Perhaps Bob Stoops was just thinking out loud, carrying on his own interior monologue with a bit of wishful musing, when he insisted this spring that the Southeastern Conference wasn’t necessarily the best league around.
But the conversation in May that Stoops, the 52-year-old Oklahoma head coach, had with an Oklahoma newspaper reporter opened up the Sooners chief to all sorts of national mockery. The SEC is best. Nothing to see here. Move along and start creating even more glowing adjectives for the best college football league in the history of pigskin.
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‘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.’
— Bob Stoops, Oklahoma coach, May 2013
‘Well, we don’t play everybody in the Big 12 or whatever it is, so I don’t really know much about their league. … I really don’t think that people that don’t play in our league (understand) the quality of our league from top to bottom.’
— Nick Saban, Alabama coach, May 2013