The Norman Transcript

October 10, 2013

OU-Texas outcome doesn't sway recruits like it used to

The game remains the major recruiting attraction

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Recruiting used to be a huge part of the Oklahoma-Texas game. The fertile recruiting ground of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex would typically shift every February based on what happened in the Cotton the previous October. OU coach Bob Stoops doesn’t believe the outcome of the game is the major influence in recruiting it once was.

“If you win this one and you lose the rest of them, there isn’t anybody real impressed with what you’ve done,” he said. “I don’t agree with that. I’ve said that for a long time. I think it’s much more on what you do overall than one game.”

However, just playing the game does have an impact in recruiting. The Red River Rivalry is unique experience that only the Sooners and Longhorns have to offer. Stoops has compared it to a midseason bowl game.

“I think it’s an advantage for both of us that we get to play in it, in an incredible atmosphere and a traditional stadium,” he said.