NORMAN, Okla. -- These are trying times in Norman. That is, by Oklahoma's lofty standards. Last season, the Sooners won 10 games, beat Texas and Oklahoma State and shared the Big 12 title. Yet almost no one in Sooner Nation, Bob Stoops included, was satisfied. Underscoring that dissatisfaction, Stoops made three coaching changes during the offseason, increasing the total to five in two years.
There’s no denying that OU’s overall talent level has dipped the last five years. The Sooners were overmatched, especially in the trenches, in losses to Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Stoops is banking that new assistants Jerry Montgomery, Bill Bedenbaugh and Jay Boulware and their strong recruiting backgrounds will help reverse that trend.