The Oklahoma Football program found itself in the news on Tuesday, when HBO's Real Sports ran a story about college sports programs caring more about their Academic Progress Rate than the future of their student athletes.In the story, HBO talked to former Sooner offensive lineman / tight end Erick Mensik, who said his Multidisciplinary Studies degree amounted to nothing more than a "football degree".Head Coach Bob Stoops responded to the Real Sports story after practice Tuesday evening:"It doesn't bother me a bit. They talked to one guy out of thousands who have been through here. Pretty simple to say and all you have to do is listen up to Gabe Ikard who just won a scholastic scholarship and was up for the scholastic Heisman who is multidisciplinary studies and he's going to be a doctor when he's finished, and Trey Millard, one of the other captains, who graduated in three or three and a half years in psychology and earned a post-graduate scholarship. Not all bad. I wouldn't imagine Eric Mensik is the only 25-year-old that doesn't have the job he wants, right? I bet there are quite a few out here that are trying to get a better job. He's a great young man, and I don't know all is going to be, but I know we're very proud of how hard we work with our guys. Bottom line, I was a business major and no one told me what I had to do. I did what I wanted to do and fortunately ended up a business marketing major and I don't know if I ever used my degree. I guess everyone has different talents and either does really well in school or doesn't do well in school so that's across the whole country, kids in athletics and kids out of athletics. It's competitive in that schoolroom too, especially in today's world. If you look across the country the average SAT score of all the people going to college, it's a tough, competitive environment. The football field isn't just competitive. The degree field and the life field is pretty competitive, too.
"It's interesting that they didn't want to talk to Gabe Ikard or Trey Millard or a hundred other guys we've had."
On the impact of NCAA APR standards impacting academics:
"That may be some part of it, but the point is, our whole general student body. The multidisciplinary studies, there are a multitude of them doing it, too. At the end of the day if you want to be a finance major and you fail calculus you're going to have to find something else to do. I'm talking to you, no one else. That's just the real world. Depending on where you're strong on your test scores, you may be stronger here and not there, you're going to have to gravitate to something that you're going to succeed in. It's either that or fail. At the end of the day, everybody has different abilities, on the field and in the classroom, and all of you are the same way. You have to work with that to get the best education that you're able to get, and not everybody is a 4.0 that gets to do whatever they want to do. You have to work within your skill and mental ability. Another part of that it, how hard is a guy willing to work? You guys went to school with some guys who didn't work so hard and didn't end up so well. I know I did. But, I also went to school with some that worked really hard and did really well. You get about what you put into it and how hard you work at it and what your talent and skill is."