The Norman Transcript


November 6, 2012

Vote progressive; vote Stoops

NORMAN — As you go to the polls today, participating in the miracle that is American democracy, where even amongst historic gridlock, we still believe, presume and revel in the peaceful transfer or continuity of power, I ask you to vote not as a conservative, liberal, populist, tea partier, bleeding heart or neocon. Instead, vote progressively.

Vote for Bob Stoops.

If he were running.

As is, just appreciate the man’s stance.

Bob Stoops: progressive.

Don’t believe it?

You weren’t high atop Owen Field Monday noon, listening to the Sooner coach let his hair down (or, really, explain how he doesn’t mind his players let their hair down).

It’s been a long time since we actually saw Bob Stoops playing Bob Stoops. So often, it’s Bob Stoops playing stubborn, give-nothing-away, stick-in-the-mud football coach.

However, lightning struck Monday, it all beginning when the coach was asked how he’d feel about having a building named after him … like maybe “The Bob Stoops Press Box.”

The whole room broke up, Stoops included. So, for a few moments, we got to see a little more of the man.

Stoops was asked about Kenny Stills, Tony Jefferson and Brennan Clay, the original California trio on the roster, who walk to the beat of their own drummer, busy themselves with Twitter and look-at-me haircuts, adhere to the new school rather than the old school.

“I think it’s just today’s world,” Stoops said. “I’m trying to stay young with them. If you do everything the same way it was back when, I don’t see it happening.

“I think, more and more kids, as long as they’re responsible, it’s OK. As long as they’re doing the other things, it’s OK.”

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