Former linebacker Travis Lewis likely will, as well. Lewis bowed out of the Combine after running a lackluster 4.88 40-yard dash. He claimed a leg injury, but Stoops he was “yes and no” surprised by the slow time.
“We see a lot of our guys,” he said, “so very little surprises us.”
SOONERS HAVE SPECIAL TEAMS COACH, AFTER ALL
Stoops appeased those clamoring for him to hire a special teams coach by informing everyone that he has one. It's defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright, turns out. Has been since assistant Chris Wilson left.
“I always have (had a special teams coach),” he said. “Coach Wright is our special teams coordinator. I don't know why people think we don't have one, but we do.”
Stoops said Wright assigns the other assistants areas of concentration.
“Well, he's responsible for them all, ultimately, but we do have different … all our coaches work them,” he said. “We have three or four people on every one – just like everybody else.”
Stoops did say if he could add a 10th assistant, it would be a special teams-specific position.
STOOPS TALKS SCHEDULE, COMPLIMENTS HIS BOSS
Stoops complimented athletic director Joe Castiglione with doing the best he could to put together the 2012 schedule. With TCU going from a non-conference to conference game, it created a lot of headaches for Castiglione.
“I tried everything,” said Castiglione, leaving today to work with the NCAA's basketball selection committee.
OU wound up with a road game (at UTEP) to start the season, followed by a home opener against an FCS school (Florida A&M). It could have been worse, though. The Sooners avoided two FCS teams, for one.
Florida State called wanting a game. Stoops said OU would have considered it, but FSU wanted the Sooners to return to Tallahassee for a second consecutive year.
“They didn't seem to want to come here,” he said. “We didn't need to go there again, did we?”