Nick Saban has made several media appearances as of late, and in between getting troll looks from Steve Spurrier, he had the opportunity to reflect on last season, particularly the surprising loss to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. He's now referred to the Sugar Bowl loss as a motivation problem several times:
Nick Saban said playing OU last year had to convince team "getting them to try to play in consolation game"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 22, 2014
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops responded in earnest Wednesday, since this is media season, after all. Via ESPN:
They didn't look like it was a consolation game on that first drive, when they scored a touchdown and everyone thought they were going to rout us.
I've been in plenty of those [bowl games]. We've played in a bunch of national championship games, right?
That's a good one.
So that means I've got a built-in excuse the next time we don't play for a national championship?
And the Sooners had even more fun rubbing that loss in:
Oklahoma's previous bowl opponent also caught some feisty Stoops:
Bob Stoops mentions Texas A&M’s non-conference schedule: "Lamar, Rice, SMU, La-Monroe. Those are all a bunch of toughies"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 23, 2014
This makes at least the third time Stoops has called out the SEC in the last year or so.