Few people were as frustrated as Mark Stoops during the first half of today’s game, especially after two defensive linemen went down with injuries, a result of Georgia Tech’s offensive line cut blocking (which, yes, is legal). While Alvonte Bell was being helped to the sidelines, Stoops engaged in a shouting match with Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson:
Mark Stoops yelling at Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson over cheap shots/cut blocking pic.twitter.com/0CJjXjwqYF
– Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) December 31, 2016
After the game, Stoops was asked about his interaction with Johnson, and implied that his problem wasn’t with Georgia Tech’s head coach, but rather with his staff.
“No, not at all,” Stoops said when asked if he was upset with Georgia Tech’s blocking. “I was upset with somebody saying something to me. I have great respect for Coach Johnson, but nobody else on that sideline is going to say a word to me.”
Later in the press conference, Stoops was asked to elaborate. He did not.
“No,” Stoops said, adding after a long pause, “I will say this: I care about my players and I’m going to go check on them. I didn’t accuse anybody of doing anything illegal. I have great respect for Coach Johnson and I will talk to him; he and I have a great relationship. Again, nobody else over there is going to say a word to me.”
Um, I’d like to know more, please.