The Norman Transcript


November 11, 2013

Stoops walking diplomatic tightrope

NORMAN — Monday was reckoning day and Bob Stoops, truth be told, reckoned better than many might have expected.

No, he’s not going to play Kendal Thompson at quarterback, though it’s not entirely clear why.

“I can see where, at times, an NFL team that’s got two wins and they’re on to next year, might want to evaluate someone that way,” he said, “but not in our case.”

No, he’s not upset that Roy Finch didn’t get a chance to put his imprint on the Baylor game until well into the second half, because he takes no issue with the evaluation process that had Finch, OU’s most productive per-carry ball-carrier, on the back burner.

“I am pleased with the evaluation process,” Stoops said. “Very much so.”

Yes, he’s approved so many offensive game plans that have gone nowhere against Louisiana-Monroe, West Virginia, TCU, Texas and Baylor. All have carried his stamp of approval.

“I’m watching what we’re doing through the week and I’m on board,” Stoops said. “It didn’t play out so well, but I’m still on board.”

Still, there’s something going on.

Stoops isn’t happy.

There may not be a lot he can do about it right now, and certainly not for public view without embarrassing coaches or players. 

Instead, what he does is hide the fact that he’s upset poorly, his body language seemingly saying there’s so much he’d like to say if only he felt the liberty to speak freely.

If the Sooner Nation wanted Stoops to tell them that what he saw last Thursday night (and again and again since in Switzer Center offices) was a crime in the name of the history of Sooner football, then Monday may have been a disappointment.

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