Bob Stoops recently criticized the Southeastern Conference and sparked much controversy. Stoops is the head coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooners and has been at Norman, OK, for 14 seasons.
He said of the SEC, "So, they've had the best team in college football (Alabama). 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?"
No offense, Coach Stoops, but you should focus on coaching Oklahoma instead of criticizing the SEC.
He further said, ""Listen, they've had the best team in college football (Alabama), meaning they've won the national championship. That doesn't mean everything else is always the best."
I have to say, this is one of the most uneducated comments I have ever heard from a college coach. The SEC is extremely dominant. They have won 7 straight National Championships by 4 different SEC squads. That's not one team, Coach Stoops.
The SEC's streak of dominance began in the 2006 Tostitos BCS National Championship where #2 Florida soundly defeated #1 Ohio State, 41-14.
Then in 2007, the #1 LSU Tigers of the SEC defeated #2 Ohio State, 38-24.
In 2008, #1 Florida led by Head Coach Urban Meyer and QB Tim Tebow defeated Stoops' #2 Oklahoma squad, 24-14.
In 2009, #1 Alabama beat #2 Texas, 37-21 in Nick Saban's 1st National Title at the University of Alabama head coaching helm.
In 2010, Cam Newton and the #1 Auburn Tigers defeated the #2 Oregon Ducks, 22-19. In 2011, #2 Alabama defeated #1 LSU, 21-0, in the Allstate BCS National Championship.
Last season, #1 Alabama, led by the strong rushing attack of Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon, dominated #2 Notre Dame and LB Manti Te'o, 41-14 in the 2012 Fedex BCS National Championship. The Fighting Irish also dominated your Sooners earlier in the season, 30-13.
Dominance? I would think so.
Let's just look at the rest of the SEC compared to Stoop's Big 12. The SEC had 7 teams ranked in the 2012 Final AP Top 25 Poll with 5 in the top 10, while the Big 12 had only 3 teams ranked in the Top 25.
I think it's safe to say it's not just Alabama that make the SEC so good. Six SEC squads had a better record than your Oklahoma Sooners. Those SEC squads also played a much harder schedule than your Sooners.
Maybe, Stoops should focus on coaching Oklahoma than talking trash about the SEC. Bob Stoops is certainly one of the best college football coaches, but he has been somewhat questioned in huge games in the last several seasons.
Finally, Stoops shouldn't question the SEC. After all, his 2012 Oklahoma team lost to Jonny Manziel and Texas A&M of the SEC, 41-13, in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.