Quick hit: Stoops teleconference

OU coach Bob Stoops addressed a number of topics during his teleconference call Tuesday.

The Big 12 coaches had their post-spring teleconference call Tuesday morning and here were some of the more interesting things said by Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.

A lot of the focus of much of the teleconference was about the possibility of bringing back a Big 12 conference championship game.

There are some who believe TCU/Baylor got left out in the cold of the College Football Playoff last season because there was not Big 12 championship.

It’s a gut feeling, but Stoops said he would most likely be in favor of a championship game to help the conference out in that regard.

“I don’t know this to be true, but if the selection committee weighing, I mean, is putting weight to a numbers system or scoring system to a number of wins, number of games played, that extra game, if it matters that much and their weighting system favors one team rather than another because they have one extra win, then I would be in favor of playing it,” Stoops said. “I’d reserve my final judgment until you get to see again this year how the selection committee is really weighting who are those top four teams.”

Obviously the focus right now in Norman has nothing to do with making the college football playoff. After a disappointing 8-5 season in 2014 that saw OU lose three home games for the first time in Stoops’ tenure and saw OU lose its final two games, it’s about getting on track first.

The Sooners wrapped up their spring practice last week with practices Tuesday and Thursday, but the bulk of national perception is from OU’s spring game.

Regarding that, Stoops said it’s always a double-edged sword because if one side of the ball is doing well, then that means the other side isn’t.

“I was particularly pleased with the overall improvement in the secondary and defensively as a whole with the disciplines of our coverage,” Stoops said. “We were in position to make plays, and we made them whereas a year ago, we didn’t make them.

“Again, I felt – as you are a head coach watching a game or particular scrimmage – you are never happy because one side or the other is either performing better than the other.

“But I’ve seen our quarterbacks through the entire 15 practices improve, make plays that are there to give me encouragement. I’ve also seen improvement from our receivers.”

A lot of the focus has been OU’s quarterback battle where it feels like it will come down to Trevor Knight and Baker Mayfield. A question being posed by a lot of people is whether OU will see any one of those quarterbacks transfer if not picked and what it could mean for the future of Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen.

Though not unheard of, it would seem a rather late time of year in the process for a quarterback to decide to look elsewhere. And it’s not something Stoops can really worry about.

“We’ve had very few transfers,” Stoops said. “We’ve had a few here and there. We’ve had Nate Hybl and maybe then Baker. I don’t know if we’ve had a whole lot of transfers. For us, it’s been recruiting them out of high school and developing them.”

OU didn’t take a scholarship quarterback for the 2015 class but did grant a preferred walk-on position to Oklahoma City Heritage Hall quarterback Connor McGinnis.

The Sooners are back on the quarterback board for the 2016 class as Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson four-star quarterback Austin Kendall committed to OU two weeks ago.


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