Stoops Blasted for ‘Hungry Sunday’ Words


In a recent interview with The Sporting News, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops was incredibly blunt in voicing his opposition to a potential stipend for NCAA athletes.

“I tell my guys all the time, ‘You’re not the first one to spend a hungry Sunday without any money,’ ” the Sooners football coach told Matt Hayes.

Stoops — the third highest-paid coach in college football, at over $4.5 million/year — later added, “You know what school would cost here for non-state guy? Over $200,000 for room, board and everything else. That’s a lot of money. Ask the kids who have to pay it back over 10-15 years with student loans. You get room and board, and we’ll give you the best nutritionist, the best strength coach to develop you, the best tutors to help you academically, and coaches to teach you and help you develop. How much do you think it would cost to hire a personal trainer and tutor for 4-5 years?

“I don’t get why people say these guys don’t get paid. It’s simple, they are paid quite often, quite a bit and quite handsomely.”

Stoops’ comments - especially the part about spending a hungry Sunday without any money - did not go over well in parts of the Twittersphere.

[Sporting News]

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