Bob Stoops has always had an excuse. In 1999 he was just getting started at Oklahoma and a five loss season was actually something OU fans were excited about. A decade later he lost a Heisman winning quarterback on opening night and dropped off a five-loss season that ended with a Sun Bowl win over upstart Stanford.
Now, on the heels of a blowout loss to Clemson the Sooners are once again at five losses and this time there's nowhere to point the finger other than at himself and his coaching staff. There's not a single person in the sports world that believes the Sooners were prepared to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Sure the players have take there share of the blame but at the end of the day you have to answer the question as to whose job it is to get the players ready to play?
Oklahoma became the laughing stock of the college football world on Monday night. It wasn't just the ESPN commentators taking pop shots, the Twitterverse was on fire with one liners and witty comments. The sad thing is that many of them weren't far off from the truth.
Oklahoma started the year by shocking the college football world with an upset win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Now they're ending the year by equally shocking the college football world with how bad they've become. OU didn't score until after Clemson had pulled their starters on defense, and even at that they couldn't convert on the extra point. The nation tuned in to see the Sooners jump offsides, turn the ball over, blow coverages, and miss tackles. Outsiders were both shocked and amused at how bad and how different this team was from the won that was in New Orleans just twelve months ago. Drink in in fellas, the college football world is laughing hysterically tonight and it's at your expense.
One way or the other it's going to be an interesting offseason in Norman, Oklahoma.