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October 9, 2013

Bob, not Mack, thoughtfully gets it done



“I’ve never said one way or the other on any coach changes,” he said, misunderstanding the question, maybe on purpose, and playing defense with his answer.

Good thing he has others to speak for him.

Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said he doesn’t think Stoops has ever made a light decision. Then he got deep in a way his boss never does.

“There’s two parts to (making a decision). You have to think things through thoroughly and not make snap decisions,” he said. “But the other part of that is once a decision is made, you have to make it the right decision and you have to follow it through with conviction and I think that has definitely happened here … You can’t make a decision and know it’s right. You have to make a decision and make it right.”

Stoops went up-tempo in 2008 and OU scored prolifically, like no team has since, though Oregon may pass those Sooners this season. Stoops bounced Rhett Bomar from the team prior to the 2006 season and ran off three straight conference crowns. He brought his brother, Mike Stoops, back into the fold, endured a melodrama that was bound to happen as Brent Venables departed for Clemson and though the Sooners suffered defensively for a season, they’re playing more defense this year than they have in a long, long time.

Running back Brennan Clay’s one of the most thoughtful players on the roster and knows a kindred spirit when he sees one.

“He’s pretty even all the time,” he said. “In the heat of two-a-days he’ll get on the DBs, but he’s always real level-headed. He always does a great job.”

Via results and observation, Bob Stoops’ way is not Mack Brown’s way.

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