Posted October 03, 2013

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops takes shot at SEC … again

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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' home was burglarized Wednesday morning. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops had plenty to say about the SEC and its defenses. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)

It seems these days that Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops can’t stop talking about the Southeastern Conference, even though his team plays in the Big 12.

In May, he openly questioned the SEC’s overall strength, claiming that the league’s mystique comes from “propaganda.”

This time, he took note of the conference’s defenses, which have struggled to stop high-powered offenses this season.

“Just a few years ago, we had all the quarterbacks,” Stoops said to the Oklahoman. “And now, all of a sudden, we can play a little better defense and some other people can’t play defense.

“Funny how people can’t play defense when they have pro-style quarterbacks over there, which we’ve had. They’re all playing in the NFL right now.”

Someone noted that Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has a high pass efficiency rating.

“How’s that happening? They’re playing all those SEC defenses,” Stoops said.

The conference has three quarterbacks ranked in the Top 10 in passing efficiency.

“I still don’t know how [Texas] A&M was third in the country in total offense and scoring offense playing all those SEC defenses. I have no idea how that happened.

“Oh, they got a quarterback. That’s right.”

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Since joining the SEC last season, Texas A&M is averaging more than 44 points per game under the direction of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel.


43 comments
SpenserWright
SpenserWright

Lets just see how bad Alabama's defense is tommrow.. hope bobs ready! Roll Tide!

1HatedOn
1HatedOn

I concur about the S.igning E.xtra C.onf overall strength til bowl season... Then their over-signing & deer juice methods just takes over destroys the comp... Certainly cant deny that...

Blinker
Blinker

Looks like living in Oklahoma to long is starting to get to Bob's brain.

sbpetrok
sbpetrok

The Big 12(-2-2+2) is obsessed with the SEC.  Last year or two years ago, Mack Brown said Texas was going to trot out an "SEC style" defense.  

Then the conference talking points included this "toughest conference top to bottom" line which was a clear reference to the SEC.  "Since we can't beat their top teams, we'll claim some meaningless moral victory by arguing  that our bottom teams are better than Auburn and Vanderbi... er, make that Kentucky." 

Now Big Game Bob (who apparently has amnesia after the head shot he took in the Cotton Bowl) goes out of his way to mock SEC defenses?!  (One of which held his team scoreless in the 2nd half of said Cotton Bowl, and to 13 points total)

Why doesn't SOMEONE in the Big 12 do something novel and call out the ACC or Big 10?  And why are there no cheap shots coming from any of the OTHER conferences.  Is the Big 12 so boring and inconsequential that they have to reference the best conference to gain any interest?  I think so!

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

PRETTY SURE the SEC's 'mystique' mainly comes from winning a million national championships in a row with four different programs, but nice try, coach.

plorant
plorant

When did people become fans of a conference instead of individual teams?  Guys...Guys!  Scoreboard! I love the NFC.  They have won 25 of the last 47 Superbowls over the AFC!  

K-Jun
K-Jun

When did Oklahoma last beat on the those SEC teams that have a poor defense? Like never!

K-Jun
K-Jun

Mettenberger and LSU are playing one of the tougher SEC schedules and their schedule is amongst the top 10 in the nation unlike the soft schedule that the Alabama resident SEC Commissioner has provided Alabama the past 5 years. And then they have the gall to schedule the likes of Georgia Southern. Doubt Alabama would have the championships had they played a schedule like some of the other SEC teams. 

I wrote a letter to the SEC Commissioner showing what a vast difference there has been in the toughness of the schedules for the other SEC West teams as well as some of the SEC East teams. Let Alabama play the likes of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina from SEC East during the regular season and see what a great team they are then. Nick Saban would be in depends. 

Now Alabama has been caught cheating by making loans to a player. What ever happened to the investigation of the players who got PAID while attending Alabama. Looks like Alabama is the UCLA basketball of football. Cheat and win and the NCAA closes their eyes for their coach. 

Hola
Hola

LSU lost 11 players to the NFL from their defense.  Georgia lost 9 from their defense.  Alabama lost quite a few on defense.  I'm sure that had a lot to do with why the defenses are not very good this year. 

joeshine730
joeshine730

Big Game Bob Poops loses again. You do not matter Big Game Bob.  You lose too much at the end of the year.

What_Irks_ME
What_Irks_ME

Ho hum.  Waiting for Coach stOOPS to lose his annual "we shouldn't have lost that one" game...  Sometimes, people have to say outlandish things to be relevant.  

TiredOfCliches
TiredOfCliches

Stoops' background is defense, so you know it has bugged the sh*t out of him listening to all the talk about how the Big 12 can't play defense and the SEC is loaded with it.  He is just enjoying the fact that the SEC finally has some very talented QB's (like the Big 12 has throughout the last decade) that SEC defenses have to deal with.  Mettenberger, Murray, Manziel etc are lighting up the elite defenses down there...don't think we'll be seeing many 9-6 yawners for awhile.

DH1
DH1

So I'm assuming he doesn't consider Jay Culter, Eli Manning, Cam Newton, or Matt Stafford good QBs? Or Peyton Manning? Funny.

ApolloOne
ApolloOne

I'm a bit of an SEC homer, but I think Stoops' comment is pretty funny. Harmless chatter.

Also funny is Boomersoonermf's comment about the conference that's won the last seven BCS championships "catching up to the rest of the country." Kinda like Usain Bolt catching up to me in the 100 meters.

Jd1
Jd1

I'm so glad that Mizzou is out of that crap conference called the Big 12 and onto a bigger and better conference in the SEC. I think Stoops is bitter that Oklahoma got left behind and didn't leave when they had the chance.

riley8
riley8

The SEC has won the last 7 BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.  Count em' Bobby 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.  That ain't propaganda Stoops.  Them's facts.

Boomersoonermotherfucker
Boomersoonermotherfucker

Bob Stoops is simply pointing out what most of us already know.   The SEC has had terrible offenses. now that they finally have some decent QB play their mighty defenses look like everybody else.  This is simply the SEC catching up to the rest of the country.  


And you know Stoops has been dealing with high powered offenses for over a decade and has come out with a freakishly good overall record.   A month to prepare for any team in the country?  Yeah, Stoops will be backing up his comments on the field.

jacff
jacff

This coming from the coach of one of only two teams (oops my bad, UT isn't a real team anymore) in that flag football conference that is the remnants of the "Big 12".  He'd have more credibility if he played real teams and occasionally did well in BCS title games.

biasedsportsfan
biasedsportsfan

*watches '08 BCS Title game again*

Nope. Don't know why anyone would say Stoops is bitter at all.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

A little trash talk. That's all. Just to keep things interesting.

morgus
morgus

Hey Bob, those SEC defenses must be bad since you did manage 13 points against A&M in the Cotton Bowl (of course Manziel managed 41 on yours).  Its all propaganda (though the 7 consecutive titles did not hurt)

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Maybe bobbie if you and your mighty conference could actually get into the BCS title game, we'd find out, but I'd give Saban at Bama 30 days to prepare for YOUR team over you preparing for him any day.  

plorant
plorant

I guess maybe its so the other 8 teams in the SEC that will never win even a conference championship in the 21st century can feel cool too.  You know who I'm talking about: Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi St., and South Carolina.

AnthonyPatterrson
AnthonyPatterrson

@K-Jun You got it backwards, Georgia is the one who avoids playing the SEC West. LOL, Florida and South Carolina would have gotten stomped by last years Alabama team, and this ones too. Wow, talk about reaching.

DH1
DH1

@TiredOfCliches Not sure Mettenberger belongs with the other M's just yet, but he's looking more promising this year, that's a fact!

HornsNbr1
HornsNbr1

@DH1 Peyton is one of the best all time, the rest you mention are fair to middlin at best.

TiredOfCliches
TiredOfCliches

@DH1 He's not referring to the entire history of the conference...just the time that he's been head coach at OU.  Your list of 5 QB's is impressive, but it spans 20 years.  The Big 12 sent 5 QB's to the NFL in the last 2 drafts.  Better QB play means bigger scores & bigger yards allowed...no matter how good the defenses are.

plorant
plorant

@Jd1 I forgot Mizzou played football anymore after they left the Big 12.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@riley8 I really like the Sooners and as much as I dislike the SEC, you are right. Championships talk and rhetoric walks. Manziel scored all over Alabama's defense and his team still lost. Doesn't matter what the score is at the end of the game as long as I have one more point than you.

TiredOfCliches
TiredOfCliches

@jacff Flag football conference?  I guess you're referring to the high scores of the games (Alabama 49, A&M 42...Georgia 44, LSU 41).  You have good quarterbacks in the SEC now.  Enjoy it, and admit that Stoops has a point.

DontSayItEddie
DontSayItEddie

@morgus That just kinda proves his point that when you have those QB's defense dont look as tough

sillyusername
sillyusername

@morgus Those 2 games Stoops lost to SEC teams in the BCS title game might have just a little to do with his obvious envy. He is a good coach; but he should try not to act like a jilted little 16 year old girl every time the SEC comes up.

plorant
plorant

Oops I added an extra team there.  Texas Aggies may win one if Sumlin doesn't get hired away first.

DH1
DH1

@TiredOfCliches @DH1 So ture. The SEC has been sending LBs and DEs @ a pretty high rate lately, so maybe that's why the defenses are bleeding just a little bit right now (yes,  I'm an SEC guy, and I think they are down in 2013).

riley8
riley8

@EasyGoer @riley8 That is why I never like coaches or players who run their mouths.  What you do on the field is all that matters.

AnthonyPatterrson
AnthonyPatterrson

@TiredOfCliches @DH1 Jesus Christ, how many players did Alabama, Georgia, and LSU send to the pros this last draft? Maybe that has something to do with the defense being down this year, which I might add is barely 3 games old. This is the same Stoops who got blown out last year by notre dame and their very mediocre qb..

TiredOfCliches
TiredOfCliches

@DH1 @TiredOfCliches No doubt the SEC have, and have had, great players on D.  To me, Stoops is just pointing out that even great defensive players (Alabama 49, A&M 42...Georgia 44, LSU 41) will have a tougher time when dealing with great QB's.  I think more than anything he's saying a kind of "see, I told you we weren't so bad" kind of thing rather than "taking a shot" at SEC defenses as the article title suggests.

sportsmedic
sportsmedic

@DontSayItEddie @jacff Didn't you forget Virginia Tech this year.  They are 6-1 (loss to Alabama) and 3-0 in the ACC.  Oh yeah, that might make your point less valid.