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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Crimson Tide, Texas A&M's schedule and more

While rolling through the ESPN ‘car wash’ on Wednesday, the OU coach wasn’t afraid to speak his mind.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 23, 2014

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops didn’t fire the first shots at the SEC this time around.

But Stoops, in Bristol, Conn., on Wednesday to go through the ESPN “car wash” slate of interviews, had no reservations about firing back.

Stoops shot back at the notion that Alabama wasn’t prepared or motivated in the Sugar Bowl, defended his previous comments about the SEC and took aim at Texas A&M’s schedule while making the case that the lack of a conference championship wouldn’t hurt the Sooners in the new College Football Playoff as he bounced between ESPN programs.

A day earlier, Alabama coach Nick Saban bemoaned his team’s preparations for the Sugar Bowl, saying “it was a little bit like trying to get them to play in a consolation game.”

Stoops scoffed at the idea the Crimson Tide weren’t prepared when asked about Saban’s comments Tuesday afternoon at Big 12 Media Days.

A day later, Stoops was asked again to respond on “College Football Live,” the same platform where Saban made his comments.

“We weren’t competing for the national championship,” Stoops said. “So we had the same problem.”

Saban didn’t seem to have a problem with his team’s preparations just before the Sugar Bowl.

“I’ve been pleased with the way our team has prepared, the way we’ve practiced for this game,” Saban said a day before his Crimson Tide fell 45-31 to Oklahoma.

Stoops was continually asked about his comments on the SEC last year and the statement made with the bowl win as he appeared on “SportsCenter,” “First Take,” “SVP and Russillo” and other ESPN programs throughout the visit.

“What am I saying that’s false?” Stoops said on “SVP and Russillo.” “Truth is truth and I’m here to answer whatever you ask me about.

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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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