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Stoops said he blames his father and the other high school coaches for also passing along the fiery sideline demeanor that he believes he’s finally growing out of after a dozen years as a head coach. It’s landed his brother, Mike, and recently Pelini in trouble.

But they were doing something right, too.

“The good thing, one of us is going to win a Big 12 championship,” Stoops said. “But there’s nothing whatsoever personal about it. It’s teams, it’s programs, there are so many people involved with it that that part of it doesn’t enter into play for me.”

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AP Sports Writer Eric Olson contributed to this report from Lincoln, Neb.