Bob Stoops on criticism of SEC: 'You can't deny what we did last night'

Friday January 3rd, 2014

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and quarterback Trevor Knight sent the SEC a message on Thursday. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and quarterback Trevor Knight beat Alabama on Thursday. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Bob Stoops certainly earned his right to say whatever he wants about the SEC after Oklahoma beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday. The Sooners' coach had received criticism back in May for his comments about the conference, which has won seven straight BCS championships.

Stoops called the SEC hype "propaganda" and said, "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?" Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban fired back at the time, saying, "I've got more important things to do than sit around and read what Bob Stoops has to say about anything." Stoops took additional shots at the SEC throughout the year

Oklahoma backed Stoops up with a 45-31 defeat of Alabama on Thursday in New Orleans. Stoops appeared on Colin Cowherd's show on ESPN Radio on Friday and couldn't resist taking a few more shots at the SEC.

“When I made the comment, the bottom half of the SEC was like 0-36 against the top half of the SEC. You realize that? A year ago … nobody talks about that. My point was, don’t say SEC like they’re all doing that (beating everyone). One or two or three top teams … sure, you give them the credit. Alabama … I’ve got the utmost respect for them. Are you kidding me? How could you not? But in the end, don’t talk about the entire conference that way. It’s just not true.

“Hey, I’ve got total respect for Alabama, but you can’t deny what we did last night. Obviously, we can play with anybody, whether it’s the SEC or anyone else. And to say we can’t … well, Alabama’s been rolling the SEC for the last three years and we didn’t seem to be overwhelmed last night. I’m done with that talk.”

While college football at large isn't really holding its breath that Stoops is truly "done with that talk," can anyone argue with him right now? Walk the walk, talk the talk. Stoops' full interview with Cowherd can be found here.

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