Stoops will make most of time

An NCAA rule change effective this summer allows coaches to stay directly involved with the players, though Stoops said the football element of things won’t change a whole lot.

by Ryan Aber Modified: June 8, 2014 at 10:41 pm •  Published: June 8, 2014
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                 An NCAA rule change effective this summer allows coaches, like OU’s Bob Stoops, to stay directly involved with the players. Stoops said the football element of things won’t change a whole lot under the new rule. 
                   
                 
                 
                   Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
An NCAA rule change effective this summer allows coaches, like OU’s Bob Stoops, to stay directly involved with the players. Stoops said the football element of things won’t change a whole lot under the new rule. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

This week, Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops will attend some of his players’ summer workouts.

He’ll be able to spend up to two hours per week reviewing film with them.

He’ll be able to dole out punishment if they don’t meet required standards in the classroom over the summer.

An NCAA rule change effective this summer allows coaches to stay directly involved with the players, though Stoops said the football element of things won’t change a whole lot.

“I don’t want to change our conditioning, speed, strength training regiment,” Stoops said. “It’s been very positive for us. So to steal or take hours away from that to do other things (doesn’t make sense).”

What will change, though, is the ability to maintain and develop relationships during the summer.

“I can’t wait to walk into a weight room and put my arm around a guy and tell him he looks good and motivate him,” Stoops said.

The rule is good for praise.

It’s also good for punishment.

“I was out there a couple of years ago to run three or four guys for missing multiple classes and was told I’m not allowed to. You can miss all the classes you want — and you’ll get suspended from games in our case — but I wanted to head that off by giving them some punishment by running.”

Now he can.

While the rule is new for football, basketball coaches got their first taste of it last season.

Sooners men’s coach Lon Kruger said while the practice time was productive, the human element mattered more.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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