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April 15, 2014

Could it be, a nicer gentler Stoops?

NORMAN — My favorite line from the spring game — Is the Red/White a thing of the past; is it just “spring game’ now? I digress — was the last one Bob Stoops offered during his series of conversations with Ron Thulin and Dave Lapham, the play-by-play and color voices for Saturday’s broadcast.

Thulin and Lapham had just wished Stoops the best of luck for the coming season, almost like they were rooting for the guy, and Stoops responded with seemingly equal enthusiasm.

“I sure appreciate it,” he said. “Ron, Dave, you guys are great professionals and it’s always great to work with you.”

All right, I’ve been to a lot of games and a lot of press conferences and while he hasn’t always been so helpful (at all), I’ve always appreciated Stoops’ penchant for not taking things personally. And yet, I’m still waiting for the same kind of professional salute.

And, if not for me, how about one for our own John Shinn, The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel or, before he hung up his keyboard, at least for regular use, the Tulsa World’s Dave Sittler?

Although, truth be told, all of us would probably prefer about 15 minutes once he gets off the microphone each in-season Monday at his press luncheon.

Yes, we’re having a little bit of fun, here. 

We’re used to seeing Stoops play things close to the vest; used to hearing him protect his players from the slings and arrows of the knights of the keyboard; used to him qualifying so many answers with phrases like, “to a degree.” But what we’re not used to is an exchange that gregarious with anybody there to cover his team.

A sign of the times?

First OU gets past Iowa State, then upsets Kansas State, then Oklahoma State, then, OMG, Alabama.

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