“I'm not going to sit here and define everything about our family,” Stoops said. “At the end of the day he went with Mike and it's worked out really well.”
Mark ended up as Mike's defensive coordinator at Arizona, a better position than Bob could offer (defensive backs coach at OU). When Mike left it was a slam dunk Brent Venables was going to be promoted to defensive coordinator.
After six years as Mike's defensive coordinator, Mark left for Florida State last year.
“He's had great experiences,” Stoops said. “There is a lot to learn when you go into a difficult rebuilding job like they did at Arizona. Obviously, his experiences have done well for him. He's doing great. He's doing a little better than I wish he was this week.”
Mark Stoops didn't do so well last season when the Sooners romped to a 47-17 win in Norman.
“It's a rotten place to be because I appreciate the way we played,” Stoops said after last year's game. “But you cannot separate blood. I just don't like it. And I knew going into the game that I didn't. I'm positive of it now after the game.”
It's a situation Bob Stoops could face every year if the rumors are true.
Ironically, Arizona plays Thursday night at Boone Pickens Stadium. Since the Sooners have a bye week, will Bob drive up I-35 to see his brother?
“No,” Stoops said. “I (only) go to Stillwater when I have to.”
His primary focus is preparing for the Seminoles just like his brother, Mark, will be devising ways to avenge last year's loss. Still, Stoops looks forward to Sept. 18.
“It will be good to get this game behind us so we can start talking again, sharing ideas again,” Stoops said.