The NFL Draft has come and gone. Spring practices are long over. With the dog days of summer drawing near, college football fans currently find themselves within the throws of a monotonous lull.
Thank goodness we have Bob Stoops to keep us entertained.
“Big Game Bob,” as the Oklahoma coach is (now sarcastically) called, decided to spice up the bland, offseason doldrums recently by calling out the SEC. That’s right, Bob Stoops, whose team competes in the Big 12, has called out the conference that has reeled off seven straight national titles.
Regarding the nearly universal acknowledgement of the SEC as the nation’s top conference, Stoops stated that college football fans have been subject to “propaganda.”
Say what? Was it just pure coincidence that the past seven national champions have been SEC teams?
Coach Stoops was quick to chime in on that statistic as well.
“What are the bottom six doing?” he retorted. “Half of them haven’t done much at all. So, they’ve had the best team in college football. They haven’t had the whole conference. Because, again, half of them haven’t done much at all. I’m just asking you. You tell me.”
Stoops’ comments seem so juvenile and simple-minded, he’s practically begging for someone to draw it out for him in cardboard cutout fashion.
Here you go, Bob:
SEC teams have to play against one another, in actual tackle football games. And someone has to lose those games. All 14 teams can’t compete for an SEC crown, or be ranked in the top 10. It’s an of issue of basic mathematics. It’s highly noteworthy, however, that six SEC teams did finish the season ranked in the top 12.
As far as Stoops’ degradation of the SEC’s bottom half, two of those teams – Vanderbilt and Ole Miss – won bowl games. And they were the SEC’s eighth and ninth place teams. The Big 12’s ninth place team – Kansas – went 1-11.
As if another premise was needed to support the SEC’s case, the 2013 NFL Draft serves as quite the telling testament. Of the first 97 players selected, 32 were from the SEC. Are the NFL’s general managers all braindead, Bob? Are they all in on this vast, conspiratorial, pro-SEC propaganda machine? No, they simply want to win football games — just like the teams in the nation’s most dominant conference.
Following Stoops’ disdainful comments, two coaches who face the week-in, week-out SEC gauntlet couldn’t help but fire back in response.
“I’d be saying the same thing if I were in the Big 12,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. Boom.
But leave it to the conference’s 800-pound coaching gorilla – Alabama’s Nick Saban – to put the ultimate pimp slap on Stoops’ dim-witted analysis.
“I’ve got more important things to do than sit around and read what Bob Stoops has to say about anything,” he said.
Ouch. Saban may have short limbs, but the four-time national title winner reached all the way back to Georgia before unleashing that backhand.
Tell us what you really think, Nick.
“I think there’s probably a lot of animosity out there because of the success that we have in our league,” Saban continued. “But I think that kind of goes with the territory.”
The real question is: Does Coach Stoops actually believe his laughable drivel?
Some national media bloggers have speculated that Stoops is making a political ploy in anticipation of the upcoming playoff system, and is strictly trying to knock the national perception of the SEC down a bit. In that case, the conference wouldn’t receive as much favoritism for a spot, or perhaps multiple spots, in the playoff.
Others, meanwhile, have surmised that with the Texas A&M Aggies now sporting an SEC logo on their chests, the lifeblood of Stoops’ program – Texas high school recruits – will slowly transfuse over to SEC competitors. Both of these theories have merit.
But the real reason for the animosity may be just as simple as it sounds while rolling off Stoops’ tongue: Good old-fashioned jealousy.
Yes, anti-SEC vitriol comes in large quantities these days. Message boards are flooded with trash-talking banter that usually pits the SEC vs the Nation. Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, and ACC fans have all come together in fellowship of their SEC hatred. Many have been strongly supportive of Stoops’ comments. And, as Saban points out, that’s understandable.
To be fair, SEC fans have become rather arrogant about their status. But does that change the fact that the league has won seven straight national titles, and 11 of the last 21?
Does it change the fact the SEC dominates the polls, the high school recruiting rankings, and the NFL Draft?
Does it change the fact that some of the lower-tier teams in the conference still have winning records, and take home bowl championship trophies?
Not in the least.
The Southeastern Conference is completely dominating the sport. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
I get it. The national media gets it. Nick Saban gets it. The NFL gets it. The flies on the walls in Coach Stoops’ office even get it.
What about Bob?