October 10, 2006

OU ignoring the critics after UT loss

It's Tuesday morning and Sooner fans have had a chance to catch their breath after a heartbreaking loss to Texas over the weekend. But the talk, the criticism and the problem solving has yet to die down outside of the Oklahoma program.

But talking to coaches and players after Monday's practice, none of that panic was evident behind the closed doors of the Switzer Center.

Bob Stoops was asked if he has to shield his players from the intense scrutiny going on outside of his program due to the loss in the Red River Rivalry after Monday's practice.

"(Fans) don't make a big deal out of any loss with us?" asked Stoops. "What's different?

"We stick to what we're doing, keep working to get better and I think in the end, (the players) know what they are. You look from last year's Texas game to this one and there's about 12 games in there and the only two we lost up until last week were two very controversial ones. That's a pretty good stretch of decent football. We have to keep improving and getting better and we're going to keep doing that."

From the outside, this would appear to be a team in shambles. But from the inside, no one is running around directionless and frustrated.

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