Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, a man hardly known for his quotes, recently gave an astute response all coaches should repeat in similar circumstances.
Tressel and the Buckeyes were being chastised for losing five straight games against teams ranked in the Top 5 heading into last month’s game against USC.
Asked if such heavy criticism was fair, Tressel responded, "It’s fact, so it’s fair.”
So where does this leave Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops?
Is he indeed worthy of his "Big Game Bob” moniker?
Let’s take a look:
A.) Stoops is 4-6 in bowl games; has been beaten in his last three national championship appearances; and has lost five straight BCS bowl games.
He is 0-1 against Notre Dame, Mississippi, LSU, USC, Boise State, West Virginia, Florida and Brigham Young.
B.) Stoops also is 111-18 (.860) against everybody else, has claimed the last three Big 12 championships and won six conference title games in seven appearances.
These are facts, so they’re fair.
The "Big Game Bob” debate commences when critics acknowledge point A more than point B, and supporters lean on point B more than point A.
Both parties need to meet more toward the middle.
Sooner fans were so appreciative when "No Excuses Bob” first came to save the day.
They wanted the Howard Schnellenberger and John Blake regimes stricken from memory.
Fans longed for glory days and Stoops promptly delivered, but what once was so sweet has lately turned sour.
In only his second season, Stoops — like Tressel — went undefeated and won the national championship.