The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 29, 2012

Sooner Report: Stoops no stranger to former staff members

By John Shinn
Norman Transcript / CNHI News Service

NORMAN, Okla. — The AT&T Cotton Bowl will mark the 15th time OU coach Bob Stoops has faced a former member of his staff in a game.

The previous 14 meeting were all against Texas Tech, when Mike Leach was the Red Raiders’ head coach from 2000-09, and Kansas, when Mark Mangino was head coach from 2002-09.

OU went 11-3 in those games. The only losses were to the Red Raiders in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin served as special teams coordinator/tight ends coach from 2003-05 and co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach from 2006-07. He left the staff to become Houston’s head coach prior to the 2008 season.

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Sooner Report is a daily feature from The Norman Transcript's OU sports beat writer John Shinn.