I'd like to complain about the game last night but the complaints are a broken record going back years. No tackling, no running game, borderline **** at OC. Why rehash the past?
Anyway, OU is not a Top 10 program anymore and judging by the talent on campus and the recruits committed, that's not going to change in the next few years. We're looking at more years of highly ranked pre-season teams, blown games because of bad defense/shaky play calling, and 9 or 10 win seasons followed by a bowl loss.
It's hard for me to get excited about that. Sure, I'll watch the games but by give a shit meter is on low.
The long term problem may be combined fan apathy with a successful pro sports team in OKC. It struck me that Stoops was getting questions the week after Notre Dame about the James Harden trade. OU just played Notre Dame and people were talking about a trade involving backup players. Think about that.
Also look at what the Thunder did to interest in OU and OSU's basketball programs. Even when one team wasn't very good, you could count on them to at least sell out when they played each other. Not anymore.
I've also noticed the young people in the state are obsessed with the Thunder. Back in the day, it was OU football. Now, they're waiting for the playoffs to start.
So, in short, Stoops and OU's long term problem may be fan apathy. It won't be the automatic hot ticket in town anymore as long as the current trajectory remains. People will just stop caring, much like me.