OU Sports: Bob Stoops addresses OU's appearance on Real Sports investigation
There's a lot more coming with John Hoover's Wednesday column, but Bob Stoops addressed Oklahoma's appearance on Tuesday's HBO Real Sports segment investigating the relationship between academics and bigtime athletics. Here's what the OU coach said after practice Tuesday evening:
"You talk to one guy out of the thousands that have been through here? Pretty simple to say…
(A reference to HBO interviewing former OU lineman Eric Mensik, who is struggling to put his multidisciplinary studies degree to use post-football.)
"…Listen to what Gabe Ikard, who's just won a scholastic scholarship and has been up for the scholastic Heisman, and who is a multidisciplinary studies (major) and is going to be doctor when he's finished… And Trey Millard, one of my other captains who graduated in three or three and a half years and who has postgraduate scholarships as a psychology major. Not all bad.
"I wouldn’t imagine Eric is the only 25-year-old that doesn't have the job he wants, right? I bet there are quite a few out there that are trying to get a better job.
"He's a great young man and I don't know what all is going to be (aired), but I know we're very proud about how hard we work with our guys.
"Bottom line, I was a business major. No one told me what I had to do. I did what I wanted to do. Fortunately, I ended up a business marketing major. I don't know if I've used my degree.
"I guess everyone kind of has different talents and either does really well in school or doesn't do well in school. But that's across the whole country, kids in athletics and kids outside athletics…
"Our whole student body, there's multidisciplinary studies (majors). At the end of the day, you want to be a finance major and you fail calculus, you're gonna have to find something else to do. That’s just the real world, right?... You have to gravitate to something you can succeed in. It's either that or fail.
"At the end of the day, everyone has different abilities, on the field and in the classroom. All of you are the same way. You have to work with that to get the best education you're able to get. Not everyone is a 4.0 and can do whatever they want to do. Sometimes you have to work within your skill and your mental ability.
"Another part of that is hard is a guy willing to work. You guys went to school with some guys that didn't work so hard and didn't probably do so well. I know I did. Then I went to school with some guys that worked really hard and did really well.
"In most things, you get about what you put into it and how hard work at it, and what your talent is, what your skill is."
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