Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners coach Bob Stoops questions crowning of multiple champs

BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: November 29, 2011

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops mentioned Saturday, after the Iowa State win, that he didn't understand why the Big 12 would possibly recognize multiple champions this season.

By his Tuesday news conference in advance of Bedlam, he had become even more entrenched on the topic.

“Yeah, I don't get that,” Stoops said.

But that's precisely what the Big 12 has said it will do if OU defeats Oklahoma State this week. It could be a three-way tie at 7-2, actually, if Kansas State defeats Iowa State.

Of course, there's the little matter of head-to-head matchups. Oklahoma would have victories against both – and both wins would have come on the road. The Sooners would be the one headed to the Bowl Championship Series with a win Saturday.

Of particular irritation to the Stoops is the fact that the Big 12 had a glowing marketing campaign this summer centered on the idea of “one, true champion.” Now it's talking about two – or more.

“They can do what they want,” Stoops said of the league. “Did you ask them what happened to their whole promotion of the ‘one true champion'? You should have. That's all I heard for two days on the whole Big 12 coaches media circuit down there.

“I kind of took offense to it because we won seven of them. I thought they were all true ones. I thought they were changing it that this was going to be the one true one and I guess they reneged on that. That doesn't make much sense to me. I'll let them explain it.”

Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy said Monday that, hypothetically, he would prefer the “one, true champion” logic hold if OU won.

“I figured Mike would,” Stoops said. “If you're playing each other, it's pretty simple. If you weren't, then I get that. Some of the Big Ten ones, they didn't have a championship game and two teams didn't play each other. That makes sense.”

Of note, OU lists that Barry Switzer won 12 Big Eight titles. Of those, eight were outright.

WILLIAMS BANGED UP, BUT SHOULD PLAY VS. COWBOYS

Stoops said Monday he didn't know of any injury to freshman running back Brandon Williams, just after Williams limped from the practice field.



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