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Big 12 Leaders, Red Lines & Spring Game
April 01, 2014

No Surprise: Stoops, Synder Top Current Big 12 Victory Leaderboard

Taking a look at the records of head coaches during their tenure with Big 12 schools (during the Big 12 era from 1996-present), it should come as no surprise that Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops leads the pack with 160 overall wins and 99 regular season Big 12 victories.

Of course, one of Stoops’ mentors, Kansas State’s Bill Synder did coach K-State for seven seasons prior to the conference’s inception. Synder’s all-time win total of 178 is only 18 victories more than Stoops, who didn’t become a collegiate head coach until 1999, a decade later than Synder, whose initial season in Manhattan, Kan., was 1989.

In fact, if you add up the victory totals of the conferences other eight coaches at their current schools, they combine for 192 overall wins (just 32 more than Stoops) and 101 conference wins (only two more than Stoops).

 Current Big 12 Head Coaching Records at Big 12 Schools
 Coach  School Overall Record at School  Big 12 Record
 1. Bob Stoops  Oklahoma 160-39  99-24
 2. Bill Snyder  Kansas State 132-57  80-43
 3. Mike Gundy Oklahoma State 77-38 45-30
 4. Art Briles Baylor 44-32 25-26
 5. Paul Rhoads Iowa State 27-36 14-29
 6. Dana Holgorsen West Virginia 21-17 6-12
 7. Gary Patterson TCU 11-14 6-12
 8. Charlie Weis Kansas 4-20 1-17
 9. Kliff Kingsbury Texas Tech 8-5 4-5
 10. Charlie Strong  Texas 0-0 0-0

Additional Notes
· Briles posted a 34-29 record at Houston from 2003-07
· Patterson is 120-44 overall, including his record prior to TCU joining the Big 12 in 2012
· Synder is 178-90-1 overall, including games from 1989-95 before inception of Big 12
· Strong went  37-16 at Louisville from 2010-13
· Weis was 35-27 at Notre Dame from 2005-09

The Big Red Line

There is one area of the OU defense so important defensive coordinator Mike Stoops recently stated that it “is where the game is played.”

The defensive line doesn’t always get the big numbers, but the men in the trenches are the starting point for a solid Sooner defense and Stoops and the rest of the defensive staff are high on the linemen making up this year’s unit.

“They play hard and they play with technique and that is where it all starts up front,” Stoops commented. “They have been a catalyst for us. It wasn’t supposed to be a very strong group for us a year ago, but they really flipped it and now it is one of the best groups in the country. Again, hopefully we can get Jordan (Phillips) back and make this group even stronger. It can be a dominating group if we can get him back healthy and playing at the level he was playing at a year ago.”

And there aren’t just a few good men on the line – Stoops believe this group is one of the deepest he has ever coached.

“You get Jordan Phillips back and we can go two deep and not really slide much. (Charles Tapper) and Geneo (Grissom) are difference makers and the other guys will be difference makers as they continue to grow too. Chuka (Ndulue) is the old, reliable horse in there that holds down the fort. He really does. He pushes things to the other guy. They all work together extremely well. We have a unique group and they play hard.”

Students Invited to Practice on April 10

Head coach Bob Stoops has opened the gates to University of Oklahoma students by inviting them to watch the team portion of practice at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.  

OU students (with current ID) are invited to attend the final portion of practice on April 10 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 10.

At OU Football Student Day, eight students (two winners per quarter) will be selected at random to join the Sooners as “student coaches” on the field for the OU Spring Game. These winners will receive game day coaching gear for the event and will be able to run from the sideline onto the field to deliver a play into the huddle. Other prizes will include Sooner gear like helmets, footballs and jerseys. Raffle tickets will be handed out under the west side of stadium beginning at 4 p.m. on OU Football Student Day.

At the conclusion of practice, students will be invited onto the field to participate in drills, meet and take pictures with student athletes (no autographs) and have a chance to kick a field goal.

The first 500 students will receive a free hot dog and drink. While supplies last, all remaining hot dogs and drinks will be available for 50 cents.

Bringing Back Those ‘90s Favorites

Got a ‘90s musical request for the OU Spring Game presented by US Fleet Tracking? Live music inside the stadium will be provided by the Pride of Oklahoma and “My So Called Band,” a Norman-based group that specializes in ‘90s cover songs. If you want to hear your favorite, tweet the title and artist to @MSC90sB today!

OU students are encouraged to join the team and the band on the field following the conclusion of the game to interact with student-athletes during a free one-hour postgame concert (no autographs permitted). Other fans will be encouraged to remain in their seats to enjoy the concert.

Paint the Field Contest Still Open

Deadline for voting for the Paint the Field contest is coming soon! If you want a say in how the field will look at the OU Spring Game presented by US Fleet Tracking and want to be entered to win a VIP experience, then go vote! Sooner Rewards is offering fans the chance to choose the end zone and midfield designs for next Saturday’s game.  One fan will be randomly selected to win a VIP experience that includes field passes and a pregame photo session highlighting their field design choice.

To vote, click here.

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