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Bob Stoops says devastating tornado came ‘about a mile’ from his home

Bob Stoops AP

Like many of you, I’m sure, I was glued to the television yesterday watching as a horrifying tornado ripped through central Oklahoma.

While Monday’s events are separate from football, there is a football angle. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and his family live just south of Moore, OK, a town unfortunately hit hard by yesterday’s storm. Stoops said his family could see the tornado through their back window; he was working at OU’s football offices at the time.

It crossed over just north of us and just about a mile from our home,” said Stoops.

To his knowledge, no player was directly affected by yesterday’s tornado. However, two assistant OU coaches, a grad assistant and strength coach, lost their homes.

We’re glad Stoops, his family, and the entire OU family, are safe. And certainly our thoughts go out to those who were not so lucky.

(Hat tip: the Oklahoman) 

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21 Responses to “Bob Stoops says devastating tornado came ‘about a mile’ from his home”
  1. southernpatriots says: May 21, 2013 8:11 PM

    We are intimately familiar with the devastation that comes from storms. Hurricanes for us, tornadoes for Oklahoma and other parts. Our hearts and prayers go forth for those who lost their lives, their livelihoods, and their homes and businesses.

    We have lifelong friends who lived and worked in the path of the storm. They lost their business and home and most everything around them, but thank God no injury to any in their families.

    We saw Coach Stoops handing out $50 gift cards to those affected. Fund raisers and relief efforts are going forth now. We are participating in several and recommend all who wish to help, do so.

  2. mgmac says: May 21, 2013 9:33 PM

    @thefiesty1 – so you hop stoops & his family would have been killed? you are one sick, sorry excuse for a human being.

  3. dkhhuey says: May 21, 2013 11:02 PM

    @vols – no sh!thead, you don’t!

  4. suprmous says: May 22, 2013 12:52 AM

    Mighty glad to see ya again southernpatriots. Like him or not Bob Stoops does have a heart and is a nice guy. SP, you and I share a mutual friend who has a friend who’s a friend of his and the friend of his has told our friend (whew whata mouthful) that she’s misunderstood Coach Stoops for years. She’s honestly become somewhat more tolerant of others tho she still be the same person who speak her mind at times. Now she be teachin me lessons I never thought bout. Everybody out in Oklahoma got my prayers and thoughts.

    P.S. I just hope they be wrong bout what they say bout it goin to be a bad hurricane season.

  5. southernpatriots says: May 22, 2013 8:37 AM

    It is mighty good to hear from you again, young lady!!! Walking up the sides of the mountains reminds me I am not as young as I used to be! I am here for a time, though I am on 24 hr. call. If they need me again, then off I go immediately. Follow up is needed with all that had pneumonia. Many children were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, MS, MD, etc. We now have children all spread out from Cleveland Clinic, St. Jude’s, St. Louis Children’s, Baylor Medical, Cedars-Sinai-Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins, Children’s Hospital in New Orleans and a few others.

    Stoops has done, and is doing some great things not only in giving himself, but also being a face on the relief fund raising to help attract attention to the devastation and need for assistance. He has been interviewed by news agencies and reporters from all over North America and the world bringing attention to the devastation and need.

    Everything I have seen in areas is completely and totally wiped out. Everything I have seen would need to be taken away down to and including foundations, to the earth, and start over. That can be done. The real tragedy is the loss of life. There were even more injuries, some very seriously. Long time friends lost everything and are coordinating relief efforts in their area.

  6. 11inthebox says: May 22, 2013 8:51 AM

    I understand and appreciate freedom of speech and expression. This is why readers are allowed to express their feelings about a particular issue or event.

    I also understand that there’s a screening process applied to sites like this one. There are some thoughts which are expressed for the sole purpose of insult and do little to advance the discussion. When that’s the case, this site has taken steps to deny such posts from appearing on the thread.

    That said, the posts from thefiesty1 and txbeerbuster are cruel, hateful, thoughtless, and have no place in a conversation about a disaster that claimed the lives of children.

    I get that forum like this is a haven for morons and cowards, but seriously, why were these posts allowed?

  7. Ben Kercheval says: May 22, 2013 9:04 AM

    I get that forum like this is a haven for morons and cowards, but seriously, why were these posts allowed?


    I’ve thought about deleting all the asinine comments on this thread. Instead, I let them stay so they can be rightfully ridiculed.

  8. thegamecocker says: May 22, 2013 9:10 AM

    Thoughts and prayers to the people in Oklahoma.
    The Gamecocker

  9. southernpatriots says: May 22, 2013 12:32 PM


    I think some posters do not think much before they post. At least I hope that is it. Otherwise, I must conclude something much worse. You along with me, and other conscientious posters, post sympathy and consideration for those in calamity, not just his situation, but, well, to take another one that was a story here at CFT, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and his wife Candi agonizing over their Ethan’s illness with falconi anemia.

    Some posters posted negatives and it was sad. When some have asked for prayer such as the Tulane player Devon Walker’s father asking for prayer, and regulars here on CFT posted they were praying for Devon some posters ridiculed prayer and God in the same post. I attribute that to extraordinary ignorance or lack of life experience.

    Through decades, even more than a generation in medicine, I have seen numerous patients, and especially children, who do not have a good prognosis.

    For some, medical science provides no cure and truthfully no hope at this time. To ridicule parents and loved ones who pursue every possible medical remedy and find a dead end but do not want to give up hope and ask for divine intervention, one would think those who do not believe would at least leave grieving parents alone and support them, but they did not.

    Others have posted the most blatant racist rants. They are gone now. We won’t be reading those bigoted gutter snipe level comments from those posters any more. JT & Ben do have a tolerance and some patience for awhile, just awhile.

    Be well, 11inthebox!

  10. gorilladunk says: May 22, 2013 12:55 PM

    @11inthe box….”I get that a forum like this is a haven for morons and cowards…”
    You Said It, brother!!

  11. gorilladunk says: May 22, 2013 12:56 PM

    @ Ben K…….whether you like Oprah or not, I heard her say something once that applies to this…”Ignorance NEVER needs a forum.”

  12. rlcpd says: May 22, 2013 1:18 PM

    What puzzles me is why his family was ”watching” the tornado through their back window when it was about a mile away !! Why were they not in the basement?

  13. Ben Kercheval says: May 22, 2013 1:26 PM

    Fair point, gorilladunk. Like I said, it was more about letting people take a swing at such asinine comments, but the responses are noted. I’ve taken them down and I’ll keep it mind in the future.

  14. raysfan1 says: May 22, 2013 2:09 PM

    I saw the ignorant posts earlier and did not reply even though I was angered because I believe trolls often post their bile intending to elicit a response. Some seem to think being offensive is funny. Responding to them simply encourages their boorish behavior.

    However, thank you to all those good hearted people who leapt to the defensive of the unfortunate victims in Moore. I live about 30 miles north of Moore, so had no problems from the storm. I have friends who live in Moore and thankfully all are unharmed although some had property damage. The day prior another storm did cause us to seek shelter–that tornado touched down several miles east of us and caused a lot of damage in a little town called Carney. There were also tornados in Shawnee and Newcastle this past weekend. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers as well.

  15. 11inthebox says: May 22, 2013 2:29 PM

    Thanks for you thoughtful post. I’ve seen all of your posts and this has always been your tone.

    I love football. Always have. And I love to discuss football with other passionate fans. But it seems that in the last dozen years or so, the true “fan” has been usurped by some ill breed of person. He’s just bitter and nasty, and looking for people to make the object of his misery.

    We should all practice “tolerance.” I get that. But those who not only spread hate and diseased thought—but who feel it’s their divine right to do so ….I just have a hard time thinking they truly deserve a platform.

    Anyway, thanks for the post.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: May 22, 2013 4:33 PM

    Those comments almost make me ashamed to be from the same state as these guys.

    Texans are better than that. After the bonfire collapse A&M received an amazing outpouring of support from UT. When UT was playing USC in the national title game A&M printed shirts with the horns bandaided back on.

    The Aggies softball team is headed up to Norman with donations and volunteers.

    I’m REALLY embarrased by some of those comments. There is a time for state and regional rivalries and there is a time to come together as a nation.

  17. southernpatriots says: May 22, 2013 4:57 PM


    Your heart shows. Probably mine does as well, especially when children are involved.

    Physician friends in Appalachia knew how to get me hooked helping them with providing health care for the rural working poor. Just bring me some photos of the children. Now, this is my 35th year there and going back any moment, if called.


    Stated so very well. Ben has removed the offensive and thoughtless remarks. Those coming late to this blog will not know what we earlier posters know. Texans have always been gracious and friendly to us eastern Cajun neighbors.

    Some churches and the sheriff’s association in our area is coordinating relief efforts of my area and if I don’t have to go back to Appalachia or to one of the hospitals, next week I will be in OK with some of the relief volunteers.

  18. abrellbama says: May 22, 2013 6:22 PM

    I am so glad Stoops and his family were spared. God Bless all those that were effected and I have been praying for the people in Oklahoma. May God help all of you get thru this.

  19. abrellbama says: May 22, 2013 7:00 PM

    When the tornado ripped thru Tuscaloosa, Al on 4/27/11, there were quite a few idiots that posted cruel things on the blogs. 32 lost their lives that day including Carson Tinker’s (Alabama’s snapper) girlfriend, Ashley. It was a horrific time for all and there were tasteless, senseless people making jokes about it for months and months. Every once in a while, someone will make a joke about it still when situations like this are no joking matter.

  20. rsoandb says: May 23, 2013 11:09 AM

    As many in this part of the country know, the May 3, 1999 EF5 tornado also destroyed Moore with the greatest wind speed ever recorded on earth (318mph). That was B. Stoop’s first year at OU, and the next year they won the NC. Wouldn’t it be something if 2014 turned out the same way for OU! Maybe this event will light a fire under the program that has been a bit lackluster for several years.

  21. alligatorsnapper says: May 24, 2013 8:31 PM

    One of the men with whom I work hails from OKC. He will be heading back this week to render any assistance he can with all our contributions.

    We need to pull together to help those in need of help during times like this. We certainly do not need crass stupidity or insults disguised as very bad taste humor.

    Thank you Ben for removing those comments and blocking an idiot from re-posting his same pitiful comments.

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