Posted May 07, 2013

Bob Stoops: SEC dominance is part propaganda

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Bob Stoops said the bottom half of the Big 12 compares well to the SEC's worst teams. (Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the bottom half of the Big 12 compares well to the SEC’s worst teams. (Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)

Bob Stoops has given SEC schools and fans something to rally around this offseason. The Oklahoma head coach told the Tulsa World that the same SEC that just had a record 63 players selected in the NFL Draft three months after winning a seventh consecutive football national championship is not above “propaganda.”

Speaking during a caravan promoting Sooners football, Stoop said the SEC has ruled the national championship, but the Big 12 and other conferences aren’t far from closing a gap many see as gaping.

Here’s what Stoops told the Tulsa World.

“Well, it depends on what gap you’re talking about,” Stoops said. “What are the bottom six doing?

“So they’ve had the best team in college football,” Stoops said. “They haven’t had the whole conference. Because, again, half of ‘em haven’t done much at all. I’m just asking you. You tell me.”

Stoops was comparing the strength of the Big 12′s bottom-half of teams against the SEC’s. Five SEC teams that did not go to a bowl last year — Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee were a combined 19-41. The Big 12′s bottom half included a combined 29-35 overall record from Texas Tech, TCU, West Virginia, Iowa State and Kansas. Both conferences sent nine teams to 2013-14 bowl games. Of course, many other records and head-to-head outcomes could be factored into the debate.

“It depends on who you want to listen to,” Stoops told the Tulsa World. “Listen, they’ve had the best team in college football, meaning they’ve won the national championship. That doesn’t mean everything else is always the best.

“So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you,” he said. “You’re more than smart enough to figure it out. Again, you can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing?

“What’d we (the Big 12) have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year? Again, you figure it all out.”

There’s little doubt SEC supporters will point to Texas A&M trouncing Stoops and the Sooners, 41-13, in the Cotton Bowl as something to remember when discussing conference superiority.


17 comments
RobRussell
RobRussell

At least three or four SEC teams would have beaten Notre Dame in the championship game....With or without imaginary girl friends cheering in the stands....Putting Tennessee and Auburn on the poop list is a bit funny since they have both won BCS championships in the last 15 years or so....

JonathanD
JonathanD

 @RobRussell You realize that Auburn completely fell apart and has been exposed for widespread cheating durigg that championship year, right?

jarobertson
jarobertson

He we have Bob Stoops defelcting the fact that he and his Sooners have been underachievers for qiute some time. Bob you should (1) shut up.(2) fresh up the resume. (3) have a good by out package. Because I think your days are numbered in Norman.

Ray1950
Ray1950

 @jarobertson I'm sure Bob would be more inclined to listen to you if you knew how to spell.  It's "deflecting" ... "freshen" up the resume ... "buy out", not by out.

JeffOH12
JeffOH12

I remember at the beginning of last year. All the SEC fans put A&M down and said the would get crushed. Now they welcome them into the fold. I think we all know the SEC is the best conference by far but their fans make me laugh. They hate on A&M till they serve a purpose. Then when their team stinks they jump on the SEC SEC bandwagon.  How about you pick a team and stick with them. Nope that's not the SEC way. It's who cares if my team stinks Bama won a title.

JonathanD
JonathanD

 @JeffOH12 How is it that Texas A&M can go from being a bad-to-mediocre Big-12 team to being an elite SEC team so quickly?  Hmmm....

Wesley7
Wesley7

 @JeffOH12 

What are you going on about?

As a Bama alum living in Texas, I never once put own A&M. Rather I welcomed them aboard (especially watching how Texas treated them for so long and knowing quite a few Aggies). Most SEC fans I know welcomed them. And many SEC fans do genuinely love the conference as well as their own team (I cheer Bama first, LSU second, anyone else in the SEC third). And there is no shame or folly in that. It's a damn good league and always has been. I don't know where you are from, but with limited professional outlets in the South, college football is THE event. So it generates a lot of love an loyalty.

 

Why other fans of other teams around the country don't get that or feel they have to mock it is more a commentary on their own sad state of affairs than ours.

lambo64bama
lambo64bama

i think bobby has been in the oklahoma sun too long.then again brian kelly said notre dames loss to Bama was not that bad too, so.....

lambo64bama
lambo64bama

The single most over paid coach in sports period.SEC sent 9 teams to bowls in 2012-2013, same as big 12 or 10 or whatever they are.ill take vandy and 7 againest o.u any day.

mjhellund
mjhellund

TEll that to Manti and the ND D, you yahoo.

Sdflash2006
Sdflash2006

First, I agree that the SEC superiority blather coming from their fans is over the top at times. That being said Stoop's is flat wrong. His comments about the bottom half of the SEC are also nonsensical. Perhaps the reason the bottom SEC teams are at the bottom is because they have to play the Top 5? An example is Missouri, 5-7 last year and an abject failure in the eyes of chortolling Big 12 fans. I imagine Stoops gladly includes them in the bottom SEC teams. Admittedly, Missouri wasn't one of the elite Big 12 teams, but under Gary Pinkel they were a good and sometimes very good team during the last years of their time in the Big 12. There is little doubt in my mind that they would have qualified for a bowl game last year if they were still in the Big 12. So what happened last year in the SEC? I am not here to refight the war over whether Missouri abandoning the Big 12 was treason. Get over it. The money from the SEC network will ultimately prove they made the right decision. Looking at last year, where Missouri statistically had the toughest schedule in the country, 5 of their 7 losses were against Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M. Their other 2 losses were a close game to a good Vanderbilt team wihere Mizzou played without their starting QB and a last drive loss to Syracuse, another bowl team. Not saying that Missouri was all that good last year, but I wonder how many of the Big 12 teams that played in bowls last year would have won 6 games playing this schedule. Yeah Missouri is an inferior bottom dweller for sure. Not sure what point Stoops was trying to prove, but he sounded ridiculous trying to prop up his conference at the expense of one that is clearly superior. A conference,by the way, that Oklahoma was more than willing to desert if the PAC 12 had let them.

GT500456
GT500456

 @Sdflash2006 I have to agree with you on this.   Of course the bottom half of the SEC is going to have some losses when they have to play the top half.   It would be impossible for all of the SEC schools to have a winning record when they play against each other.

 

Stoops is probably wishing he coached an SEC team these days.

Trotter
Trotter

Umm, Bob, how did you fare in the Cotton Bowl? Moron!

RobertHeiney
RobertHeiney

Funny. Coming from a former defensive coordinator of the Gators under Spurrier. The SEC is the strongest football conference in college football. Yes, someday they'll lose a championship, but I think that day is a few years down the road.

TomMoore1
TomMoore1

If I remember correctly, the SEC Aggies beat the hell outta ou at the Cotton Bowl....a traditionally held Big 12 bowl...Ah well, sucks to be ou!....GIG EM!

Ray1950
Ray1950

 @TomMoore1 You don't need a memory to remember that game. It's part of the article!