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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' humility, loyalty keys to his long-term success

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Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops answers a question during a news conference in Norman, Okla., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Some uncertainties have cleared up as No. 4 Oklahoma prepares to open the season Saturday against Louisiana Tech. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (The Associated Press)

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops hasn't let his success go to his head.

Stoops is the only coach to have won every BCS bowl game and a national title. Last season, he passed Barry Switzer as Oklahoma's winningest coach. He has a career record of 160-39 and closed last season with a stunning upset victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Even with all the pats on the back, Stoops conducted business as usual during the offseason.

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said he respects the fact that Stoops doesn't consider success a birthright. Even with a No. 4 preseason ranking, Stoops has constantly reminded folks that this team hasn't accomplished anything yet. His Sooners open the season Saturday at home against Louisiana Tech.