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December 6, 2011

Stoops has plenty to think about



Then there’s the case of Jaz Reynolds, the Sooners’ second best receiver this season since finally catching his first ball against Missouri. Yet, just when his teammates needed him most, after Ryan Broyles went down and after catching seven balls for 114 yards at Baylor, Reynolds got himself suspended a game for breaking unspecified team rules.

When did Sooner football became amateur hour?

When Stoops finally speaks, when one presumes he will debrief on the Bedlam game with added perspective, it will be most interesting to see if he goes deeper than what happened all the way to why it happened.

It will also be interesting to note if he announces any staff changes, any changing duties among the staff, or if he’s talking about any such moves for the first time after they’ve already taken place.

There’s conjecture Willie Martinez could be jettisoned for the secondary’s big play failings and one must wonder if Heupel may be deemed, in retrospect, not ready for prime time. Anyway, he has to be the only coach Stoops has ever publicly questioned twice, once for forgetting Trey Millard was on the roster at the Fiesta Bowl last season, and again late Saturday night when he seemed to forget he had any ball carriers at all.

Also, as long as Mike Stoops is on the market, there will be questions about the possibility of his returning to Norman. Of course, that possibility puts Brent Venables in a tough spot, deserved or not.

Finally, once upon a time, it was assumed Landry Jones came back to school for one more season to have one more shot at a national championship. Thus, it’s easy to forget he’s only a redshirt junior.

Does he come back again?

Is his draft stock part of his decision-making process? Is his impending matrimony? Is the program better off with his coming back or would it simply prefer to turn the page after a season in which so much went wrong, thereby seeing what Blake Bell can do on first and second down, too.

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