What Did Former Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops Tell No. 5 Ranked Georgia?
Former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops stopped by Georgia’s practice on Monday, and the now-retired coaching legend had a message to share with the highly ranked Bulldogs.
After speaking in Atlanta earlier in the day, Bob Stoops was in town to speak to the Athens Touchdown Club on Monday night. Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who considers Stoops a “good friend,” invited the former Sooners coach to speak to Georgia, who is ranked in the top-five for the first time since 2012.
“The biggest thing is the wind blows higher at the top,” Smart responded when asked what Stoops’ told the team on Monday. “And as you’re climbing a mountain it gets steeper and steeper. You can’t let the outside world affect or control the outcome of your season. You’ve got to control that with the leadership on the team. That comes from working each day.”
Stoops is no stranger to being a top-five football team in the nation. During his time at Oklahoma, he guided the Sooners to one national championship and 10 Big Ten titles before announcing his retirement prior to the start of the 2017 season.
“I do think most of our players know about Bob Stoops and his track record,” Smart said. “He’s had recent success. I think our players acknowledge that and know that he’s had experienced, elite teams that have had great seasons and won championships. He’s been a part of the SEC before. I think anytime you have a chance to have another message, another voice to your team, it carries value. They certainly listen when you have people like that come from outside in to speak.”
Georgia is 5-0, ranked in No. 5 in the polls, and is in the center of the college football spotlight. The Dawgs take on Vanderbilt this Saturday in Nashville.
“He said that the best teams that he’s been a part of, they got better as the season goes on,” kicker Rodrigo Blankenship said.