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Oklahoma football: More on Bob Stoops' job responsibilities

by Berry Tramel Modified: June 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm •  Published: June 6, 2014
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OU fan John Douglas, 11, from Tulsa poses next to OU football head coach Bob Stoops after having his football signed during the annual OU Sooner Caravan stop in Tulsa, Okla., taken on June 5, 2014. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
OU fan John Douglas, 11, from Tulsa poses next to OU football head coach Bob Stoops after having his football signed during the annual OU Sooner Caravan stop in Tulsa, Okla., taken on June 5, 2014. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World

I wrote about Bob Stoops and coaching salaries in the Friday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. But Stoops had some other things to say about his job requirements that were fairly interesting. I thought I would share:

On fundraising: “I find we have with President Boren, Joe Castiglione and on and on and our leadership, they’re behind it. I’m fortunate that going on 16 years, I’m very good friends with so many of these people (donors) that it isn’t to me so much fundraising as this is my view and our view and what we’d like to do. I can’t say that I’m any kind of lead fundraiser my any means. I think, and I’m confident, our people get what has to continue to happen.”

On trying to retain players, either keeping them ineligible or out of trouble: “You don’t want to lose guys. You don’t want attrition to a point. I guess there are some guys who just won’t come on board … at the end of the day, we don’t get to just go and get new guys — free agents or anything like that. The college world has always been this way.”

On having to handle problem players: “When you have 115 young men, those kinds of things here and there are bound to happen. So, then you discipline or you deal with it how you feel is appropriate for what actually happened. That’s been the case forever.”

On if he ever had to be goaded into going to class, back in his Iowa days: “We didn’t have to chase as much in those days. The requirements weren’t what they were today. I modified myself pretty well in that I knew my parameters. I wasn’t going to mess with not playing.”

On new rules, allowing him to work with players, giving him more opportunity to impact their behavior: “Absolutely. It allows you to have a lot more interaction with them, contact with them, all of that. Sometimes, I can’t go grab a guy out of class, but I know when his workout is. If I need to, if there’s been an issue, I can go over there, pull him out of a workout or the second he’s done it, all right let’s go talk, what’s going on here? It just allows you that ability, just like during the season to continually coach, teach, whatever it may be, the young man. ‘What are our issues here, what do we have to do to address it and how are we going to fix it?’ To continually interact with them.”

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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