Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has kept himself in the headlines this offseason.
From voicing his opposition to paying players (via Yahoo Sports) to saying that media members shouldn't have a role in the playoff selection committee (via newsok.com), Stoops has welcomed a hot mic with open arms.
This time, though, he's gone too far.
Speaking to a crowd at a Sooner Caravan stop, Stoops took aim at the SEC's power, which he sees as more myth than reality (via: Tulsa World):
Listen, they've had the best team in college football, meaning they've won the national championship. That doesn't mean everything else is always the best.
So they've had the best team in college football. They haven't had the whole conference. Because, again, half of 'em haven't done much at all. I'm just asking you. You tell me.
Well, "hello" indeed.
Stoops apparently forgot that the last time his football team set foot on the field, it was smoked 41-13 by the SEC's fourth- or fifth-best team Texas A&M in a game that saw Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel roll up a Cotton Bowl-record 516 yards.
Stoops—a man who coaches in a conference where 40 percent of its members finished with seven or fewer wins—is complaining about the back end of the SEC, even though 43 percent of the SEC finished with seven or fewer wins last season.
You want to talk about depth at the back end? Seems pretty even to me.
He also forgot that his conference features 1-11 Kansas and that the SEC finished with six teams ranked in the top 12 of the final USA Today Coaches' Poll.
Let's go down the standings and compare teams, shall we? Would Texas Tech—the Big 12's sixth-best team in 2012—have topped South Carolina last year?
Nope. That's laughable.
How about 6-7 Iowa State—which finished ninth in the Big 12—versus 7-6 and ninth-place Ole Miss?
Not a chance.
Then there's this gem from Stoops:
So you're listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you. You're more than smart enough to figure it out. Again, you can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing?
Throwing out Missouri since it wasn't a member until 2012, in the three-year period from 2009 to 2011, the SEC's bottom five teams in 2012 were a combined 110-82, 5-4 in bowl games and won one national championship.
No propaganda there. Just facts.
Stoops' comments are dripping with envy and jealousy, bordering on rage. That makes sense, though, considering the man once known as "Big Game Bob" has failed on the game's biggest stages, most notably in this year's Cotton Bowl against former Big 12 rival Texas A&M and against Florida in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game following the 2008 season.
Maybe Stoops should focus more on his team living up to the hype that follows it seemingly every offseason before complaining about the hype the SEC has earned over the last seven years.
Just a thought.