Every Monday afternoon during the football season OU coach Bob Stoops has his weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated will give you the three most important things to take from the session.
Game No. 11: vs. Kansas (3-7, 1-6)
Take No. 1: Stoops says he’s not a candidate for Florida job
The rumors swirled within minutes of the decision Sunday so Stoops knew he would be asked about it. On a couple of occasions Stoops has seemed to be the No. 1 target for the Florida job. With it being announced Will Muschamp will not be retained by the Gators after the regular season, the rumor is back.
Stoops said he wasn’t a candidate for the job during the Big 12 teleconference and reiterated that thought during his press conference.
“I’m not a candidate for any job,” Stoops said. “Whether anyone ever contacts me, I won’t say one way or another.”
Stoops said the only job he wants to be a candidate for is the one he has in Norman. Even though this season hasn’t gone the way many had hoped, Stoops has repeatedly said he is not discouraged by how things are going.
One of the many reasons he said he’s not looking to leave is because of the support from the OU administration.
“Been supported in every possible way,” Stoops said. “I’ve had a lot of opportunities to go elsewhere, and it’s why I’ve chosen not to (leave.).”
Take No. 2: Injuries taking a toll on Sooners
OU was relatively healthy heading into November and things have gotten off track during the last two weeks with a number of key starters going down for OU.
Stoops announced Monday morning Trevor Knight won’t play Saturday so it will be the second start for Cody Thomas. He also reconfirmed that Geneo Grissom has a sprained MCL and will miss the rest of the regular season.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard tried to play Saturday but took himself out after the first two series. Stoops said their fingers are crossed that he’ll be ready for the Jayhawks.
And Julian Wilson, who missed last week with his thumb injury, most likely won’t play as well. Stoops said unless something changes, don’t expect Wilson to return.
Take No. 3: Shepard and Stoops earn award
Also announced Monday was the fact Shepard and Stoops are going to win the Disney Sports Spirit Award – given annually to college football’s most inspirational figure.
The story of Shepard and Stoops is well known at this point, but the relationship continues to build through Shepard’s three years on campus.
Shepard’s father, who also attended OU, died when Shepard was young, and Stoops made a vow to the family that Sterling would always be a part of the OU family.
“I made sure (Shepard’s) mom knew we wanted him with us,” Stoops said. “I never knew I’d be recruiting him, though, 12 years later.”
Shepard’s two uncles also played at OU, and Shepard said Stoops, his grandpa and his uncles have helped him have male role models in his life.
“The impact that (Stoops) has had on my life is the kind of impact he’s had on a lot of other lives as well,” Shepard said.