The rebuilding of the defense is going to begin in March with whomever is still around and whomever OU signs next month.
“I never mind playing guys we’re gonna sign in February,” Stoops said. “I mean, we’ve had a lot of good ones come in and make big contributions, so that may be the case to a degree, but I think always, too, there’s a lot of guys — every year, I say this, and you know that — that people aren’t seeing that we are trying to develop, and come on, and, ‘Wow, who’s this guy?’ I’m hopeful we’ll have some of those guys. We always have in the past, so, like I said, sometimes it’s not bad some guys are moving on.”
Stoops doesn’t anticipate any staff changes coming, but admitted nothing is set in stone except the building plan for next season. The coaching staff is in the middle of a major recruiting weekend and then has another month until signing day on Feb. 6. Spring practice begins in March.
The process of building a team that can win a national championship is ongoing. When it clicks back isn’t an exact science.
“You never know,” Stoops said. “We didn’t seem very close when we had a shot at it in 2000. You never know when it’s coming. We’re gonna work hard for it, and we’ll try and make some improvements through the winter and spring and hopefully have a chance to be better next year.”
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