The Norman Transcript


April 15, 2014

Could it be, a nicer gentler Stoops?



Then Stoops and his coaches close strong on National Signing Day, get Blake Bell to accept a position change, get Baker Mayfield dropping into their lap and enjoy a productive spring.

Then OU, with Stoops’ willingness, puts the spring game on television, Stoops accepts wearing a microphone at the game and couldn’t be nicer to the guys in the booth?

If only it holds.

If only he keeps it going through the first week of the season.

If only he keeps it going after the first loss; you know, assuming there is one.

The truth is, and this isn’t the sports editor of The Norman Transcript sucking up to the coach, Stoops the Not-So-Guarded still seems like the more authentic version of the Sooner skipper.

That’s the way he was when he arrived from Tallahassee. That’s the way he was, really, until Rhett Bomar put the program back on the front page for all the wrong reasons.

His brother Mike, though fiery and volatile, is a great talker, straight shooter and chewer of fat. Speaking of which, has anybody realized that if you really want a glowing quote about Sooner quarterback Trevor Knight, the guy to go to is OU’s defensive coordinator?

It’s hard to know.

There are reporters who yearn to put Stoops on the spot. My questions have a tendency to drag, though it’s been a long time since I forgot it before spitting it out of my mouth. The next dumb question, another inevitability coaches must put up with — just as we must deal with dumb answers — is always around the corner.

But, did you hear? 

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