Stoops said this week that his advice to players reacting to such comments was simple.
“There's small people in this world everywhere,” Stoops said. “You know they're going to do it and hopefully the players are smart enough not to look at it, not to read it or ignore it.
“There's going to be little people who don't compete, who aren't in the arena, who have something to say about it. That's always been the case, they just have different forums to do it now.”
OKLAHOMA CHANGING UP PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY GAME
Oklahoma will practice through Wednesday this week, and then take Thursday and Friday off before returning to work Saturday.
“Our coaches will do some recruiting Thursday and Friday,” Stoops said. “Hopefully the players can get their legs under them, get a chance to recover a little going into this week.
The Sooners' Saturday practice will take the place of their traditional Monday practice, allowing the team to go through a normal game week in preparation for next Thursday night's game at Baylor.
“It's different,” said senior running back Brennan Clay. “It's very different.
“That will be a little bit unorthodox for us. We're gonna treat it as another game week, which it is.”
Senior safety Gabe Lynn, on the team's character: “We've got guys with character and stuff like that, because we had huge losses, as far as like Corey (Nelson), and now Trey (Millard) and Jordan Phillips, and then the loss against Texas. But we're still fighting. Some weeks, the offense might not look as good as it's supposed to be. Some weeks the defense might not look that good, but each time we come back and we just keep getting better and better.”