“We don't listen to any of that stuff,” Ikard said. “Those guys have the right to say whatever they want to say. We know how hard we work here, all the time we put in. I assure you that they didn't do anything more than we did.
“We're going through the same system as they went through. Maybe we haven't had the results they had, and they wanna pin it on that, they can say what they want to.”
Of course, it's not just former Sooners down on the program. Colvin and Ikard were the only two players selected to the media's preseason All-Big 12 team, a surprisingly low number of OU representatives on a squad usually full of them.
Oklahoma will break in a new starting quarterback this season, and also must replace seven starters from a 2012 defense that allowed an average of 43 points and 581.25 yards over its last five games.
Even Stoops has admitted that last year's 10-3 record and co-Big 12 championship — shared with a Kansas State team that beat OU in Norman — wasn't good enough. He's consistently said as much, and showed his displeasure by firing three assistant coaches in February.
“We needed to win 12 or 13 games instead of 10,” Stoops said Tuesday. “Ten isn't good enough and co-champs isn't good enough. We're trying to overall do everything in our program a little better. Hopefully we'll coach better. Hopefully our players have worked harder in the offseason to be more prepared to make plays when they can make them. That's what we're trying to do.”