Monday, August 29, 2016

Bob Stoops: Oklahoma Was Never Stepping Stone Job

Bob Stoops came to OU in 1999 and has been winning ever since, becoming the winningest coach in Oklahoma history and accruing nine Big 12 titles and a National Championship.

Stoops said that when he arrived at OU he knew he was accepting a job that would last a long time.

“I knew this wasn’t a stepping stone job. I knew that accepting this job, done the right way, you would be here a long time,” Stoops said at his weekly press conference on Monday. “Could I ever foresee 18 seasons? Not really, but I also knew then that this is one of the best jobs in the country, and I believe it still is and I’ve been fortunate, I’ve said, to work for the same president and athletic director that are great leaders, so I don’t take that for granted. I’ve never been one to live my life thinking the grass is greener on the other side. It isn’t always, and I’ve been so fortunate to work with these leaders and assistant coaches and in a community that’s appreciated us, so all that together has led to 18 seasons.”

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Stoops said that he takes it year by year, never planning to reach goals in a certain amount of time because there’s always the potential for change in his football life and his family life.

“It’s hard in our profession to look too far ahead,” Stoops said.

Stoops has brought his one year at a time philosophy to the way he approaches each football season.

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" It’s a whole new year,” Stoops said. “Guys are anxious to go play and earn our way again. And I don’t tie years together, I never have.” (
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