“No concerns,” Stoops said nonchalantly. “We’ll have plenty. We’ll have guys out there. We’ll be better than you think, I believe. Believe me. At receivers. All right. Everybody just relax. We just got to go out and coach ’em. We’ll be OK.”
BOUND FOR DOWN UNDER
Sherri Coale and the women’s basketball team will be leaving the country on Aug. 7 to go on a tour. Per NCAA regulations, a team is allowed one foreign tour every four years. The team will be going to Australia, so they have already started practice.
“I know. I know it’s a tough job,” Coale said, “but somebody had to do it.”
AN NCAA FIRST
For the first time, the NCAA is allowing basketball coaches and players to practice for two hours per week in the summertime. OU men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger talked about the positives of the NCAA change.
“The opportunity to work in the summer time is great, not just from a basketball perspective, but you get to know them more,” Kruger said. “Especially with the freshman; you get a chance to help them with that transition a little more regularly.”
Kruger has four freshman coming in, but he said there is a good core coming back from last year’s team.
“We’ve got five or six new guys who are bringing in great energy and great passion,” Kruger said. “It will be a lot more competitive internally, which is good.”
GIRL POWER STOOPS
Stoops stood on stage and raised his hand.
“I want to join,” he said as the crowd roared in laughter. Coale had brought up membership for the Sooner Stilettos, a support club for OU women’s basketball.
Stoops was on a joke roll. Earlier in the night, Gabe Ikard was able to tell the crowd one thing they didn’t know about Coach Stoops.
“Everyone else has to park real far away, and right in front of the locker room is a spot for the head football coach,” Ikard said. “And half the time, there’s a pink, Mary Kay Cadillac. We all get really confused out there.”
Stoops’ wife, Carol, is a Mary Kay national sales director, the highest rank on the independent sales side of the company. Stoops said he would drive that vehicle any chance he got.
“Gabe,” Stoops said. “It takes a big man to drive a pink Cadillac in front of 105 guys.”