"That is probably the dumbest question I've ever been asked, Chip." (Photo courtesy: Yahoo! Sports)
OK, so it's not like Bob Stoops said nothing today during his opening session at Big 12 Media Days. However, in an offseason in which Stoops has had plenty to say about seemingly everything pertinent in college football, Oklahoma's coach offered precious little insight into anything relevant about the upcoming season.
A few of what I guess you could call the highlights from Stoops' time at the podium:
*Stoops got testy with Brian Baldinger from Fox over the assumption that Blake Bell will win/has won the nod as the Sooners' starter at quarterback. I liked that part.
Um, to reiterate: If Bell isn't running with the first team come Labor Day weekend, I'll be flabbergasted.
*Maybe the most interesting nugget to come from the Q-and-A period was Stoops indicating that OU could roll out a Belldozer-esque package for Trevor Knight or Kendal Thompson. Bell's big frame makes him better-suited to short-yardage situations, so I wonder if Josh Heupel is toying with a package for Knight or Thompson that could be used outside of those scenarios?
*Stoops did a nifty tap-dance routine around a question about competition in recruiting the state of Texas from schools like TCU and Texas A&M. For some of the more, shall we say, "involved" fans out there, the answer that it's always competitve in the Lone Star State just won't cut it.
*Stoops acknowledged the potential problems created when no-huddle offenses stall on three-and-out drives. Of course, I didn't hear anything to make me think he had plans to fiddle with the pace of play.
*If you hadn't figured it out already...
Bob Stoops on notion his criticism of SEC perception may have upset some folks: "I don't really care. I am entitled to my opinion."
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 23, 2013
*Stoops said that if he stays at OU another five years, he doesn't think the Sooners will win the Big 12 every year.