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Stoops Never Had a Long-Range Plan

January 4, 2001

MIAMI (AP) _ Bob Stoops never had a long-range plan.

He doesn’t believe in them. It might be because Stoops was so successful so soon at every job he held before arriving at Oklahoma. Or because he is such a quick study himself.

Or maybe, when the father and coach who taught you everything important about life and football suffers a fatal heart attack while working a game, well, that makes you hurry just that little bit more.

Whichever it was, Stoops walked across the floor of the Orange Bowl as Wednesday night segued into Thursday morning as the coach of the national champion Sooners.

In just his second season on the job.

At the tender age of 40.

By smothering a Florida State team that was the dynasty of the 1990s, with an offense that was supposed to be state-of-the-art well into the new century.

``To be honest with you,″ Stoops said, ``we fully expected to play that way.″

He had just lifted the crystal glass football from atop the championship trophy and passed it to the kids celebrating behind. Gatorade from the obligatory drenching still dripped off his cap. Oklahoma’s perfect season was now in the record books, its seventh national championship secured with a 13-2 win over the Seminoles.

``It’s easy to say,″ Stoops said above the roar behind him, ``that Oklahoma is back.″

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