Stadium no factor to OU football coach Bob Stoops

By Jake Trotter Modified: November 19, 2008 at 10:19 am •  Published: November 19, 2008
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Many OU fans sided with Stoops.

"This may anger some fans, but it drives me insane that 80,000 people can go completely silent,” responded Richard of Oklahoma City on NewsOK.com. "It’s incredible.”

But Fried, who bought two tickets for Saturday’s showdown, said Sooner fans have always made a difference in big games.

"OU fans tend to be a little more laid back, but when it comes to the big games, they show up as much as anyone,” said Fried, who has attended games at Florida, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Ohio State. "No one has to tell OU fans, who are educated fans, to bring their ‘A’ game.

"He may have been trying to get the fans to respond. But all he had to say was, ‘I need your help.’ The fans would’ve responded.”


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More fan reaction about Bob Stoops’ comments that fans haven’t been a big factor during Stoops’ 59-2 home record at Oklahoma:

→I just hope we come out loud for this game. There hasn’t been a game this big since 2000. I expect the place to be rocking.

— Scott, Weatherford

→I think as a general rule that I would agree with coach Stoops, except for big games. The Missouri game last year was a perfect example — it was deafening. The game Saturday night will be just as loud.

— David, Oklahoma City

→Bob is getting a bit of a big head. We have been embarrassed on the national stage many times in the last few years and he has the nerve to talk about crowd noise? I have witnessed several teams have to take timeouts on the North end because they couldn’t hear.

— Russ, Edmond

→Sooner fans show up for big games but it’s a little foolish to scream your head off when the home team is up by 50 against a mid major. Missouri last year was as loud as I’ve ever heard a stadium and I’ve been to OSU, LSU, Texas A&M and many others.

— Kent, Edmond

→I don’t really feel like he is coming down on fans. I think he is just trying to call us out to be rowdier than usual. No problem Bob.

— Matt, Moore

→I have attended several games at OU and there are many times where the crowds have been very quiet, as if attending a symphony. At times, however, the crowds have been very loud.

— Odell, Oklahoma City

→There’s not been a competitive game. I love coach Stoops, but I ain’t gonna yell and go crazy over Chattanooga.

— Lynn, Oklahoma City

→If it doesn’t matter, then why are we getting kicked in the bowl games? After every big game, he has said the "crowd was great tonight.” He should have just asked the fans to be loud this week.

— Michael, Edmond

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