Stoops selected Big 12 coach of the year
Wednesday, December 3, 2003
NORMAN, Okla. -- A No. 1 ranking, a Big 12 title and a berth in the national championship game all seemed to be reasonable pursuits for Oklahoma this season.
Still, the dominating fashion in which the Sooners have gone about accomplishing those goals couldn't have been expected for a team that entered the season without a proven quarterback, running back or receiver.
In recognition for pulling it off, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops was named Big 12 coach of the year by The Associated Press.
"I appreciate that, I really do," Stoops said Tuesday. "But I get way too much credit for everything that's happened here. It's just easier for everyone to put it all on one coach."
Stoops won in a landslide, receiving 17 of 19 votes in balloting of reporters who regularly cover the conference from newspapers in the league's seven states.
The only other coaches to receive votes were Kansas State's Bill Snyder, whose team will face the Sooners on Saturday in the Big 12 title game, and Oklahoma State's Les Miles.
Three years after winning the national championship, the Sooners (12-0, 8-0 Big 12) have been as dominant as any college team in recent memory.
They beat their five Big 12 South foes -- Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech -- by a combined score of 291-50. They boast the nation's top-ranked defense and the highest scoring offense.
Oklahoma's special teams has the nation's most accurate field goal kicker in Trey DiCarlo and a record-setting punt returner in Antonio Perkins.
Another mark of Stoops' touch on the program: in the five years before Stoops arrived in Norman, Oklahoma was 0-9 in games against teams ranked in the Top 10. During Stoops' stint, the Sooners have gone 11-1 in those games.
Stoops also won Big 12 coach of the year honors in 2000.