“At the end of the day, you’ve gotta be able to have some kind of say on your players,” Stoops said. “Or just to stop in and watch a workout. Not to penalize or find problems, but just to put your arm around a kid. Motivate them. Make them feel good.
“Why wouldn’t I be able to go over there, put my arm around a guy and talk to them about whatever’s going on? Now you can do that.”
As far as day-to-day activities during the summer, Stoops doesn’t expect much to change. He said Jerry Schmidt and his strength and conditioning staff will still supervise and lead summer workouts, and he doesn’t expect that he or his assistants will be out there every single day.
Another major benefit for Stoops? The ability to spend a couple hours a week studying film with incoming players.
“I don’t see it benefiting juniors, seniors, our guys sitting in the room with them evaluating tape; we do that constantly throughout the spring,” Stoops said. “It’d be redundant. But for freshman, or incoming junior-college guys, it’s a great advantage to be able to start them getting to understand terminology and specifics of what you want them to do.”