Video: Bob Stoops says Oklahoma tornado struck mile from home

Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops walks down the tunnel prior to the game against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at Amon G Carter Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops’ home was nearly caught up in the tragic tornado that shredded nearby Moore. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

The hearts of the entire nation have been wrenched by the devastation witnessed in Moore, Oklahoma, following the tragic tornado strike that leveled the entire town.

Bob Stoops, in a phone interview, told ESPN that the mile-wide spiraling tunnel of destruction passed only a mile from the Sooners coach’s home.

“It crossed over just north of us and just about a mile from our home,” said Stoops, who was working at the OU football offices during the storm.

There is only one word to describe Stoops’ family’s situation: Lucky. However, the man did not take very long counting his own blessings, but rather returned the focus to those who now find their lives turned upside down.

“Just thinking of all these, so, so many families that are devastated,” Stoops said. “This will be a long-term effort to get everyone back on their feet.”

Watch the entire interview here:

Video courtesy ESPN

[H/T:  eThe Oklahoman]