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Stoops, Saban trading notes

7/31/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Football coaches don't necessarily share secrets. It's too competitive out there.

But they do trade ideas.

Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler had an interesting piece Thursday about a trip Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops took earlier this week to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to visit with Alabama coach Nick Saban.

Talk about a meeting of the minds of two defensive heavyweights.

Stoops and Saban know a few things about putting together a defense. They've competed against each other, too. Remember the 2004 Sugar Bowl? LSU held top-ranked Oklahoma to 154 yards of total offense on its way to a 21-14 victory over the Sooners and a BCS national championship.

I also agree with Sittler's assertion that Stoops and Saban might have spent a few minutes talking about how to defend Florida during their visit. Just a hunch, but something tells me Tim Tebow's name did come up somewhere during the conversation.

Alabama and Oklahoma were the last two teams to face the Gators a year ago on their way to the national title. The Tide "held" the Gators to 31 points, while the Sooners limited them to 24 points.