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Oklahoma's Bob Stoops is clearly No. 1 in Big 12

Published: August 10, 2008
How about this for a theory: Bob Stoops is too good for his own good.

Stoops, not for the first time, last week faced a loaded line of questioning built around his 2000 national title – and his run without another since then.

"Is there ever a concern that winning early, you have to live up to that success for the rest of your career?” Stoops was asked in reference to his stunning Year 2 conquest.

How's that for "what have you done for me lately” — to an extreme.

The Sooner coach's response: "Why would it? Isn't that what everyone goes after? I'd much rather win one than not, let's just answer it that way.”

It's not like Stoops and the Sooners have taken a tumble.

They've won and won big. Excluding his debut takeover season in 1999, Stoops and his teams' 90 wins are more than any other program during that time. OU's played for two more national titles and appeared in five more BCS bowls since that Sooner Magic-al 2000 season.

Yeah, there have been a few hiccups, two straight Fiesta Bowl setbacks among them, if you're searching for warts. And that's being really nitpicky.

Grading a coach by national championship standards? That's a wicked curve.

Think fans of premier programs like Notre Dame, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Penn State and Tennessee would offer their mascot's right arm (paw? hoof?) to be in such a spot?

Same for folks around the Big 12, where Stoops-led teams keep getting in their way.

The Big 12 has held a dozen championship games since its formation in 1996.

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