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Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops: Don't move date of OU-Texas game

By John Helsley, Staff Writer Modified: September 27, 2010 at 11:28 am •  Published: September 27, 2010

During his 12 seasons as Oklahoma coach, Bob Stoops has developed an appreciation of the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry and its history and tradition.

So much so, he doesn't favor moving the date if the changing Big 12 finds itself needing marquee games for later in the season.

With Nebraska and Colorado leaving the league after this school year, and the Big 12 championship game ceasing to exist, there has been talk of moving some matchups to late November or even early December.

Stoops prefers preserving a history that includes Fletcher Corny Dogs and Big Tex and the Tilt-a-Whirl.

"Yeah, because I don't see the Texas State Fair changing," Stoops said during Monday's Big 12 teleconference. "And with the history and tradition for both schools, if I didn't like it and tried to change it, they'd probably fire me that day.

"I've got to say, it's exciting. It's everything you want out of college football. So I don't know why you'd go changing it."

What Stoops had to say on other topics...

On how different Texas looks without Colt McCoy:

"Kind of like different for us when we don't have Sam Bradford. They're different players. Sometimes, that's an obvious difference. But (Garrett) Gilbert, I've seen him play well.

"A lot of what they're doing, a lot of it is similar. They have some wrinkles, whether in the bowl game or in some other games. But very similar to what they've been."

On making sure wide receiver Ryan Broyles gets his touches:

"Ryan's a great competitor and an amazing receiver. We do our best to move him around and try to make it difficult for defenses to zero in on him and work coverages on him... give him a lot of opportunities with the football."

On Broyles' growth from earlier career problems:

Recap: OU, 31 - Cincinnati, 29

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