Chicken-Fried News: Proud dad


Don’t look now, but a pair of Stoops brothers might soon be back to pacing Sooner sidelines.

No, Bob Stoops isn’t coming out of retirement. And as far as we know, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops will still be policing his unit from a box above the stands.

Instead, a new generation of Stoopses are ready to leave a Sooner legacy. Bob’s son Isaac Stoops announced late last month that he would be joining his father’s former team as a walk-on. Isaac joins Drake Stoops, his twin brother, who walked on to the team in early January.

It seems the Stoops name has become invariably linked to University of Oklahoma and their family is as in love with the school and state as locals (crimson-wearing ones, at least) are of them.

Though the brothers are walk-ons at OU, it is not as if they didn’t have other options. Isaac chose the Sooners over scholarship offers from schools like Army University, University of Central Oklahoma and Drake (the school in Des Moines, Iowa, not his brother or the pop-rap superstar).

Bob Stoops could be seen at several OU games last season, enjoying the games much like any other fan — well, any other fan with their own private suite.

In the coming season, however, the former head coach evolves from the fan role to a more intense position: team dad. When will it be Bob’s turn to deliver the juice boxes and orange slices? Now that he is retired, he will have plenty of time to drive his sons to team banquets at Celebration Station.

Hopefully Bob keeps his dad passions in check. The last thing current head coach Lincoln Riley needs is his own version of LaVar Ball, notorious father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. But we have to admit it would be entertaining to see Bob pull his sons out of OU for more playing time and influence on a football team in Lithuania.

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