OU football notebook: Bob Stoops is a Tom Izzo fan

Izzo, the longtime Michigan State basketball coach, called Stoops to express his dismay with officiating calls during the Sooners’ 34-33 loss to the Oregon Ducks in 2006.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: April 2, 2014

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he’d never spoken to Tom Izzo until after the Oregon officiating debacle in September 2006, when the Sooners were victim of some very questionable calls late in a 34-33 loss to the Ducks.

Izzo, the longtime Michigan State basketball coach, called Stoops to express his dismay with the calls.

“Blankety-blank, bleep, bleep, bleep,” Stoops recalled Izzo saying during that conversation.

“I’ve been a huge fan of his, just watching him, but after that, I’m all for him.”

Although Michigan State didn’t reach the Final Four, Stoops has connections to three of the schools that did. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez coached Stoops at Iowa many years ago; Stoops was defensive coordinator at Florida before taking the OU job; and his brother Mark is the head football coach at Kentucky.

Also, Wisconsin senior Zach Bohannon’s father, Gordy, was Iowa’s quarterback when Stoops played there in the early 1980s.

“I like all those guys,” Stoops said. “I don’t have any Connecticut ties.”


Oklahoma tight ends coach Jay Boulware said it’s “awesome” having former quarterback Blake Bell in his meeting room, and that he thinks Bell has a bright future at the position.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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