Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was back addressing the media for the first time in three weeks, talking about the Capital One Orange Bowl against Clemson on Dec. 31.
Sooners Illustrated was there to break down the three most important nuggets from the 45-minute session.
Game 13: vs. No. 1 Clemson
Take No. 1: Jordan Thomas will play, no further punishment
There was some speculation surrounding cornerback Jordan Thomas, after being arrested and jailed last week. But the belief was nothing further would happen with Thomas, and Stoops confirmed that.
“Nothing else to talk about,” Stoops said. “Pretty simple. Happens to everybody.”
Thomas was jailed last weekend after failing to appear for a traffic citation last month and failure to pay the bill for the ticket. There was a mis-communication between Thomas and his family about the ticket and how things were going to be handled.
Thomas, named second-team All-Big 12 last week, has obviously been a major contributor for the Sooners during Big 12 play, culminating with two interceptions and a touchdown in the conference-clinching victory at Oklahoma State.
Take No. 2: Housecleaning items/Cody Thomas backup QB
It was already revealed earlier in the week that cornerback Marcus Green was no longer with the program, and he announced his intention to transfer Wednesday morning.
Stoops addressed other players who won’t be making the trip to Miami as well. He said redshirt freshman Alex Dalton ruptured an ACL in practice last week and won’t play, while Daniel Brooks, Prentice McKinney and Gabriel Campbell will not be making the trip because of academic issues from the summer.
All things considered, not that bad of a hit. Green has been a contributor on special teams, while Dalton had seen some time in the interior of the line. Provided he makes a full recovery, though, it shouldn’t hold him back. Brooks is the biggest blow because of what he has been able to do on special teams in the coverage part of that unit.
Stoops also announced Cody Thomas is the backup quarterback for the Sooners and was in that role for OU for Bedlam las month.
Take No. 3: Coaching chemistry was huge
There has been a lot of talk this season about how much the players seem to feed off each other and enjoy being around each other.
The same holds true for the coaches as that was something Stoops readily pointed out.
“Yea, it has been awesome,” Stoops said. “I’ve appreciated and liked the way this staff has worked this whole year.”
Stoops, of course, made changes across the board following the 2014 season. Sometimes you get them wrong. In this case, got them right.