Bob Stoops goes unplugged on OU's sideline

Sooners' head coach experiments with headset-less coaching to "see the game" differently

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops walked up and down the sideline Saturday night unplugged, his headset removed, taking in the game from a new perspective.

And he kind of liked it.

“I don’t have to listen to everybody chattering,” Stoops said. “I get a chance to maybe feel the pulse of the team, see the game a little better in my eyes – how it’s going – without the influence of everybody else.”

With the way Oklahoma calls plays in Lincoln Riley’s offense, Stoops doesn’t necessarily need to hear anything. The hand signals make it easier for him to just see what the upcoming play will be.

Stoops said he spoke with former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer about coaching without his headset off, and Switzer said that he liked it better on occasion.

It probably didn’t help or hurt against Akron, but Stoops had a chance to feel the rhythm of the game a little bit more Saturday night without the voices in his ear distracting him.

“I’ll experiment with it, but I kind of like it,” Stoops said. “I would never have thought of it until talking to coach (Switzer) about it.”


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