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April 23, 2014

Stoops doesn’t view athletes as employees



Few changes: The college football playoff begins next season, ending the BCS bowl structure that was in place from 1998-2013.

Stoops doesn’t see a playoff dramatically altering the course of college football. But it could alter scheduling for some teams.

“Teams that haven’t been playing a very difficult non-conference schedule may step that up a little bit to ensure that, when all things are equal, that with four teams you may be the fifth or sixth team and if you played a more difficult non-conference schedule, you may get the nod instead of somebody else,” he said. “There may be a little more to that. Other than that, I don’t see much difference.”

Don’t underestimate an OU crowd: OU’s estimated spring game crowd of 43,500 was the largest in the Big 12 and the eighth largest for a spring game, according to

Stoops doesn’t believe the increased spring game attendance displays an increased enthusiasm among OU fans. The Sooner coach went along with some changes the marketing staff wanted to make to help bring in more fans to the April 12 game.

“We’ve always had a great fan base, for sure,” he said. “With our administration and me agreeing to it, we just did more with the spring game, promotion-wise and made it a little more fan friendly and a little bit more entertaining with some of the things that we did. We had a perfect day for it and fortunately we had a great turnout — 43,000. We have sold out every game for 16 years, so we have a great fan base for sure.”

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