Will Muschamp disagrees (h/t Palm Beach Post).
At a recent Sooner Caravan event in Tulsa (h/t Tulsa World), Stoops told all within an ear’s shot that while the SEC has “had the best team in college football, 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."
Muschamp heard the quote Wednesday and told the media (h/t Palm Beach Post), “I’d be saying the same thing if I were in the Big 12. I said it for three years.”
After serving as the defensive coordinator for Texas, Muschamp knows the Big 12 well. Muschamp's response was said with a chuckle and in good fun, but you still have to wonder where Stoops was coming from.
Who doesn’t love the college football offseason? Just when it seemed like things were getting slow after spring, two coaches from two top conferences have started to fire-off in each other’s direction—in the name of the conference of course.
Stoops’ claim is that the bottom of the SEC is not as talented as the media and others may put on. Conferences like the Big 12 are much stronger from top to bottom. At least that is the assumption that one draws from his statement.
Which is the stronger conference?
Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee breaks down why Stoops was off base here.
When it comes down to game day, anyone would take Auburn, Missouri or Kentucky over Kansas.
Why Stoops decided to step out and take a shot at the SEC is still up for debate. Maybe he is still irritated over the embarrassing 41-13 loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, or it could be he wanted his Sooners to jump to the SEC during expansion.
Maybe someone should get Les Miles on the phone and see what he thinks. He is a former Big 12 coach and likely has some quotable material to drop on us.