Bob Stoops' place among the top coaches
ESPN Insider's Travis Haney ranked the top head coaches in college football today. Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, who has 139 wins in 12 seasons with the Sooners, lands at No. 4 on his list.
The coaches were evaluated in four comprehensive categories:
• Recruiting and development: Can the coach reel in the players? What happens once they're on campus, whether they're 2-star or 5-star recruits?
• Preparation and game day: How does the coach get his players ready for games, and what sort of adjustments is he able to make once inside the rigors of the 60 minutes?
• Perception and reception: How is the coach received by fans -- and, more importantly, boosters? How is the coach perceived by outsiders of the program, including media types?
• Consistency and sustainability: Is this coach a flash in the pan, or has he done it over time and possibly in multiple locations? Has he created a lineage?
Here's part of what Haney wrote about Stoops:
Being good is difficult. Being good for an extended period of time is damn-near impossible in this era of college football. But the Sooners have yet to really dip since Stoops took over in 1999 -- and won the national championship the following season.
They have won 10 or more games nine of the 11 seasons since the title. The Sooners have played for three more BCS championships since then. Some criticize Stoops' inability to win those games, but you've got to be in them to even have a shot.
The seven Big 12 titles in 12 seasons is simply jaw-dropping. Consider that Mack Brown has won just two in one more season at Texas.