Apollos training camp sights and sounds: Q&A with former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops

Apollos training camp sights and sounds: Q&A with former University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops

By Tom Alexander, Orlando Apollos Team Reporter

It’s not often you see two living college football legends on the same field, but that’s exactly what happened Monday morning at Orlando Apollos training camp. Former Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach Bob Stoops visited Apollos practice and joined his former boss, Apollos Head Coach Steve Spurrier, on the field. Stoops is one of many current and former college coaches in San Antonio for the American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) annual convention.

Several college coaches observed Apollos practice. Stoops, who won a national championship at Oklahoma, was the only one to speak directly to the Apollos players before practice began. We caught up with Coach Stoops while he watched the Apollos run their drills.

Q: How does it feel to see Coach Spurrier back out on the field?

A: It’s always great to see Coach Spurrier. Seeing him on the field is always fun. He sure knows what he’s doing. It’s (bringing back) good memories being out here with him.

Q: Are you excited about The Alliance of American Football?

A: Yeah, I can’t wait to watch it. I think it has a great, great opportunity.
It fits in a great window, everybody loves watching football, and there’s a lot of really good coaches out here, and watching these guys practice, there’s a lot of good players as well.

Q: What do you think about the quality of the talent on the field?

A: It looks great. They’ve only been practicing a couple of days, and I think they look really, really good. They’ve got a lot of good talent, the organization looks great, so I think they’ve got a great start.

Q: What did you say to the guys before practice today?

A: Just told them to respect each other, come together as a team. Acknowledged the fact that you’re putting in all this hard work, you’re going to be out here, you might as well win.

Q: How are you enjoying retirement so far?

A: I’m learning. It’s better this year. It’s difficult, but I knew that would be the case. You don’t walk away from something that’s been such a part of you for so long, and have it just be natural. I’m working on it.

Q: Does being out here give you the itch to get back at it?

A: No, not really. It’s always fun to be out watching football practice for me.

Orlando Apollos training camp continues throughout January in San Antonio as The Apollos prepare for their season opener on Saturday, February 9, when they host the Atlanta Legends at Spectrum Stadium on the UCF campus, in the inaugural game for The Alliance of American Football. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS. Get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/ApollosTix