Mack Brown was Bob Stoops’ rival for more than a decade, and now he is the founder of the Stoops at Oklahoma Forever Fan Club.
Speaking this morning after the respective press conferences for the head coaches of Rose Bowl participants Florida State and Oregon, the former Texas Longhorns head football coach delivered an impassioned plea on behalf of Stoops. And the Big 12 conference.
Stoops is now the Dumbest Coach in America after his Sooners, which at the beginning of the season were predicted to be in this new BCS Plus 2, were embarrassed in their bowl loss to Clemson.
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“People better be really, really careful if they are gripping at Bob Stoops,” Mack told a small gathering of us media nerds.
They are. Oklahoma lost four of its final seven games, which included losing by 34 against Baylor in Norman, blowing a 14-point fourth quarter lead against Oklahoma State, and finishing it all up with a masterful 40-6 loss to Clemson in the WhoCares Bowl.
“Go back and look at what it was before he got there. Look at what he has accomplished, because Bob Stoops has done one of the best jobs of anybody in the country and will continue to do that at Oklahoma,” Mack said. “So, in my estimation, they be better be begging him to stay and not be griping.”
The same thing happened to Mack at the end of his run in Austin. There are some similarities between Mack’s time in Austin and Bob’s run in Norman, but there are not nearly as many flags that it’s done in Oklahoma the way they were at Texas. Both coaches struggled to find the right quarterback, and both had unrealistic fan bases which eternally moan they can’t win every game.
Mack left after 16 years, which is now the same amount of time Stoops has been at OU.
After UT reached the BCS title game in the 2009 season, it fell apart of Mack. In his final four years UT never won 10 games, and finished the season in the Top 25 only once.
Since Stoops arrived in Norman in 1999, the Sooners have won no less than 10 games only four times. They have never posted consecutive seasons of fewer than 10 wins. This will only be the second time in his tenure not finishing in the top 25.
Even Mack concedes coaches in today’s era are not going to stick around this long any more. A variety of factors play in, but memories are short and once you win a title expectations go from high to absurd.
Some signs are there for Stoops that it may be about that time, but given his resume and track record he has earned the right to prove it.
Mac Engel, 817-390-7760
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