Oklahoma looking for leadership lessons after Alabama's success

December, 24, 2009
12/24/09
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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops apparently has detected what is working around college football.

After struggling through a 7-5 record that was his worst regular-season mark during his 11-season tenure with the Sooners, Stoops apparently is looking for some answers.

One of the places he will turn after the season will be the Pacific Institute, a Seattle-based company that has conducted mental conditioning classes for Crimson Tide players since 2008.

Alabama's success has paved the way for the company's work with other teams, most notably Florida State and the Sooners in the future.

Alabama began using the Pacific Institute after coach Nick Saban's first Crimson Tide team went 7-6 in 2007 with 10 player arrests over 18 months. Saban uses several other outside speakers as part of his coaching "process" in an attempt to make his players successful citizens.

Stoops told Antowaine Richardson, a Pacific Institute instructor, that he had noticed what Saban's team has accomplished in the last two seasons.

"Bob Stoops' words to me were, 'I want exactly what Alabama got,'" Richardson told the Birmingham News.

Earlier, the program had worked with USC and Washington.

The News spells out testimonials for the program from Alabama players, who noted that representatives have been with them throughout the season.

It's an interesting dynamic and building block towards building a program.

Oklahoma was seen as the cutting-edge model for other program not too many years ago.

But after the BCS losses and this season's disappointments, Stoops now is gravitating to the ideas of others to help him rebuild what he had.

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