Mark Stoops' brother, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, caused a bit of a Twitter stir today with some of his comments on the SEC and its dominance over college football in recent years. Bob Stoops believes that the top of the SEC is strong, calling the very best teams "elite," but that the rest of the conference might not be as dominant as everyone says.
"So they've had the best team in college football," Stoops said, according to the Tulsa World. "They haven't had the whole conference. Because, again, half of 'em haven't done much at all. I'm just asking you. You tell me."
The Oklahoma coach went on to explain his somewhat shaky reasoning...
"So you're listening to a lot of propoganda that gets fed to you," he said. "Again, you can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they doing?"
The article from the Sports Yahoo brings up a few relevant points to the argument that go against Bob Stoops' comments, such as (but not limited to):
1) Missouri went to 7 straight bowl games in its final 7 seasons in the Big 12 (Oklahoma's conference). Missouri promptly went 5-7 when joining the much stronger SEC.
2) Only 5 teams in the SEC missed out on bowl games last year, but 1 of the 5 won the national championship just a few years ago (Auburn), and another was a top 10 school 2 years ago (Arkansas).
3) Vanderbilt, considered to be the SEC doormat for years, made a bowl game last season and can no longer be looked past as an easy win.