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What they're saying about OU's Bob Stoops

Compiled by Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Published: September 13, 2011

Joel Klatt — Fox Sports

“This game is important for Bob Stoops and Oklahoma because it has significant national title implications, no other reason. In order to have as many opportunities in big games as Bob Stoops has had you have to be a fantastic program. You don't build a program like what Stoops has built focusing on a bigger picture, right-the-ship mentality.”

Matt Hayes — The Sporting News

“I'm not one of those guys who classified Stoops one way or the other. If I were, I'd certainly lean more toward a guy who has seven Big 12 championships in 11 years. If an SEC coach won 7 out of 11, he'd be sainted. The Big 12 has been the No. 2 conference behind the SEC all those years. I don't think we can minimize that. Nor do I think he has “slipped,” whatever that means. He won a Big 12 championship with a wide receiver playing quarterback. That's enough for me.”

Brock Huard — Fox Sports

“This game Saturday is big for Bob Stoops and Oklahoma because it will help define this 2011 season not because of any past success or failures. In particular, this is a gigantic game for Landry Jones, who must handle the rush, take care of the football and take the next step in his career development. Winning a big game on the road squarely is on his shoulders. If Landry can play to his potential, then Stoops and Oklahoma will quiet some of his critics.”

Blair Kerkhoff — Kansas City Star

“Saturday is important but only in the context of this season. This isn't any kind of legacy test. Bob Stoops' credentials as one of the game's great coaches are firmly established. He was Big Game Bob for that remarkable run. The national title has faded as the law of averages started to catch up. But the last 15 games or so, starting with OSU in '09, may be the start of another great run.”

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