NORMAN, Okla. – A No. 1 ranking has become common enough at the University of Oklahoma that it’s easy to forget just where the Sooners program was when Bob Stoops arrived here in 1999.
One .500 season under Howard Schnellenberger in 1995 preceded three losing seasons under John Blake.
A big player on the national stage?
OU was 10-21 in conference play under those two coaches for those four years. The Sooners, clinging to an outmoded style of football, were struggling to win the state championship, let alone anything else.
Five Big 12 titles, a national championship and 28 weeks atop The Associated Press poll later, Stoops has the program back where Sooners fans assume it belongs leading up to the game Sooners fans don’t think about for more than 12 months of the year.