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OU coach Bob Stoops honored his mentor, Steve Spurrier, on Saturday

OU coach Bob Stoops was missing something Saturday at Kansas State, but it was planned and meant to honor his friend.

There were a lot of different things about Oklahoma’s road game at Kansas State. The Sooners had a massive plane delay of more than eight hours that didn’t let them arrive in Manhattan until around midnight.

And OU head coach Bob Stoops was without his visor. No, he didn’t leave it in Norman. This was actually part of the plan as a way to honor one of his mentors, Steve Spurrier.

“That’s a salute to Coach Spurrier,” Stoops said. “Gus Malzahn’s idea. I said to my wife, ‘That’s a great idea.’ I said to my wife, ‘Good for him. Why wouldn’t I do that?’”

Spurrier rather unexpectedly announced his resignation from South Carolina earlier in the week, and Stoops was the defensive coordinator for Spurrier back when he was coaching at Florida in the 1990s.

Their friendship goes well beyond the football field as Stoops and Spurrier have been close friends ever since and are in constant contact.

“As you guys all know how much Coach Spurrier means to me,” Stoops said. “He is a great, great friend. They’re like family to us. I thought all he’s meant to coaching the example he’s been to all us coaches and how competitive over the years, it’s just a way to tip your hat or salute to him.”

Stoops joked about not wearing the visor again following OU’s impressive 55-0 victory against Kansas State. Between that, the fast food barrage Friday night during the plane delay, there were some odd circumstances for the Sooners.

With OU heading back home to face Texas Tech this weekend, it should be back to normal for the Sooners.


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