Bob Stoops described Alabama coach Nick Saban as a “very good friend” Monday, saying their relationship goes back a few decades.
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.
“He would travel through our school and my dad, being an assistant, would be at the school a lot,” Bob Stoops said. “My dad got to know Coach Saban really well. There was a time or two Mark's senior year when he was playing up at Michigan State, Coach Saban and his wife Terry would invite my mother and father and whoever was with them over to his home after the game.”
Bob Stoops also said that when Saban was coaching with the Cleveland Browns, he would go watch the team practice and study its defense.
“That's where it all started,” Stoops said. “Whether we're at different coaches conventions or when we call each other to trade ideas, we've done that. Through the years it has become that way.”
ALEXANDER WITHSTOOD PRESSURE, STAYED COMMITTED TO OU
Linebacker Dominique Alexander has played an important role on Oklahoma's defense this season as a true freshman, and he said sticking with his commitment to OU and trusting its coaches has paid off.
Alexander was originally committed to Arkansas, but switched to OU in November 2012. Several other schools recruited him as a safety.
“The schools that wanted me to play safety were just telling me I could come in and start right away, and that me playing linebacker at OU, I probably wasn't gonna play because they've got that one-linebacker system,” Alexander said. “It's all about trust, and you've just gotta believe your coach.”