Bob Stoops got run over by a Ruf-Nek and other bowl tales

Bob Stoops got run over by a Ruf-Nek and other bowl tales

Conversations with Coach: Jerry Schmidt couldn’t stop laughing at Stoops after he was run over by a Ruf-Nek before the 1999 Independence Bowl. Stoops shares that story and a couple of other bowl tales in this episode.

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

| Dec 1, 2023, 9:00am CST

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

Dec 1, 2023, 9:00am CST

On the latest episode of “Conversations With Coach,” Bob Stoops tells hilarious stories from the 1999 Independence Bowl, including getting run over by a Ruf-Nek and bowl officials trying to present the Sooners a runner-up trophy. Stoops also reveals that still on his bucket list are an African safari and a Packers game at Lambeau Field. 

(1:52) SEC & Big Ten “more physical” than Big 12

(5:27) A Ruf-Nek wiped out Bob Stoops in ‘99 Independence Bowl

(10:27) Stoops: ‘never say never to coaching college again’

(19:25) Stoops would have loved to coach Larry Fitzgerald

(23:22) Lambeau Field & African safari on Stoops’ bucket list

Producers: Jacquelyn Musgrove and Michael Martin

Creative Director: Michael Lane

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Berry Tramel is a 45-year veteran of Oklahoma journalism, having spent 13 years at the Norman Transcript and 32 years at The Oklahoman. He has been named Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Born and raised in Norman, Tramel grew up reading four newspapers a day and began his career at age 17. His first assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he’s enjoyed the journey ever since, having covered NBA Finals and Rose Bowls and everything in between. Tramel and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters. Tramel can be reached at 405-760-8080 or at [email protected].

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