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OU caravan: Bob Stoops discusses college football issues

The Sooner football coach was not as controversial as last year, but there was still plenty to talk about during caravan stop in Tulsa.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 5, 2014
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                 OU fan John Douglas, who is 11 years old and from Tulsa, gets a football signed by OU coach Bob Stoops during Thursday’s Sooner Caravan stop in Tulsa. 
                   
                 
                 
                   Photo by JAMES GIBBARD, Tulsa World
OU fan John Douglas, who is 11 years old and from Tulsa, gets a football signed by OU coach Bob Stoops during Thursday’s Sooner Caravan stop in Tulsa. Photo by JAMES GIBBARD, Tulsa World

TULSA — Last season at Oklahoma’s Caravan stop in Tulsa, Sooners coach Bob Stoops fired shots at the SEC, saying the conference’s mystique and reputation was the result of “propaganda that gets fed to you.”

Thursday, as Stoops returned to the city for this summer’s caravan stop, he wasn’t so controversial.

“Be nice today,” Stoops said starting out his media session. “I got in too much trouble last year at this time of year. You guys got me in all kind of hot water.”

There was still plenty to talk about, especially the recent talk in college football of major schools breaking away to form a “Division IV” and implementing an early signing period.

“You know, it may,” Stoops said about the possibility of a fourth division in NCAA football. “There’s legitimate reasons for it, maybe. Everything evolves —morphs — into certain, you know, what people want. What everybody else feels is the right thing to do for our student-athletes, for what the public wants, on and on and on. So we’ll see. There’s some legitimate reasons it makes sense.”

The change, though, shouldn’t go too far, Stoops said.

“I think the amateur model in what we’ve been doing for such a long time is incredibly positive,” he said. “Look at our TV ratings. So let’s be careful in how we proceed.”

Earlier this week, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, a former Stoops assistant and fellow Youngstown, Ohio, product, had a suggestion that would shake college football.

Instead of just adding an early signing period so high school players didn’t have to wait until February, Pelini suggested doing away with signing periods completely.

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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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