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Oklahoma football: Professional worlds collide for Carol and Bob Stoops

The Big 12 Media Days coincide with the Mary Kay Cosmetics seminar at the Omni Dallas Hotel.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 22, 2014

— In a crowded hallway of the Omni Dallas Hotel, a woman in a bright red tweed jacket — one of many making the walk from the convention center — stopped and asked a question.

“What is the Big 12?” she asked, pointing to a sign that marked one of several television interview rooms.

Informed it was a college athletics conference, she asked, “Doesn’t Carol Stoops’ husband have something to do with that?”

A floor above, at the Big 12 Media Days, Bob Stoops was the star. He’s the most successful coach in the league and contended with Texas’ Charlie Strong for the largest media throng.

Downstairs, where the massive Mary Kay Cosmetics seminar dwarfs the number of attendees talking football, Carol is the show-stealer.

The professional worlds of Bob and Carol Stoops collided Tuesday at the hotel.

On the third floor, the Oklahoma football coach ruled the room, going through a mostly relaxed and easygoing interview session that lasted nearly 90 minutes.

An escalator ride down to the second floor, though, and things changed dramatically.

While waiting for various television and radio interviews in a hallway mostly removed from the large crowd of reporters upstairs, Bob was more of a novelty for the thousands of women streaming by as they made their way to the connected Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center for the cosmetics seminar.

Carol is one of a few hundred national sales directors for Mary Kay.

During the 18-day seminar, which Carol Stoops arrived at Friday and will leave Wednesday as groups shuttle through, more than 30,000 people are expected to take part.

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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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