November 29, 2006

Stoops approach won't change

The world of college football can be a difficult place for coaches of high profile programs. There are certainly benefits for successful coaches in the high-stakes game of big-time football. But there are several pitfalls as well.

Bob Stoops has experienced several highs and lows during his head coaching tenure at The University of Oklahoma. But in a span from January of 2005 to August of 2006, Stoops' lows would test any coach in America.

A blowout loss to USC in the FedEx Orange Bowl was the second straight national championship game defeat for Stoops. The next year, he started the season with an entirely new offense and an entirely new direction.

A season opening loss to TCU gave Stoops his first major regular season setback as the head coach of the Sooners. His team then hit rock-bottom when their record fell to 2-3 on the season after crashing and burning against Texas in the 2005 Red River Rivalry.

The Sooners slowly recovered that season and finished off with a Holiday Bowl victory over Oregon, a top 10 team.

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