Bob Stoops has a lesson for Nick Saban: Do as I say, not as I do.
Stoops was at Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday, where he responded to comments made by Saban during an appearance on ESPN’s College Football Live.
Saban said that Alabama’s 45-31 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners was in part due to his inability to get his team “to try to play in a consolation game” after their loss to Auburn. As noted by The Oklahoman, Stoops took exception to what he saw as Saban making excuses.
“I don’t pay attention,” Stoops said. “We’ve played for quite a few national championships and when we don’t play for one it never seems to be the mantra but anyway you can make all the excuses you want or not. The bottom line is, it is what it is.
Stoops then twisted the knife a little, sarcastically adding that Alabama played well – at first.
“And they sure looked good that first series, I’ll tell you that.”
So while Oklahoma fans are enjoying their coach accusing Nick Saban of whining, it would be fair to point out Stoops’ comments after Notre Dame stomped Oklahoma to the tune of 30-13 in Norman, OK back in 2012:
“We were just on the wrong side of some judgment calls … I’m not complaining at all. I’m just saying, when you’re in a tight game, those decisions are tough to overcome.”
Apparently, Stoops thinks his home field referees are bought-and-paid for in South Bend.
What Stoops seems to be saying is that any comment by a coach as to why their team lost a game – other than, ‘the other team was just better’ – counts as excuse-making. No point in analyzing a loss, explaining the mindset of a team or any of the circumstances surrounding a game. Just take your loss, prostrate yourself before your conquerer, and get back on the practice field.
Or, if you coach at Oklahoma, blame the refs.