If you chant "Boomer.....Sooner" on Saturdays you may be prepared to write me hate mail, but if your an educated sports fan you may lean back in your chair and ponder a few thoughts after reading this article.
First let me throw out this: Bob Stoops is a GREAT coach, with CAP emphasis on the word "great" to deter those who think I have a bias approach to the guy. However, at what point is great acceptable or just plain predictable? Stoops has molded into the latter. You don't have to throw out numbers to turn my conviction, I know.
I know of his overall record (109-24) with an 82% winning percentage. I know of the National Championship in 2000, the six Big 12 championships in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006-2008, the COY awards in 2000 and 2003, the Bear Bryant Award and prestige/success he has brought to Norman in eight years. I know all this and I'm not an avid Sooners fan who knows where he drinks coffee in the morning or what his favorite seafood dish is.
I also know this 4-6 in bowl games. Do you see how that 82% winning percentage dips to 40%? Contemplate that for a second. He's half as good at winning the games that ultimately define his programs season. Ok, so you can toss around a few arguments on his behalf. You have to win LOTS of games to get to BCS bowl games, nonetheless the National Championship.
The Oklahoma Sooners have played in 1,140 games as of this year and have won 791 of them. That's just under a 70% career winning percentage. Pretty consistent winning for a team that has played enough football games that it would take over 3 years to finish if they played every single day.
So what do all of these numbers mean anyway? Simple. Bob Stoops is a winner, but he's not the only former coach here to win football games consistently or put OU in the national spotlight. Need proof? The Sooners have won seven national championships and Stoops grasped one of them. You do the math. Ultimately, how you fare at the end of the season is more important than what steps you took to get there in the first place.
If you don't believe, glance at your map that's probably collecting dust and look in the mid-west region in the rather large state of Utah. That's right, the Utah Utes capped off not only a better but more memorable season that the Oklahoma Sooners because they WON the game that mattered most...their bowl game. Losing in the National Championship game gives you LESS bragging rights than knocking off (in impressive fashion by the way) a different top ranked team in front of millions of fans.
People remember winners and never think twice about losers unless their criticized, which is exactly what is happening right now. Not only has Bob Stoops not been able to win the big games (losing five consecutive BCS bowl games justifies that assertion) but his team has been embarassed in a good portion of them.
They got trounced by USC in the National Championship, beat down by the West Virginia Mountaineers last year, and upset by Boise State the year before. Nothing against Boise State, but if you cannot close the deal against them, when will you?
Oklahoma is a prestigious school where winning isn't an HONOR, it's a TRADITION. If you go consecutive seasons winning seven games at Buffalo, you're given a raise. If this happens in Norman, you're going to be fired.
Fair? Well, that all depends. I have no reason to believe other big name coaches and even coaches from smaller programs can't make it to BCS bowl games for Oklahoma. Essentially the consistent four and five star recruiting (which the program at this point can recruit by itself) they get every year is enough to keep you a legitimate conference champion.
A lot of his supporters have thrown out how well he recruits; which he does, especially in Texas. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if Bob Stoops leaves Norman, that they are still one of the best teams in the country...PERIOD.
Just like Alex Rodriguez and Tracy McGrady are criticized for their lackluster performances in the playoffs, the same should go for Bob Stoops. Why the double standard? Obviously without McGrady or A-Rod's regular season productiveness, their respective teams would not be the same title-contenders. Bob Stoops is still a fantastic coach, but I believe he should end his tenure in Oklahoma and start building a new program elsewhere.
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