Stoops responds to criticism of Oklahoma being ‘irrelevant’

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma got a road win at an SEC school Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn., and Bob Stoops was reminded what notable SEC promoter Paul Finebaum said last week when Finebaum called Oklahoma irrelevant.

"I don’t care," Stoops said Monday at his weekly press conference. "He doesn’t deserve that attention from me. The bottom line is ask Tennessee and their 105,000 people if we’re relevant or not. And a few other teams the last couple years. And he’s getting paid to promote a league. That’s what he does. That’s OK. Everyone has to earn their money one way or the other."

Oklahoma rallied from a 17-0 deficit and won 31-24 in two overtimes.

Now, Finebaum didn’t back down, but to his credit, Finebaum showed up on ESPN2 Monday wearing an Oklahoma hat.

"They showed me a great deal Saturday night," Finebaum said on ESPN2. "For an irrelevant team, of course."

OU is 25-7 under Stoops against current SEC schools. Meanwhile, OU is 3-0 the past three seasons against the SEC with two wins against Tennessee and one against Alabama.

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