The Oklahoman's Stephanie Kuzydym took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Read the entire chat recap here.
If OU struggles in the passing game, will Stoops quickly put an end to Jaz Reynolds suspension?
I doubt it. Stoops doesn't seem to keen on reinstating any of the suspended anytime soon. My guess is that each of them will serve at least a five game suspension. That's a hefty suspension but not too deep into Big 12 play. Also, as a player, how would you like your coach running to the suspended players on the first sign of struggles? If I were Kenny Stills, I'd be asking what's up. Stoops has made it quite clear that Stills has really stepped up to being a leader and Justin Brown is all business. You have those two plus you're easing in true freshman Trey Metoyer? That's a solid receiving line - then you also have LaColtan Bester then Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal? Nope. Stoops will stick with what he has despite the struggles. If anything was a struggle for that part of the game, it was at the end of last season.
Steph, Do you guys get frustrated with Coach Stoops? I thought the way he answered the Roy Finch question 3 weeks ago was chippy. (See Lane Kiffin). He is too good to be that small. I wish he would embrace the media process more. It was a legitimate question that was on most people's minds.
Guest. Yes, we get frustrated with Coach Stoops and Coach Stoops gets frustrated with us. Just because he's a coach and just because we're media doesn't make us any different than any other job of people working together - ours just incorporates a lot of different personalities from a lot of different outlets. I would agree with you, his response to the Roy Finch question was short.
Of course we don't want to know about every other player of the 90 other players, but knowing about Roy Finch is legitimate. That's frustrating from a sense of our job is to ask questions and sometimes it seems like he wonders why we asks those questions and to outsiders it seems like he's mocking. Maybe he is. I haven't known him for that long. However, he talked Wednesday about how he talks and he said, 'Look this is just how I talk. My wife still doesn't even get it.' ... And they've been married a little over 25 years.
Stoops also talked about how he's learned that he's not going to please everybody. That's true too. It's a give-and-take and take-and-give relationship between the media and a coach but I would say he isn't Lane Kiffin. He said on Wednesday that he has always made it clear when a guy will not play if he is injured and this season, he's right. He has been clear about it.
So being from Indiana, would OU fooball in your opinion be more comparable to IU Basketball or ND Football as far as fans intensity & interest goes to match the tradition of the programs?
That's a good question. Notre Dame football definitely has a high fan interest and intensity but when something goes wrong on a Saturday in the fall in Indiana, the conversation immediately turns to "well, there's always basketball season." So, I'd have to say basketball wins.