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#pounditTuesday, July 5, 2022

Bob Stoops says that Lincoln Riley didn’t answer his call day of game

Bob Stoops

Bob Stoops got a dose of reality on Saturday of where he stands now that he’s retired.

Stoops attended Oklahoma’s road game against Ohio State at the Horseshoe to watch his former team. He even was invited into ABC’s broadcast booth for an interview during the first half.

At one point analyst Kirk Herbstreit asked whether Stoops offers new coach Lincoln Riley advice with text messages or whatnot. Stoops then shared that he did try calling the coach before the game but didn’t get through.

“I did place a call earlier. My daughter and wife were laughing at me. Nobody answered on the other end,” Stoops said with a grin and chuckle.

Who knows Riley’s reason for not answering the call — maybe he didn’t even know he missed one — but it’s safe to say the coach had a few things on his mind. The game was only Riley’s second as Oklahoma’s head coach, and already he had to face Ohio State and one of the best coaches in the game in Urban Meyer. That’s not an easy task. Surely Stoops can understand that.

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