Mike Stoops makes the Wall Street Journal (not necessarily a good thing)by Anthony Gimino on Nov. 24, 2010, under Sports
Coaches yelling on the sideline has been a big college football topic this week, with the focus on Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini.
His coaching family just happens to be longtime friends with the Stoops coaching family, dating to childhood days in Youngstown, Ohio. Like the Pelinis, the Stoops boys have been known to blow some steam — OK, go nuclear — on the sideline from time to time.
The Wall Street Journal decided to compare the sideline behavior of Arizona Wildcats coach Mike Stoops and Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops during recently televised games.
Which leads me to one thought — why didn’t I think of this?
Anyway, the Journal studied Arizona’s 42-17 home loss to Stanford on Nov. 6 and Oklahoma’s 36-27 loss to Missouri on Oct. 23 when the Sooners were ranked No. 1. Wrote the Journal:
The cameras focused on Mike Stoops 37 times in the Wildcats’ loss this month against Stanford, and he was complaining 51.4% of the time. Among those instances, he was upset with someone on his team almost twice as often as with a ref.
Bob Stoops, meanwhile, was much more calm. Writer David Biderman
claims older brother Bob was upset just 15.2 percent of the time when the cameras were on him.
Click the link to the Journal for more info.
I’m not sure of the scientific nature of the results, but in a perception-is-reality kind of world, it’s important to note, for better or worse, this is Mike Stoops’ public face to the college football world.
With Mike’s established reputation, you know the TV director in the truck is going to be quick with his decision to go with a Stoops’ reaction shot.
Of course, any and all sideline ranting will be quickly forgotten Friday night at Oregon, if Stoops gets a chilly Gatorade bath and is pumping his fist in the air if the Wildcats pull off an upset of the No. 1 Ducks in Autzen Stadium.
Other football coverage from the TucsonCitizen.com Sports Network:
Scott Terrell, UASports.net: This week in the Pac-10
Brad Allis, WildcatSportsReport.com: Bug Wright out; Morrison and Miller will replace him