Stoops Up In Smoke

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:

52% of Oklahomians don't believe seven straight national championships makes the SEC dominant.
52% of Oklahomians don’t believe seven straight national championships makes the SEC dominant.

And then there is the perenial loser Charlie Weis, who by his sheer girth alone is obviously in charge of the post-ganja snacks:

Playing the part of "Chong," Charlie Weis
Playing the part of “Chong,” Charlie Weis
“Do you know the stats?,” said Weis in an interview with “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.

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3 thoughts on “Bob Stoops leads entire state of Oklahoma “Up In Smoke””

  1. Even if the SEC weren’t on too it wouldn’t be the Big12. They rank somewhere below the PAC12 and the ACC.

  2. Weis and Stoops fall just short of saying what they really mean: The work the SEC coaches – and especially Coach Nick Saban – are doing year around on the recruiting trail is not only hurting us on the field, it makes it damn hard to take a vacation!

    Coach Tommy Tuberville learned this lesson the hard way – a 36-0 hard way. You may have a little success against a Nick Saban-coached team, but you won’t have a lot. When you are out duck hunting in Arkansas, or at the beach, or taking your honey to some third-world vacation spot, CNS is talking to the guy you thought was wrapped up for your team. And, 9 times out of 10, CNS will get that kid’s signature on signing day and develop him into a much better player and NFL candidate than you will. And, now, most of those kids know it. It is becoming more of a decision on the kid’s part whether he wants to put in the work now to reap the reward later with a fat NFL contract. Bama is effectively taking the other influences out of the picture with “the process” and changing the way the rest of the NCAA carries out their business. Wanna compete with the Alabama’s/LSU’s/Georgia’s/Florida’s of the world? Get ready to put on your work suit and pack your suitcase, cause you will work 52 weeks a year to compete in this league. Otherwise, you can whine pathetically to the local press about “perceptions” while your team loses games to teams that have the top talent and are willing to put in the work to gain excellence, on and off the field.

  3. I never knew what Tommy Chong looked like under all that fuzz. He could very well be Bob Stoops.

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