NORMAN – Bob Stoops went on ESPN’s First Take with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith Wednesday morning. Here are some soundbites from the Oklahoma coach:
On taking pleasure from beating Alabama, given Stoops’ past comments about the SEC
“I appreciate you bringing it up, Stephen A. I have to be honest, it felt good. Because I know everybody’s screen savers, everybody had their notes down, everybody was ready to jump on us, on me in particular, what I had to say, if it had gone the other way. That all had to be deleted. I was a little validated in what I had to say. I still believe in what I said. “At the end of the day we can play with anybody. That was fairly evident.”
“I heard from more Texas high school coaches, on how pleased they were on how that all went. We go down there through Texas recruiting. I was surprised at how many Texas high school coaches pulled me aside because they felt validated. Because half of our roster or more is from Texas. We’ve got good football players, too.”
AL - Razorback coach Bret Bielema had a few comments Tuesday that might help stoke the fires. Making his rounds at ESPN’s Car Wash for SEC coaches, Bielema referenced a recent camp at Alabama and current offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s actions while at Tennessee.
While appearing on a roundtable with Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and Tennessee’s Butch Jones, Bielema addressed a question about the year-round nature of the game.
“For the first time in NCAA history, they gave us a two-week dead period,” Bielema said. “And I don’t know about you guys, but it wasn’t dead. Alabama got a way that they got to have a camp, everybody else had to abide by the rules. And for 14 days, we couldn’t have anybody on campus.”
Saban has got to be sitting in his big office right now surrounded by oak and mahogany just sipping on a snifter of 120 year old Scotch smiling to himself. Definitely has a fire going in the fireplace and probably a cat curled up on his lap pillow too. I don’t know that’s just how I picture him sitting in his office. I mean after what can only be considered an Alabama down year his team is still literally the only thing anyone can talk about. Every coach just taking subtle or not so subtle shots at the Tide. Every media day, roundtable discussion, ESPN interview, everything. All eventually rolls around to Alabama and Saban. That’s how you know you’re at the top, if it’s possible you didn’t know already. Would not want to be one of the teams in the way when Saban goes on his warpath this season, that’s all I know.
And don’t get me wrong I give Bob Stoops full credit for sticking to his anti-SEC guns. Has every right in the world to say what he’s saying right now after talking so much shit last year, getting demolished on the internet, then backing it up in the Sugar Bowl. Completely earned being a blowhard. But Bielema? Bret do you really think you should be talking big guy? What do you think, honestly?
Maybe instead of whining and crying about Alabama getting a head start on the dead period, you should worry more about not having literally an entire season of dead period. I’m not a coach but that’s my recommendation.