Bob Stoops’ Sooners have been one of the most dominant programs of this millenium. But while several of Oklahoma’s contemporaries — Southern Cal with Reggie Bush, Auburn with Cam Newton, and most recently Ohio State with Tyrelle Pryor — have been mired in scandal in recent years, Stoops’ program has avoided major NCAA scrutiny, largely because Stoops promotes an environment — at the very least, the perception — of institutional control (NewsOK.com):
â€œWe can’t follow a hundred players around,â€ Stoops said. â€œThat’s just not realistic and not gonna happen.
â€œSo, at the end of the day, our players are very well educated on what’s allowed and what isn’t. If something isn’t appropriate, it’s dealt with, I like to think, appropriately and in the right way. And that’s it.”
Stoops’ program hasn’t been free of scandal. In 2006, Oklahoma starting QB Rhett Bomar was in a similar situation to Tyrelle Pryor. The difference is that Stoops dealt with the situation immediately, and more importantly, definitively, which is why the story went away: there was nothing more for the media to report.
â€œOur conversation wasn’t very long,â€ Stoops said of Bomar. Stoops said he confronted Bomar with the evidence that he had been paid by Big Red Sports & Imports for work not performed and told him, â€œYou’re not playing at Oklahoma.â€
For a year, Bomar wondered?
â€œNo, it’s going to be forever,â€ Stoops said he said. â€œWe’ll move on. You can transfer.â€
Said Stoops, â€œOur players are educated. They know. If you knowingly break the rules, we’re going to move on. We’ll find someone else to play quarterback.
â€œI felt it was in the best interest of our university. Our players know, we’re going to do things right. At least that’s our hope.â€
Contrast Stoops’ response to the situation to that of Jim Tressel’s, and you’ll understand why Stoops is still in Norman five years later and Tressel was just forced to resign.