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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops quietens down after starting several firestorms

College football fans can thank Bob Stoops for a more interesting offseason. Stoops' comments about paying players, the SEC and transfer restrictions drew plenty of attention during the time of year when fans crave football chatter.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 30, 2013

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The SEC? I blogged about it in May. Stoops has some points about the lower division of the nation's best football conference. But the SEC's upper division is so stout, until a team from some other league wins the national title, you're better off letting any criticism ride. No one wants to hear it.

Supporting Gundy by limiting transfers' options? Stoops basically said it's something he never has done and probably never would do, but he supports his fellow coaches who feel the need to protect their program. Stoops defended the rule that allows coaches to restrict where transferring players can receive a scholarship, saying it deters transfers. Which is nonsense. The rule that requires players to sit out a season deters transfers. Coaches restricting destinations is just punitive. Bullying for bullying sake.

If Stoops keeps up this descent of common sense, there's no telling what he'll say in three weeks at Big 12 Media Days.

“I don't care, to be honest with you,” Stoops said of making news. “I couldn't care less. It has no effect. It just fills up readers. Listen, it feeds what everybody wants to put out there. It's all fluff.”

Maybe so. But like cotton candy, people gorge on such stuff. College football fans thank Stoops for an interesting offseason and add, please don't stop now.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at 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

by Berry Tramel
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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