Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops describes close relationship with Nick Saban

Stoops said that when Saban was an assistant coach at Michigan State in the 1980s, he recruited Mike and possibly Mark Stoops when they were playing at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: December 17, 2013

OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops experimented with one-linebacker schemes, and sometimes didn't play linebackers at all, late last season in an attempt to combat the Big 12's high-powered spread offenses.

“I was pretty firm with OU,” Alexander said. “I've just gotta pray and believe in God, you know, whatever God tells me to do, me and my family, that's what I'm gonna do.”


Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel wouldn't tip his hand Tuesday when asked about his offensive strategy for the Sooners' Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl matchup with Alabama.

“We used a little bit of everything in the last ballgame,” Heupel said. “Finding who gives us the best chance and the style of offense that gives us the best chance is something we're gonna continue to work through.”

The game plan will probably determine who plays quarterback against the Crimson Tide. If the Sooners choose to attack Alabama with a run-heavy option plan, redshirt freshman Trevor Knight would likely be the guy.

But if OU wants to run a more pass-heavy attack, junior Blake Bell would probably be the better option.

“We'll have a mixture of a little bit of everything heading into the Sugar Bowl and try to give ourselves a chance to win the ballgame,” Heupel said.


Sophomore linebacker Eric Striker, on the Big 12 vs. SEC element to the Sugar Bowl matchup:

“I think that's all talk. Football is football. People get into this SEC-Big 12. … I don't buy into that. … No. Screw it. It's football. The best team's gonna win.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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