HOOVER, Ala. — About that thing Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said in May about SEC hype, Florida coach Will Muschamp is cool with it.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
To review, Stoops was asked at an OU fan function about the perceived widening gap between the Southeastern Conference, winners of seven straight national championships, and the rest of college football.
Stoops said, “So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you … you can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they doing?”
On Tuesday during SEC Media Days, Muschamp sort of defended Stoops.
“If I were Bob, I’d have said the same thing,” Muschamp said.
Muschamp, the former Texas defensive coordinator, went on to praise Big 12 offense, recalling the difficulty in preparing for the likes of Sam Bradford and Robert Griffin III.
At the same time, Muschamp, who led the Gators to an 11-2 record in his second season, suggested the spread offense — favored by several in the Big 12 — is the more difficult path to a national title.
“To me, it’s all about the style you prefer to play,” Muschamp said. “You saw us wear people down because of physical style last year. In this league you have to prepare for a two-back set and you can’t do that in a week.
“That’s a physical style of play that you have to understand how to fit power, the counter, the direct runs, the north and south runs, which are an issue if you haven’t done it and your guys aren’t used to it.”