Bob Stoops shocked some fans and media members this week when he said “We did our part, we showed ‘em a hundred times.” “They’ve gotta choose to be ready to play.” You may interpret this as Stoops is throwing his players under the bus, or he is trying to motivate them to take their opponents more seriously. In fact, it’s a coach saying what all coaches have wanted to say for years. “We can only do so much.” From little league, all the way up to the NFL the players have to execute what they are being taught. You can scheme and adjust all you want but if a guy doesn’t get it or is determined to do it his way you’re going to get your butt beat the same way Oklahoma did. Sure you can bench him and take the risk the guy on the bench might give you production. However, there is no guarantee with that. The fan in us always wants to point the finger at someone for a loss, the easiest person with OU is Stoops. When you count the embarrassments the Sooners have had over the past 15 years the list is many. And there are more than a few we can put squarely on the head ball coach’s shoulders. But, answer this, what are he and any of his assistant supposed to do if there is no fight? Rousing speeches may get you out of the locker room door. Then your athletes have to make plays. We are supposed to admire truth-telling if it is the truth that the players did not listen to Stoops then why shoot the arrows at him? Samaje Perine said.”We didn’t show up to play.” “I feel like some of us really bought into they’re not as good as they’ve been in the past.” That is your star running back saying the team was not prepared and listened to hype instead of listing to what the coaches had been telling them all week. This loss is on the players and lack of guts they showed, now it is time for them to make amends. Not to us, to their coaches the ones who believed in them enough to give them scholarships and allow them to play at The University of Oklahoma. College players are not above being called out; it’s a good lesson for life because there won’t always be a coach there to take the blame for your mistakes.
Did Stoops Throw His Players Under The Bus?