If we have learned anything about Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops this offseason, it is that he is not the biggest fan of the SEC. His statement that the extensive media coverage of the rival conference is nothing more than “propaganda” blew up the blogosphere almost instantaneously. Now he is downplaying an SEC offense that piled up 41 points on Stoops’ defense in a blowout Cotton Bowl loss in January.
Bob Stoops on Texas A&M at the podium: “It’s an SEC offense now? Well, for the last 100 years or whatever, it’s been a Big 12 offense.”
— David Ubben (@davidubben) June 6, 2013
Oklahoma, along with Texas, has dominated the Big 12 since 1994 — the year of the league’s inception, which is not exactly “100 years” ago, but we’ll give Stoops the benefit of the doubt, because why not? — and neither of the two programs were happy to watch Texas A&M and Mizzou join the SEC.
However, neither of the two expected to have to deal with either the Aggies or Tigers so soon after their departures. Mizzou had been extremely competitive but had not earned the respect of Oklahoma, while the Aggies had simply been a middle-of-the-road program.
Bu that was before the rise of Johnny Manziel under center. That was before first-year coach Kevin Sumlin implemented his high-flying offense.
That was before the Aggies made their mark in the SEC.
How could Stoops possibly infer that A&M was still a Big 12 offense? The Aggies’ superstar passer and coach never stepped foot on a Big 12 football field. Manziel’s top target in his potent air attack, Mike Evans, also starred as a freshman a year ago — meaning he also only understands Texas A&M football as an SEC entity.
Stoops had better begin to understand it as well.
Or else more beat-downs might be in his future.