TULSA — Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops met with reporters before his OU Caravan appearance Monday evening.
Here are a few highlights. I’ll have a few additional, more in-depth, posts from Stoops’ half-hour interview session in the coming days.
* Stoops responded to ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer’s criticism of the Oklahoma offense.
Dilfer famously called the OU offense “a joke” and its playcalling “brutal” shortly after the Pittsburgh Steelers selected former Sooner quarterback Landry Jones in the NFL Draft’s fourth round.
Dilfer said he “disregarded” Jones’ senior-year film.
“I don’t have much of an opinion on their opinion,” Stoops said. “Obviously, I thought Carey stated it the best. Admittedly, he didn’t watch him as a senior. Well, how many general managers don’t watch a quarterback as a senior? That doesn’t make much sense.”
I assume Stoops was referring to this SoonerScoop.com article from my friend Carey Murdock. Give it a read.
I’ll have more on Stoops’ response to Dilfer and similar critics later today.
* In Tuesday’s newspaper, I wrote about Stoops’ thoughts on the new College Football Playoff and its selection committee. You can read that here.
Stoops’ best quote — “Oh, hell no,” when asked if media should be involved in the playoff team selection — was preceded by another gem that didn’t make it into my story.
“Old coaches may go to bed too early,” Stoops said, before quickly adding, “I go to bed early.
“They’re not going to watch USC play at 9, 10 at night.”
But Stoops also said former coaches — like media, current coaches and administrators — unquestionably harbor some biases, even if its unintentional.
Last summer, legendary former Sooners coach Barry Switzer told me he’d consider it an “honor and a privilege” to serve on the selection committee if asked.
“I think coaches that have been gone for a long time probably would be better,” Switzer said then. “I’ve been gone 23 years, and I don’t even know most of the head coaches that are coaching today for major college teams. I’m not biased. I don’t have any bias in that.
“There’d be a lot of work involved, but it’s what we’ve done all our lives — evaluating football. It’s what coaches have done. They spend 16 hours a day for 40 years looking at teams, evaluating the best.”
* On the quarterback derby — which will rage on through the summer and into fall camp — between Blake Bell, Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight.
“We’ve got a good background … and I’m not being boastful here, we have had a good track record with quarterbacks,” Stoops said. “We’ve won eight Big 12 championships with six different quarterbacks, and been to four national championships with three different quarterbacks. We don’t find a necessity to have to name him right away.
“We have a lot of different leadership on the team, and we don’t need that one guy to be the one guy that has to lead everybody through summer. I think people who might name somebody and he’s truly not the leader, or the guy yet, you’ve got a false leader through the summer, I don’t think that’s a good thing.
“In the end, our guys all work hard, and they’ll go through the summer doing the same thing. Working hard and making improvement, and guys around them, we’ll see how it all adds up.”
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