Stoops' comments open up playoff debate

Updated: May 10, 2013, 11:33 PM ET
By Travis Haney

Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops stirred the pot this week when he mused about the bottom half of the Southeastern Conference, saying college football fans have been subject to "propaganda" that the league is the best in the country just because the past seven title winners have come from the SEC.

"What are the bottom six doing?" Stoops asked, according to a column by John Hoover, who writes for the Tulsa World. "Half of [the teams] haven't done much at all."

Stoops made the comments at a booster-type event in Tulsa, and that's often where coaches loosen their ties a bit.

But there's something deeper at play: This is the first visible instance in which we have seen a coach begin to spin the political machine when it comes to the impending playoff.