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

“If somebody has offered a kid, let him sign, it’s over,” Pelini told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “That will stop some of the things that are happening — people just throwing out offers, some of them with really no intention of taking a kid.”

Stoops didn’t go that far, although he didn’t openly dismiss the idea.

“I don’t know. I’m not agreeing with it, but there’s probably some merit to that,” Stoops said. “Every young man’s different in his commitment and what he wants.”

So, Stoops said, an early signing period makes sense.

“Because more and more players are coming at mid-year,” Stoops said. “Some people have six (or) eight guys step in at mid year. Well, those high school kids ought to have a chance to sign so they have their moment in the sun and their signing period Dec. 19, 20, whenever that is. Coordinate it around the junior college signing. That, to me, makes the most sense.”

The Sooners had two high school players join the team in January this season—quarterback Justice Hansen and running back Dimitri Flowers.

Some players choose to return to their high schools in February for a signing ceremony while others forego a signing completely.

Before he talked about those issues, though, Stoops still alluded to his comments a year ago.

Last season, the SEC failed to win the national championship for the first time in eight years, and the Sooners whipped Alabama 45-31.

“Not too bad,” Stoops said of the aftermath of those comments. “Nobody had much to say after it.”


by Ryan Aber
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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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