doing? What'd we (the Big 12) have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year? Again, you figure it all out."

July 23, 2013

He was asked at Big 12 Media Days about the notion that the Big 12 defenses weren’t good.

“Obviously we're playing defense, or everybody's out there trying to play it. Some of the criticism is fair in that we haven't performed as well. Obviously you look at the quarterbacks and the offenses, they have something to do with that. I watched Texas A&M take a Big 12 offense and go through the whole SEC schedule and end up third in the nation in total offense and scoring offense. I don't know how that happened when they played all those great defenses. Anyway, there's five or six teams in our league that run that same offense. It makes it a little tougher.”

Oct. 2, 2013

Stoops was asked about Georgia’s quarterbacks’ high pass efficiency rating:

“How’s that happening playing all those SEC defenses? I still don’t know how A&M was third in the country in total offense and scoring offense playing all those SEC defenses. I have no idea how that happened. Oh, they’ve got a quarterback, that’s right.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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