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September 25, 2012

Stoops can do what he wants to do, but he has to want to do it

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NORMAN —

He can do whatever he wants.

Now, back to reality.

Monday, Stoops was asked if he could see Jones’ mistakes ever prompting him to change quarterbacks.

“No,” he said.

Also, he threw cold water on the idea that his team could dictate the pace of the game.

“You have an idea what you’d like to do, but (there are) circumstances in the game you have to adjust to,” he said. “The game affects it. You have to do more or less, depending on how the game is going. Whether it’s fast or not … it’s execution that allows you to move the ball and succeed.”

Can’t rhythm prompt execution?

“To a degree,” he said.

How about change as a concept?

“You’re always tweaking things and trying to play to your personnel,” Stoops said. “Like I’ve said, we’ve got quite a few new pieces that we’re working with.”

But “tweaking” sounds like continuing to grind it out and hoping for the best. It doesn’t sound like coming to terms with the idea that what you’re doing isn’t working.

But he’s the coach.

He can make any alternative a reality.

Only if he wants to.

Clay HorningFollow me @clayhorningcfhorning@normantranscript.com

 

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