Sooners everywhere were disappointed about the outcome of the 24-14 loss to the Florida Gators in the BCS National Championship Game.
But the news that every underclassman who was considering the NFL would return to the university for the 2009 season made it much easier for fans to look ahead.
"I think they are sending a great message to a lot of other young people and the value of that last year, and or going as far as you can in your college career," Stoops said of the players returning to OU.
There was obviously a brief celebratory moment when everyone learned that these guys would be coming back, but the Sooner football program is known as a business like program, and the guys are already focusing on the upcoming 2009 season.
"Of course you are disappointed, but we move on," Stoops said when addressing the title game loss to Florida.
"We are already on to next year on our focus and what we are looking at. I look back on the year and look at all of the good fortune and the positives of a great year. It was a fun team to work with every day."
"But having these guys back and the opportunities and you look at what the prospects are it is really exciting," Stoops continued. "With all of the people back on defense and now with these guys back on offense we have the chance to have another really special year next year."
"Because of the quality, experience, and depth coming back."