Below are quotes from Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops and several players after arriving in Miami Monday afternoon and after practice. Quotes are courtesty of OrangeBowl.org.
Coach Bob Stoops (at airport):
"Our state and fans have familiarity coming down here, having played in 17 Orange Bowls. Hopefully, we can make it another memorable experience."
"What's important is to enjoy the bowl experience in the right ways.
When we practice we need to be attentive and focused. We need to make the most of it and be prepared. It's how we play the game that's memorable to people."
"It's great to be here and we're very excited. The Orange Bowl does a great job of hosting us. To be back for a National Championship is very exciting."
"Our guys and coaches are familiar with the routine down here. Everyone here does a great job of hosting and working with us. It never gets old coming to Miami and we always look forward to the opportunity."
"I'm excited to be here and be able to help my teammates as much as I can. I've been anxious to get back instead of watching from the sidelines."
"I'm excited and looking forward to playing USC. USC is a great team and I feel that we match up evenly. USC has a fast offense; we've got to make sure we get all over them."
"I've been in this type of situation once or twice before, the key is
staying humble and taking it one day at a time."
"Our schedule is crazy! Straight off the plane we are rushed here to
practice and run. I'm glad though because the coaches set the tone. Our goal here is to win a national Championship."
"It was a great time the last time we were here and I expect to have another one this year. We have one goal and we're down here for one reason."
"The whole team is more experienced than last year. We planned better and will manage our time better. We're down here to have a good time, but people will remember how we played. If we win, we will really remember this trip."
"It's about experience. Last year, we didn't play a real good game. We have been here before and our team has the experience. An experienced team is a better team."
Bob Stoops (practice):
"We just wanted to get back to familiarity, our routine. It was more for conditioning tonight. We wanted to get back into some schemes. It was not taxing, but just wanted to get started. Tomorrow, we will really get going."
"Last year, we lost our last two games and our players have talked all year long about finishing. We want to finish strong and rectify what happened last year."
"We have a good perspective about it (today's festivities). We've been in this situation the last several years. It is eerily similar to 2000, seeing good friends from the Orange Bowl and practicing at the same great site, Barry University. We have a good plan for this year and are excited about it."
Stoops: "It never gets old coming to Miami"
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