“I'm not really comfortable with that, to a certain extent,” Gundy said. “We've had guys over the years who may have missed a curfew on a Thursday night and we didn't play them in the next game. I don't know if we've ever suspended a guy for games. In our opinion, you're either all in and playing or you're not.”
I don't claim to know which method is more effective. I do know that a bunch of Sooners seem to have found Stoops' disciplinary doghouse the last couple of years. He might should consider different forms of punishment.
“Kids make mistakes,” said Mike Stoops, who has returned to OU as defensive coordinator after eight years as Arizona's head coach. “The culture of kids is different, their upbringings. You try to educate them, teach them the right way to do things.
“No one wants to dismiss a player. Players think that sometimes. It's crazy. They get rid of themselves.”
Bob Stoops still has not cleared the reinstated players to play in games and says he won't anytime soon. Says they will sit out at least “multiple games.”
Still, Stoops has displayed uncommon patience with Reynolds and Franks (who at least twice has been suspended). But he's also had an apparent quick trigger. Rhett Bomar was booted from the team in the twinkling of an eye, after NCAA violations came to light. And Bomar meant a whole lot more to the 2006 Sooners than these guys do to the 2012 version.
“You have patience when you can,” Stoops said. “Certain degrees, the patience is over, you've done all you can and they're not willing to do things that you feel need to be done to improve.”
But he thinks back to success stories, some we know, like Broyles and Dusty Dvoracek, and some we don't, “that are pretty special. They finally figure it out and they're better for it.”
And Father Flanagan walks a little taller. If he wins a few more ballgames, all the better.
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