Yesterday, SEC blowhard Paul Finebaum stirred the pot when went on ESPN’s SportsCenter and called Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops a “total failure” in regard to player discipline. Apparently the SEC is squeaky clean and Finebaum doesn’t have anything better to do than to worry about the Sooners.
Well, if Finebaum was looking for attention, he got it. Former Oklahoma player and current WWLS radio personality Dusty Dvoracek took exception to Finebaum’s comments, and went on ESPNU to offer his rebuttal.
“Well first and foremost, I just want to say – I don’t know if Paul knows this, I told him this – I sit here before you at ESPN and I do a daily radio show for Cumulus Radio, and I do that because Bob Stoops gave me a second chance,” Dvoracek said. “I made some mistakes in college. I did some things that I’m not proud of, but he gave me a second opportunity.
“I know Bob Stoops very well, and he’s a good man. And whenever I hear failure as it relates to discipline, I just strongly disagree.”
Dvoracek goes on to talk about the challenges coaches face in regards to discipline and how it’s easy to criticize, but much more difficult to be the guy to make the decision. He also addresses the Joe Mixon incident and how three years later, it is still affecting how people view coach Stoops’ discipline decisions.
And really, that goes back what I said yesterday: Finebaum is clearly looking to stir things up, but at the root of it he has a point. The Mixon decision, along with a couple of others, has affected the way people view the Oklahoma program. Dvoracek is correct, coach Stoops has a long track record of doing the right thing. But this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately society, and the Mixon decision came at a point in time where player violence towards women is being scrutinized across all of football.
I, like most, have little doubt that when all is said and done, coach Stoops’ track record will speak for itself. But for the time being, Sooner fans are just going to tune out the blowhards more concerned with ratings than substance.
You can watch the full exchange here:
Paul Finebaum thinks Bob Stoops is a “total failure” when it comes to discipline.
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) April 13, 2017