blonthang - I had not seen your post from last August about Fred Akers and Professor Thompson. To say that he was "spot on" would be an understatement. Save for his brief stint at Wyoming, Fred had spent his life, from age 18, forward studying under Frank Broyles and DKR. Cheating, whether implicit or tacit, would have been a complete anathema to him. DKR walked away from the game because of the outlaw schools. A decade later we fired Fred for playing defense and not cheating. One of the reasons I always, begrudgingly, admired Stoops was he was the only coach to ever win in Norman without cheating, (Big Red Imports notwithstanding). Or as Barry said, "I did't create the monster. It was simply my job to feed it". And he left the program the same way he found it: wildly successful and on a massive probation. Additionally, your "salve" observation is very accurate.