Stoops Tones Down SEC Rhetoric Before Vols-Oklahoma Game

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Oklahoma is 20-1 in their last 21 games against unranked teams.
Unranked Tennessee will try to buck the trend Saturday, as they tackle the Sooners in a Big 12–SEC match-up.
   Sooners coach Bob Stoops called out the SEC last year, claiming talk of SEC supremacy over other leagues was propaganda.
Oklahoma backed it up, beating Bama in the Sugar Bowl.
But Stoops is toning down the SEC rhetoric against Tennessee.
Reporter-"A lot of people are going to talk about the Big 12 against the SEC. Do you get into that?"
Said Stoops,"No. That has been overblown. We don’t need to go there again."
Reporter-"Tennessee is from the SEC, but they have really struggled. They’re 21-point underdogs. Your guys will hear all of this. Is there a concern from that standpoint?"
Said Stoops,"No. Because again, we’ve got great respect for the program. Now you can tell watching them on tape in their second year (under Jones) what the schemes that they are playing. You can tell the guys are really playing well. They’re comfortable in what they are doing."
Reporter-"is there any chance I hate to say overlooking, but do you fear that concern?"
Said quarterback Trevor Knight,"I don’t think it’s a concern for us even these past two weeks when we were the favorite as well. We want to start the season off and start each game off knowing that we are going to be Oklahoma. We want to put up a bunch of points. We want to be a high-powered offense."
Said Stoops,"Our focus is always not on the other team. It’s on how are we going to be our best."
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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.