It’s been a week since Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops made his idiotic statements to The Tulsa World about the SEC’s perceived dominance being “a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you.”
His argument was this: The top half of a league isn’t what determines its strength, but instead it’s how well the celler dwellars in the league are doing.
“It depends on who you want to listen to,” Stoops said. “Listen, they’ve had the best team in college football, meaning they’ve won the national championship. That doesn’t mean everything else is always the best.”
I’m not sure what Stoops is smoking, but it sounds like his comments came right after he set the bong back on the table. And apparently, according to this ESPN SportsNation stat, the entire state of Oklahoma is toking right along with him:
And then there is the perenial loser Charlie Weis, who by his sheer girth alone is obviously in charge of the post-ganja snacks:
“Do you know the stats?,” said Weis in an interview with ESPN.com. “In the SEC, the record of the good guys and the bad guys? […] I’m just sayin’, you look at the bottom of our league and the bottom of their league, just going based off the numbers, there’s validity in what he said. I’m just going based off the numbers, I mean, I’m a numbers guy. Just based off the numbers, you’d have to say he’s got a point.”
Perhaps the best comments on the matter came from Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Florida head coach Will Muschamp. Muschamp, who spent 3 years at the University of Texas, shared his thoughts with the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post:
“I’d be saying the same thing if I were in the Big 12. I said it for three years.”
And Saban, who has perfected the formal “screw you”?
“I’ve got more important things to do than sit around and read what Bob Stoops has to say about anything.”
Until someone can knock off the SEC in that last game of the season, or prevent them from getting into the game itself, you’re going to see more and more animosity around the country from coaches who know better. A streak of three championships to them was intriguing. A streak of five was annoying. A streak of seven is apparently maddening.
These coaches, who get paid to succeed, are getting processed without ever having to face Nick Saban and Alabama, or the league’s other heavy hitters. And to add insult to injury, the once middle-of-the-pack Big 12 member Texas A&M is now doing as much damage to its former league’s image as the others.
On the recruiting trail, coaches like Stoops and Weis are fighting the well-earned perception of the SEC’s dominance on the landscape of college football. And instead of stepping up, learning how to play defense, and winning the game, they attempt to put things on a lower shelf where they and their fans can reach them, and change the game itself. Or at least the game of perception.
Who knows. Maybe if Nick Saban’s last taste of significance came in George W. Bush’s first term, he might say stupid things too. But until that day comes, my guess is the next state to legalize marijuana will be none other than Oklahoma. By the looks of things, they’re halfway there.