John Henderson of the Denver Post has two good pieces from an interview he recently had with Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops.
I recommend you to the stories here and here. Thanks to Bob Bruce of WMT-AM for passing them along. If you come upon stories you think would be good Hlog material, I welcome your submissions. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Henderson’s first story, Stoops notes how teams are punished, not rewarded, for playing tough nonconference schedules. He’s right as rain about it.
“Look at the AP poll last year. We beat Oklahoma State at the end of the year, 27-0, and beat another ranked team in Stanford. Well, Oklahoma State’s ranked ahead of us. Why? At the end of the day when they go ranking teams, look at how it’s ranked every year. AP as well as the coaches all look at the loss column and if one team has one less loss than you they’re ranked ahead of you.
“Oklahoma State was ranked ahead of us. We just played. Please don’t make it look like I’m worried about Oklahoma State. But in the end I don’t know if you’re rewarded for it. You’re not. Eveyrbody talks about it early. By the end of the year everyone’s talking about wins and losses and you’re ranked accordingly.”
From the second story, this on players leaving early for the NFL:
“Let me show you something,” he said.
He walked to his desk and pulled a single sheet from a three-ring binder. It listed the average signing bonuses of all seven rounds from the 2009 draft: first round — $13 million; second — $2.1 million; third — $720,000; fourth — $460,000; fifth — $171,500; sixth — $$96,900; seventh — $47,000.
“Here’s what people don’t get,” he said. “The average career in the NFL is 3 1/2 years. You need to maximize in that 3 1/2-year window to make as much as you can make because this money doesn’t come back to you.
“If you settle for this,” as he points to $2.1 million, “and you had a chance to be that,” as he points to $13 million, “you’re not making that up.”