Alabama notebook: Stoops sidesteps question about SEC strength
by Marq Burnett
Dec 09, 2013 | 1744 views |  0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TUSCALOOSA -- Over the summer, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had some interesting comments about the strength of the Southeastern Conference.

Stoops questioned the strength of the SEC during a booster club event. Stoops brought up the “bottom six” of the league and how much they have added to the conference’s success and reputation.

Stoops’ Sooners (10-2) now will have to play a team from the Southeastern Conference -- Alabama (11-1) -- in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.

During a conference call to promote the Sugar Bowl, Stoops fielded a question about his summer comments.

“Well, I’m not playing the bottom half,” Stoops said. “If the SEC is Alabama, there’s nothing to talk about, right? If you want to say the SEC is Alabama, then sure. They’re the ones that won all the national championships or most of them. Now if you want to play the bottom half, that’s a different story. But we’re not playing the bottom half, are we? So there’s not a lot to talk about, is there?”

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