The Sooners may have had the day off, but the Stoops family still had a rooting interest over the weekend
The Stoopses gathered at the house Saturday night to watch Iowa upset fifth-ranked Penn State on the road.
"My wife walked around the house all day and made a proclamation early in the day to my children that she was going to yell ‘Go Hawks’ at least 10 times until the game,” said Stoops, who met his wife, Carol
, when the two were in college at Iowa. "She did, and we sat down as a family and rooted our alma mater on. It was fun. Good win for them.”
Another game Stoops had his eye on Saturday was Houston-Texas Tech. Both schools are coached by former Stoops assistants: Kevin Sumlin
at Houston, and Leach at Tech.
In a game that went down to the wire, Sumlin’s Cougars prevailed with a 29-28 victory.
"I made a call to Coach Sumlin to congratulate him,” Stoops said. "I didn’t think that Mike would be in any mood to return my call.”
Break in action
While Stoops was watching football on television, he gave the team the entire weekend off during OU’s bye week.
Some players left Norman. Receiver/running back Mossis Madu
flew to California to watch his brother play in a JUCO game.
The majority of the team, however, found things to do in the Oklahoma City area. Wide receiver Brandon Caleb
went to the state fair with a couple of friends.
Stoops said he thought with the days off his players came back rejuvenated.
"Having the weekend off was a positive,” Stoops said. "There was a lot more excitement and spring in their step (Monday).”
Stoops was asked if he felt current hard-hitting Sooner safety Quinton Carter
resembled former OU safety Brandon Everage
, who was an all-conference performer in Norman earlier this decade.
"Yeah, he does a lot, and Brandon was an excellent player here,” Stoops said. "Quinton’s very physical, a great hitter, he covers well and he’s a strong player. We’re excited he’s out there.”
Miami injury update
The Hurricanes expect to be healthier for the Sooners than they were in a 31-7 loss to Virginia Tech.
Wide receiver Aldarius Johnson
, defensive end Andrew Smith
and defensive tackle Marcus Forston
, who all missed the Virginia Tech game with various injuries, should play against OU, Miami coach Randy Shannon
However, starting safety Randy Phillips
, who was knocked out at Virginia Tech with an injured arm, is questionable.
"If he can do contact Wednesday, he’ll play on Saturday,” Shannon told the Palm Beach Post. "If he doesn’t, we have to go with someone else.”