Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops tried to be funny last Friday, but doing so at the expense of a student-athlete usually doesn't turn out well.
Stoops had a guest spot on Oklahoma City's WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM) and inserted his foot in his mouth—surprising absolutely no one—when he offered his opinion on Texas A&M's Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel.
“If they can keep [him] out of jail or keep him eligible, he's gonna be pretty good,” Stoops said.
Stoops also offered up this tidbit: “If they can keep him off Twitter, he might have 3-4 Heismans.”
Obviously, Manziel's behavior over the past three months has irritated Stoops, which is pretty ironic when you consider some of the behavior Mike Stoops has exhibited on the sidelines over the years.
Manziel has been photographed with beautiful women, lots of cash and lots of festive party props. To sum up Johnny Manziel in one year, he has become the modern-day Joe Namath at the college football level. The fact that (so far) everything Manziel has done has been deemed perfectly legal has apparently touched a Stoops nerve despite the rest of the nation loving every minute of Manziel's off-the-field activities.
Let's face it, a kid playing in the toughest conference—and a former Big 12 team, at that—and actually having a ball doing it must really tick Stoops off. Wasn't Texas A&M supposed to struggle in its inaugural year in the SEC? It didn't.
In fact, the Aggies enjoyed a 11-2 record, including a 41-13 spanking of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.
Stoops has always appeared to be a bit volatile on the sidelines, but at 51 years old, he should be able to control his editing process.
Granted, he did laugh after he made those controversial remarks, but the very fact that he opened that can of worms seems just so damn petty. Stoops sounds like that bitter fan who just found out that his team lost a coveted recruit—jealous, biting and juvenile.
But even more to the point is that Stoops' immaturity hasn't gotten any better over the years. He's a hot head who happens to have a genius defensive mind. Despite his poor attempts at humor, nothing will ever change.
Personally, I'm fine with that because, if nothing else, Stoops is at least consistent. One minute, he's acting like an immature brat. The next minute, he's displaying defensive genius on the sidelines.
Except when he had to stop Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel in the 2013 Cotton Bowl.
In the end, a 20-year-old kid is having more fun than Stoops is. A 20-year-old kid also made Mike Stoops' defensive schemes look like a cheese grater—Manziel passed and rushed for over 500 yards all by himself in the Cotton Bowl. The kid is schooling the teacher.
Stoops recently apologized for his remarks, according to a Dallas Morning News report, but did so through an Oklahoma spokesperson saying he has the “utmost respect for Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel.”
Stoops didn't actually issue the statement himself, which again, comes as no surprise. What Stoops did do was call attention to Manziel's glamorous life—not that Manziel needed Stoops' help in that department—and that will now probably cause his Twitter use to become dull and lifeless.
We, the fans of college football nation, will probably lose a glimpse of what it's like to live the life of Johnny Football. We're not happy about that.
But, hey, we will still get to watch Mike Stoops on the sidelines, which is probably almost as entertaining.
So there's that.