A day after leading his Oklahoma Sooners to a huge win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was asked on Colin Cowherd’s radio show about comments he (Stoops) made in the offseason about the reputation of the SEC. At the time, Stoops said he felt the narrative of the SEC being the best conference was “propaganda,” and the coach stood by those comments on Friday.
When I made the comment, the bottom half of the SEC was like zero-and-36 against the top half of the SEC. You realize that? A year ago … nobody talks about that. My point was, don’t say SEC like they’re all doing that [beating everyone]. One or two or three top teams … sure, you give them the credit. Alabama … I’ve got the utmost respect for them. Are you kidding me? How could you not? But in the end, don’t talk about the entire conference that way. It’s just not true.
Hey, I’ve got total respect for Alabama, but you can’t deny what we did last night. Obviously, we can play with anybody, whether it’s the SEC or anyone else. And to say we can’t … well, Alabama’s been rolling the SEC for the last three years and we didn’t seem to be overwhelmed last night. I’m done with that talk.
Stoops went on to highlight the success both Missouri and Texas A&M have experienced since joining the SEC, pointing out how both those programs didn’t dominate the Big 12 during their time in that conference.