Q&A with Bob Stoops: OU football coach talks about new Big 12, Nebraska departure

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: June 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm •  Published: June 21, 2010

Bob Stoops and his wife Carol made the trek to Omaha to support the Oklahoma baseball team.

During a lengthy rain delay at Rosenblatt Stadium, Stoops took time to chat with a few reporters on the hot topic of recent weeks: realignment.

Now that the dust has settled, how do you feel about the way have things have shaken out with the Big 12?

The dust wasn't bothering me. So, in the end, as everybody likes to say, it is what it is.

Are you happy with how things turned out?

I have to be, since that's how it turned out, right? We'll see moving forward.

Are you optimistic everyone can move forward peacefully, given the acrimony and harsh feelings that came from the process?

I'm not in those meetings. Coaches, we aren't the ones making those decisions. I don't know why it wouldn't be. You move forward. We still have a strong product, obviously.

Losing Nebraska, what do you think the impact of that will be?

We'll see. No one knows. We don't know what the impact will be for them in five years. We don't know what it will be for us in five years. We still have a very strong product, or we wouldn't be joined the way we are and maybe have the TV market and all that we have. It sounds like TV wise we'll be very similar to what we have been.

Have you talked to (Nebraska coach) Bo Pelini?

I talked to him after the fact. He felt the same way. He goes, 'People want to know is this a good thing?' Like he said, 'Talk to me in five years and we'll see how it's all worked out for everybody.'

Would you interested in maintaining a relationship with Nebraska on the schedule?

Yes, we'll stick them in between Cincinnati and Florida State. If we had a non-conference schedule like a lot of other teams, it would be awesome. But we don't. Something's got to change. If they're willing to do it, we'll have to make some serious adjustments in our schedule. I mean, we've got Notre Dame coming, LSU coming, Ohio State. We play a very difficult out-of-conference schedule. To stick them in between is not very realistic.