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OU football: Bob Stoops loves to win, but it's not life and death

The Sooners coach enjoys what he does for a living, but he will not let the job or results on the field consume his personal life.
BY TRAVIS HANEY Published: January 8, 2012

“Anyone who has brought that up, tell them all of that. Now, manage 105 guys. Everything with kids today is harder. With my own children, it's harder. And every year it gets harder.”

For the segment out there that think Schmidt's workouts are causing injuries, or not preventing enough of them, Stoops offers the point that the proper formula of stretching, running and lifting won't stop broken ankles (Dom Whaley), ACL tears (Ryan Broyles), or shots to kidneys (Jaz Reynolds) or spinal cords (Aaron Ripkowski).

“It's not like we've had a bunch of pulls, things like that,” Stoops said. A fair point, to me. Pilates doesn't curb those sorts of things.

Unrelated, but one other thing I took from Stoops this season is that he's good with the balance of football and, well, life.

I suspect that's something he got from Steve Spurrier, who has never been one of those 100-hour-a-week, grind-grind-grind guys. One of those workaholics in the crosshairs, Urban Meyer, even recently commended Stoops for his ability to be a football and family man.

“Every coach has to do it how he feels is best for him,” he said. “You guys know me well enough. I don't need this. I can do a lot of things. It's never going to be a … When it's all done, there'll be a record. So what? What's that going to do for me?

“My wife, my kids, my friendships, my close people … that's what matters. This stuff will go by the wayside at some point. The other stuff you'll keep forever. It will never consume me where I'm going to sacrifice my relationships with people, and relationships with (my) kids and faith, those things. That's what matters.

“This stuff, people get all at me. I know it's important. Shoot, nobody's more competitive. I'm competitive. I want to win. These people think I don't care enough? Try doing it. When I go inside the house, I'm not going to hang my head around for five days. That's not happening. So, sorry if someone wants me to, or they're going to get me to do it.”