The youngest Stoops brother is trying to follow in his siblings' footsteps.
Mark Stoops, the current defensive coordinator at Florida State, recently spoke to FloridaToday.com about his desire to become a Division I head coach.
This year, Stoops will guide what many believe will be one of the best defenses in the nation. But soon after, one of the nation's most popular coordinators hopes to become the third in his family to direct a major college football program.
“I'm just working hard to do my job and preparing myself the best I can to be a better and better coach,” Stoops said to FloridaToday.com. “I appreciate the structure and the organization and the leadership that I've been afforded the opportunity to sit here and be a part of. It makes me a better coach working here in this organization.”
STOOPS DOESN'T SEE RULE CHANGE “CHANGING” KICKS
Back in February, the NCAA changed the rules for college football kickoffs. The ball will be moved up five yards from the 30-yard line to the 35.
In addition, no player on the kicking team is allowed to line up behind the 30-yard line for the play. The NCAA said this is to limit the running start for the kicking team, but OU coach Bob Stoops doesn't see it affecting how it changing how kicker Michael Hunnicutt kicks it.
“The real dilemma is going to be the amount of time in the air and if you catch it a couple yards deep, you really want to bring it out,” Stoops said. “They're five yards closer. You know are you going to get it past the 25. I think the biggest thing will be just determining how long it's been in the air and whether you want to risk sprinting it out or not.”
LANDRY JONES: ‘You have to control … how you react to things'
Quarterback Landry Jones, and the way he's perceived by a vocal portion of Oklahoma fans, has often been a hot discussion topic during over his long tenure as the starter.
The anti-Jones rhetoric became even louder late last season, when Jones went the final three regular-season games without a touchdown pass following Ryan Broyles' season-ending ACL tear. Backup quarterback Blake Bell rushed for 11 of OU's final 14 touchdowns of the year.
Jones was asked after practice Monday about how he deals with the pressure and criticism that comes with being the Sooners' starting quarterback.
“You just have to realize what you are capable of and what you are out there to do and leave everything else kind of off to the side,” Jones said. “You have to focus on what you can control. Those other outside deals or what people are saying to you … You have to control your emotions and how you react to things.”
Jones, who became OU's starter as a redshirt freshman in 2009 after Heisman winner Sam Bradford's injuries, needs just four wins to become the Sooners' all-time winningest quarterback. He's the school's all-time leader in career passing yards, touchdowns, attempts and completions.
Dom Whaley's high school coach, Brett Manning, on Whaley's return: “It's a great story. It's one of those classic American stories. You work hard and you be patient and you take advantage of opportunities and you can do anything. It's a great deal for him and it's a great story for college football.”
Compiled by Stephanie Kuzydym, Jason Kersey and Anthony Slater