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OU coach Bob Stoops says he'd hire brother Mike Stoops again

University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday that he'd hire his brother Mike again if he ‘had enough money to.' Mike Stoops was fired as the University of Arizona's head football coach on Monday.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, Published: October 11, 2011

On whether underclassmen should go pro:

“I talk year-round about the advantages and disadvantages and the whole process of it. Our guys get tired of hearing about it. … To me, it's all about understanding the process.

“In the summer, they work with some people that can advise them and talk to them about it. I don't mind that agents want to talk to them in the summer. We orchestrate that and do it through our office, so it's done properly – as opposed to behind the door somewhere. It's really just about being smart about it.”

On advice for Landry Jones' 2012 stock:

“It's not up to me to do that. I'm not going to advise him whether he should or shouldn't. I want him to really make an educated (decision) and have a full understanding of all it entails. For instance, look at the history of the draft and how many guys went out as quarterbacks that had another year, compared to the guys who didn't.

“Who knows this system and game better than Archie Manning? His two sons were pretty special. They didn't go out early. It's worked out pretty good for them. Seems to have worked out pretty good for Sam (Bradford).”

On perceived SEC bias:

“What everybody keeps bringing up is they've won the last championships, five championships. Until (someone else wins one), they're going to say they're the best. Whatever conference wins one, then they'll be the best from them on. Maybe. Or maybe not. We'll see how that goes, if it ever happens. I'm not much on it. I've got too much to do working on Kansas.”

On Brandon Williams' late fumble vs. Texas:

“I don't expect that, young or old. But that's some of why he doesn't play more than he does, as well as being assignment-responsible. There's a lot he needs to keep improving on.”

On kick return woes in past few years:

“I feel this group has really covered well all year. The average is under 20 yards. That's pretty positive. Whatever's happened other years, I don't much care, because those guys aren't playing on this team. … (Against Texas) it's pretty obvious on tape that our positioning on blocks was pretty poor. They hit it.”

On practices this week, guarding against similar letdown to post-FSU:

“I believe we're past that. We understand it takes a really sound, businesslike approach. Really good teams – championship-type teams – get better throughout the year.”


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