Found April 10, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:
Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops is one of the highest-paid coaches in sports — not just collegiate athletics. His roughly $5 million-per-season salary ranks him among some of the most legendary coaches in NCAA, NFL, MLB and NBA history. He has brought a lot of money to the university, but so have the players. The topic of collegiate athletes being compensated for their work beyond just receiving a scholarship has been heavily-debated over the past several years. Many people feel that schools should just go ahead and start paying the players, while others feel a free education is more than enough. Stoops is a strong advocate for the latter theory. “You know what school would cost here for non-state guy? Over $200,000 for room, board and everything else,” Stoops said during an interview with The Sporting News. “That’s a lot of money. Ask the kids who have to pay it back over 10-15 years with student loans. You get room and board, and we’ll give you the best nutritionist, the best s...

Stoops has no pity for unpaid players

Oklahoma Sooners head football coach Bob Stoops says he isn't about to begin to feel too sorry for college football players because they are not paid.

Stoops: Student athletes already get enough

The idea of paying college athletes for their services has grown a great deal within the last couple of years. To make it simple, the argument is that the term "student-athlete" was created by the NCAA a long time ago as a way of ducking labor laws, and it should no longer be able to get away with that because in reality all it's doing is keeping the most valuable laborers...

So, Bob Stoops is in favor of stipends

Bob Stoops' comments to Matt Hayes of in a column earlier this week touched off a big of firestorm about compensation for college athletes. One thing I happened to notice from the jump: For all the bluster from Stoops about athletes going hungry and and the value of a college scholarship, Stoops never said he's against full-cost-of-attendance scholarships...

Bob Stoops: Not a fan of pay-for-play

So, apparently, Bob Stoops has an opinion about the pay-for-play proposals for college athletes. OK, a strong opinion. In an interview with Matt Hayes of, Stoops dismissed the suggestion of stipends for athletes. He did it in his typically blunt fashion, which naturally caught the attention of the national media. A guy who makes $5 million a year comes out...

Bob Stoops doesn't think college players should be paid

The debate about whether or not college athletes should get paid beyond what the description of their scholarship entails has been a hot one recently.Count Oklahoma's Bob Stoops as one person who doesn't believe college athletes should share the whopping revenue generated by the NCAA system.From the Sporting News:"I don't get why people say these guys don't get...

Well paid Bob Stoops thinks unpaid college athletes are ‘paid quite handsomely’

Bob Stoops or “Big game Bob” if you’re from the state of Texas, was asked his opinion on whether or not college athletes should be paid.It must be stated that Stoops takes home an annual salary of nearly $5 million for coaching players that take home an annual salary of $0. But Stoops is perfectly fine with this fact. And even contends that college athletes shouldn’t be paid...

Bob Stoops thinks NCAA players get compensated enough already

Tweet The biggest debate in college football over the last few years has been whether or not the student athletes deserve more monetary compensation from all the revenue they generate for the universities and NCAA as a whole. Well apparently Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops is on the side of not paying players, according [...]

Paying college athletes can work

No matter what Bob Stoops says, the status quo is not a solution for college athletics. Oklahoma's head football coach, a man I like and respect, recycled a well-worn defense of the shamateurism status quo in an interview with Sporting News columnist Mike Hayes. "You know what school would cost here for non-state guy?" Stoops rhetorically asked Hayes. "Over $200...

Freshman DE Ward declared eligible at Oklahoma

Freshman defensive end D.J. Ward practiced for the first time at Oklahoma on Tuesday after being declared eligible by the NCAA. Coach Bob Stoops said Ward was able to start working on his fundamentals and learning the Sooners' defense, but his participation was limited under NCAA rules. Ward was required to practice without shoulder pads and in a helmet only, limiting what he...

Podcast: Bylaw Blog's John Infante on stipends and compensation for college football players

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops gave a candid interview this week with Matt Hayes of that touched off a national debate of compensation for college football players. NCAA expert John Infante of's Bylaw Blog joins CBR's Allen Kenney for a podcast to discuss the compensation issue from all sides. John and Allen touch on: *The status...

Freshman DE Ward declared eligible at OU

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Freshman defensive end D.J. Ward, one of the top prospects in Oklahoma's recruiting class and ranked the top in-state player by recruiting services, practiced with the Sooners for the first time Tuesday after being declared eligible by the NCAA. Coach Bob Stoops said NCAA rules require Ward to go through his first two practices in a helmet only, without...

Sooners need some exposure

Way back in 2007, Oklahoma hosted Missouri in a battle for Big 12 supremacy so big that ESPN GameDay made its way to Norman for the game. Actually, that has been pretty commonplace at OU since Chris, Lee and Kirk started blazing a trail around the United States chasing the best matchups college football has to offer. I remember essentially nothing from the broadcast, expect for one...

The Ruins: Oklahoma (lack of) media access, Texas recruiting, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins - the new Big 12 emerging from the ruins of the old.  Communication Breakdown. Allen Kenney points out how Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops' habit of blocking access to his team from both the media and the Sooner fanbase hurts the team when it comes to areas like recruiting and creating a buzz around the program. (Blatant Homerism) Beck and...

Filling the Void: Sooners search for a new signal caller

CBR's tour around spring camps looking at some of the biggest position battles continues with a trip to Oklahoma, where the Sooners are looking for the next passer to keep their offensive machine rolling. Background Since Bob Stoops arrived at Oklahoma, prolific passers under center have become a given. None of them took more snaps for the Sooners than Landry Jones, who...
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