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Stoops, on blowback from A&M slate criticism: ‘where am I lying?’

Bob Stoops, Kevin Sumlin AP

In the latest instance of (insert non-SEC coaches’ name here) criticizing what’s perceived to be the SEC’s cupcake-like non-conference schedules, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops called out Texas A&M for its upcoming pastry slate of out-of-conference games.

Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin subsequently issued a public challenge to Stoops and OU: “if he wants to play us again we’ll take him up on that.” Stoops stated at his press conference today that he hasn’t picked up the phone, but also didn’t back down from his recent assault on the SEC.

When asked about A&M specifically and the SEC in general not taking kindly to the shots, a feisty Stoops fired back.

“Well, get over it,” the coach said bluntly. “And again, where am I lying?”

Of course, when it comes to A&M in 2014, he’s not lying in the least. A non-conference slate of FCS Lamar, Rice, SMU and Louisiana-Monroe screams “diabetic’s worst nightmare.” In his criticisms, though, Stoops is being disingenuous at best and cherry-picking at worst.

While this year’s slate features opponents slathered in icing, A&M also has future non-conference games scheduled against Arizona State (2015), UCLA (2016, 2017) and Oregon (2018, 2019). Hell, that might even match what OU has in the future: Ohio State (2016, 2017), UCLA (2018, 2019), Nebraska (2021, 2022). In fairness, the Sooners are also looking to rework a previously-scheduled home-and-home against LSU.

Another point Stoops, for obvious reasons, glosses over is A&M’s 2014 conference slate.  At home, TAMU will tangle with LSU, Missouri and Ole Miss, while they will travel to South Carolina, Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn.  Four of those teams are in the preseason coaches’ poll Top 25; at various points in the season, some combination of the seven could see themselves in the Top 25.  OU?  Their non-conference schedule consists of Tennessee (not even remotely a Top 25 team), Louisiana Tech (4-8 last season) and Tulsa (3-9); in the Big 12, three of the Sooners’ opponents — at Baylor, at Kansas State, Texas — are currently ranked.  Whether UT deserves it or not is debatable, while either Oklahoma State or Texas Tech — or both — could spend time in the rankings at some point.

In other words, and Stoops’ shots notwithstanding, things aren’t actually as they appear to be in the OU coach’s world.

Oh, and there’s also this: Aggies 41, Sooners 13 in the Cotton Bowl following the 2012 season.  So, yeah, there’s that.

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22 Responses to “Stoops, on blowback from A&M slate criticism: ‘where am I lying?’”
  1. irishdodger says: Aug 2, 2014 5:03 PM

    Sumlin responded the right way….but Stoops is correct. Just b/c Bama & LSU are in the West doesn’t give the other five teams a pass when scheduling OOC games. Yeah, Auburn was a great story last year, but one year isn’t a trend. If it were, Chizik would still be there. Don’t get me wrong, I think Malzahn is one of the best young HCs in the nation and they will be a power….but until they do that…let’s tap the breaks on elevating them to LSU & Bama standard.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 2, 2014 5:07 PM

    OOC opponents for OU in last 3 years…
    UL Monroe
    Florida A&M
    Ball St.

    A&Ms 2014 schedule is ranked 5th in the nation
    OUs in 93rd

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 2, 2014 5:11 PM

    @irishdodger

    Half of A&Ms schedule in 2014 won 10 or more games last year…

  4. greenwave81 says: Aug 2, 2014 5:23 PM

    Bob Stoops is desperate. He used to clean house in Texas recruiting. Now he is virtually being shut out by A&M for the cream of the crop in the Lone Star State. More than any other school OU has been hurt by A&M’s ascendence in recruiting 4 and 5 star players. He knows he has to do something to change that dynamic and fast or his OU program is headed toward irrelevancy. So he runs his mouth and spreads a lot of anti-A&M and anti-SEC propaganda.

  5. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 2, 2014 5:31 PM

    lol Stoops. La Tech, Tulsa and Tennesee and your weak a$$ conference schedule. stfu crybaby. your schedule is a joke both out of conference and in.

    go get blown out in another bowl game and stfu

  6. Deb says: Aug 2, 2014 5:44 PM

    Bob Stoops certainly loves to talk about other teams, doesn’t he? As the Sooners coach, you’d think he might aspire to become the next Barry Switzer. Instead it seems he just wants to be the next Lane Kiffin.

  7. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 2, 2014 5:53 PM

    hey stoops your schedule is 93 v Texas A&M 5. i would stfu if i were you punk.

    you run your mouth, you are the most overrated coach in college football next to Urb, and you do what you do best, like Ohio State you get crushwd when you have to play good opponents. loved watching USC roll you scrubs in the Nat Championship game in 2005, get beat by Boise St., get rolled by A&M. one win last year against Alabama that was a total fluke. you cant beat anyone good Stoops go cry about the refs when u get rolled by good ylteams

  8. pdubb48 says: Aug 2, 2014 6:03 PM

    Stoops your team plays nobodies. You guys stink

  9. fiverings37 says: Aug 2, 2014 6:06 PM

    Again, what is your title game record Bob?

  10. irishdodger says: Aug 2, 2014 6:14 PM

    Save the strength of schedule ranking until AFTER the season is over. It’s meaningless…just like preseason polls…just ask Auburn last season.

  11. irishdodger says: Aug 2, 2014 6:20 PM

    @ Deb:

    I wouldn’t want any coach to aspire to be the next Switzer. The only good thing I can say about him is he won a lot of games & championships. If u think the likes of Urban Meyer are despised despite winning, imagine if Switzer coached in today’s era? No character with piles of NCAA infractions. I’d think Stoops would aspire to Bud Wilkinson if we’re comparing him to OU legends.

  12. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 2, 2014 6:34 PM

    cant wait til the SEC Network goes live on 8-14-14. love watching SEC football and baseball.

  13. anc713 says: Aug 2, 2014 7:08 PM

    If Stoops wants to save face in all of this, he should just call Texas A&M and schedule a home and home.

  14. Deb says: Aug 2, 2014 7:29 PM

    @irishdodger …

    Oh, I cannot stand Barry Switzer. Just can’t stand him. And I don’t only dislike him for his ugly days at Oklahoma, but because SBXXX stands as the biggest heartbreak of my football life and he deserves no credit for coaching that Cowboys team. Only used him as an example because he was a championship coach at OU and assume that’s what Stoops would like to be, not because I admire Switzer in any capacity.

  15. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 2, 2014 7:38 PM

    i love how programs like Jokelahoma and Suckeye State can schedule scrub teams in 15 minutes, yet when it comes to scheduling really good teams they go to the “schedules have to made 8 yrs in advance” card.

    gimme a break Stoops. if you think their schedule is weak and you think you are so good then schedule A&M big mouth.

    its funny you criticize their schedule when you play Tulsa, La Tech and Tennesee.

  16. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 2, 2014 7:40 PM

    last year you scheduled Tulsa, boy they are tough, La Monroe, theres another elite team, and Notre Lame, another powerhouse from the 1950s and 60s.

  17. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 2, 2014 7:43 PM

    in 2012 you had UTEP, Florida A&M and Notre Lame. thats a murderer’s row of ooc opponents. dont throw stones when u live in glass houses punk Stoops

  18. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 2, 2014 9:01 PM

    OU 13, Texas A&M 41

    Medium Game Bob is a whiner.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 2, 2014 9:49 PM

    Stoops knows that A&M in the SEC is choking off his talent pipeline. So his strategy is to try to point out to recruits that A&M has a weak OOC schedule this year.

    The problem with that strategy is I think top level recruits are much more worried about getting to the NFL than playing good OOC games. Especially when that get to play against Alabama, LSU, and auburn every year anyway. SEC still produces the most NFL player every year and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

    But what else is he gonna do…. And in my opinion, Sumlin put the ball in his court. If he wants to play us, he should call. Sumlin has already said he’d accept.

  20. jrs45 says: Aug 3, 2014 12:40 AM

    brownsmakemecrazy,

    I’d be a big Sec fan too if I had to watch the Browns on Sundays lmao!

  21. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 2:26 PM

    @jrs45

    whats funny is i know the Browns blow, you think Suckeye State is a good team thats what is really funny.

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 6, 2014 9:57 AM

    To think, these guys used to be friends….

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