"This isn't something that's different for us,” Stoops said of the quarterback search. "Last year was probably as difficult circumstances as we've had and still did it.”
Stoops has won without great quarterback talent, though he's often received great quarterback play. Of his four champion QBs, only Hybl made an NFL roster, and Hybl never got in a game. Hybl and Thompson were not all-conference picks. Overwhelming chances are, OU won't have an all-Big 12 passer this year, either.
But the Sooners are picked by many to again win the league.
"Again, nothing unusual for us,” Stoops said. "No year is the same. Each year is its own individual entity, and they don't overlap.”
I don't know if I buy that. The absence of Bomar still looms over this program, likely keeping the Sooners from being preseason BCS favorites, but again, that's taking a water break to think, what if, and Lamentations isn't in the Stoops bible.
Stoops even seems to relish the unknown. The adventure of finding a new triggerman seems to trump the comfort of knowing who will command the huddle.
"You could know who it's going to be, and if you know it's going to be bad, there's no pros about that,” Stoops said. "There's a lot of people that may be playing a guy they wish they weren't, even though he's their guy.
"So in the end, it doesn't matter. It's just all about, in our business, building guys, improving guys, giving them experience and shaping them.
"That's what's exciting about our job, being able to do that. And these guys have talent. They're good, sharp, young guys. So we look forward to having that chance, just to mold 'em, build 'em, shape 'em and give 'em snaps.”
And remember, don't look back. Just git 'er done.