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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

“You’re around them two or three times a week perhaps in a way that you wouldn’t otherwise, just in conversation and checking on how things are going on campus and back home and just the opportunity to see them more frequently is just as much bonus as the basketball is,” Kruger said.

Women’s coach Sherri Coale didn’t get the chance to take advantage of the rule after spending last summer coaching Team USA.

“Just because you have two hours a week, doesn’t mean you have to use two hours a week and just because you can have all your team together doesn’t mean you have to have them all together and just because you have them all together doesn’t mean you have to run 15 drills,” Coale said. “There’s all kinds of things you can do and ways you can utilize it. I like to look at it as a tool for relating to our new kids and building that team unity that’s so important to success.”

Even Stoops might not use the full time allowed.

He said strength and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt won’t give up two hours of workout time for Stoops and his staff to go over film and work with the players, but Stoops said he hoped to get an hour and a half.

“To have meetings with freshmen or new guys to go over tape and teach a little bit of what you are allowed to do,” Stoops said.

“They’ll be able to be coached up with terminology and what we are doing quicker with us helping them.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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