Bob Stoops On Game Days: "It's Still Bad"

Coaching isn't easy; and not coaching at all, well, that's pretty difficult, too

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
September 25, 2019 - 9:17 am
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Bob Stoops dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his life, career and new book, among other topics. Stoops, 59, retired from Oklahoma in 2017, and game day has been a struggle for the last couple of seasons.

“The first year was really awful, the second year was just awful, and now I’m in my third year – and it’s gotten a little better, but it’s still bad,” Stoops said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “You miss everything about it. You miss the challenge of it, the competitiveness, and you miss the fight and the struggle of it and getting ready for it. You miss the camaraderie of the players, the tightness of all of your coaches, all your players getting ready to play. There’s a great intensity there that you love to feel. So you miss all of that.”

Stoops went 190-48 in 18 seasons in Norman, winning at least 10 games 14 times. He went 9-9 in bowl games and won a national title in 2000.

He still watches every Sooners game – ideally alone, or at least in silence.

“You try and figure out how to watch the game and where to watch it from and do people want to talk to you while it’s going on – and I don’t want to talk to anybody while I’m watching us play,” Stoops said. “So it’s a lot to figure out.”

Stoops will coach the XFL’s Dallas Renegades in 2020. Click below to listen to his interview in its entirety.