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.”
Oct. 23, 2013
Stoops was asked about the possibility of Missouri winning the SEC East:
“Nice trying to bait me into that. I don’t need to be the center of attention here tomorrow so you guys figure it out.”
Jan. 3, 2014
Stoops was asked if the season made a statement for the Big 12:
“You guys can determine that. I’ve watched Alabama run roughshod over the SEC for the past few years and we didn’t look overwhelmed. I also watched A&M and Missouri the last year or two and they didn’t look overwhelmed. They’ve been in the Big 12 for 100 years and they’ve been in there for two years and they look like they match up pretty well. Enough of that talk. That’s nonsense.”
Jan. 3, 2014
Stoops addressed fans at the airport when the team returned from New Orleans:
“So much for the big, bad wolf, right?”
At ESPN’s “Car Wash” series of interviews, Stoops was repeatedly asked about the SEC and Alabama coach Nick Saban’s comments about the Sugar Bowl being a “consolation game” for the Crimson Tide.
“We weren’t competing for a national championship. So we had the same problem.”
Stoops was also asked about the Big 12’s lack of a championship game and if that hurt the league’s standing.
“If you play a tough out-of-conference schedule with nine conference games, you’re right there with everybody,” Stoops said.
No SEC digs there.
Then Stoops rattled off Texas A&M’s nonconference schedule for this season.
“That isn’t all bad,” Stoops said. “Let’s face it, not everybody in that league is beating everybody.”
Later that week, Texas A&M coach and former OU assistant Kevin Sumlin said he’d be happy to schedule the Sooners.
After Toby Rowland introduced Stoops as “the man who singlehandedly shut up the SEC” at the Oklahoma City Sooner Caravan stop:
“I’m just stating facts. I’m not lying about anything, making anything up. Every now and then, a few things need to be pointed out.”