March 31, 2005

Sooner Practice March 30 Report

Oklahoma Sooner Article's

Oklahoma wrapped up its Wednesday session again conducting team drills inside the stadium. The Sooners will return to practice on Friday afternoon before holding the first scrimmage of spring practice on Saturday at 10 a.m..

Cold Pizza For Stoops: Hours before practice started, Stoops sat for an interview on the ESPN2 morning show "Cold Pizza."

The topics -- the quarterback derby, a Peterson update, bouncing back from the Orange Bowl -- were mostly routine, though host Dana Jacobsen did slip in a question about the expected 2005 might of defending national champ Southern Cal.

Birdine's absence on field makes for quieter practices: The Oklahoman

One last chance for Bassey: Norman Transcript

Quarterback race likely to last until fall: SoonerSports.com

Fan information for Saturday scrimmage: SoonerSports.com

March 29, 2005

Sooner's Practice in Stadium and Sooner Articles

Sooner Articles Tuesday, March 29

Sooner Practice Short and In Stadium: The Sooner players held a short 45 min light scrimmage inside Owen Field Monday. In addition, the players were made available for the media. The Sooner'd hold there first public practice Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m.

Sooner trio impressive; tough decision is ahead: The Oklahoman

OU spring football notepad: Norman Transcript

Sooners work inside stadium on Monday: SoonerSports.com

Tommie Harris lifts spirits in Chicago: SoonerSports.com

Seeking Master of the Snap: Tulsa World

OU Notepad: Tulsa World

March 25, 2005

Sooner First Week Practice

Oklahoma Sooner's Finish Week One

OU Football Notebook: The Oklahoman

Latimer stepping forward as OU's middle linebacker: The Oklahoman

Frist week of spring ball in the books: SoonerSports.com

First week quotes from Bob Stoops with Media

On the offensive skill players...
"Yes, they did a nice job. The receivers seemed to catch the ball well downfield. The quarterbacks seemed to handle it all well. Yes, I thought there were some good signs there."

On thinking about making the quarterbacks live...
"We don't get any more, so until they let us go draft some a mid-year, I'm not gonna. We may tag them a little more than we have just to make sure they're aware that they might have taken a good shot right there. Just a hand in the chest or something. But, no, we're not going to make them live at all, that's for sure. Coach Long might leave me if I did that."

On the safeties...
"They're working it, getting a feel for things. You know, there's potential back there. They just have to keep getting comfortable with it. We've got to keep throwing passes and letting them run and get it all worked out. They're getting more familiar with it."

On Darrien Williams...
"We played Brandon (Shelby) in that dime slot but we're not sure whether Darrien will play there or not. Darrien is a guy that has a very legitimate chance to earn a starting job at one of those safety positions."

On the spring being important for the younger guys...
"Oh, absolutely. And not only them, but anybody -- the sophomores, any of them that haven't played an awful lot. They have a lot to prove here in the spring. And even guys who have played a lot have to keep it up and do more. But yes, anybody who hasn't had a significant amount of playing time has a lot to prove -- and that's at a lot of ages."

On the corners...
"I don't know if anyone stood out but they're making some progress. I didn't see anything either way that was too good or too bad. We'll watch the tape and see."

March 24, 2005

March 23rd Practice Reports

Oklahoma Football Spring Practice Report March 23rd Articles Around the Web

OU Completes Second Spring Practice - Sooner Sports

It's an exciting time - Norman Transcript

OU football notebook - NewsOK

March 22, 2005

March 22rd Practice Reports

Oklahoma Football Spring Practice Report March 22nd Articles Around the Web

Oklahoma Opens Spring Ball Indoors - Sooner Sports

Wright finds Sooner's are thin in secondary - NewsOK

Sooner's take to the field - Norman Transcript

Sooner's Welcome A 'New Regime' - Tulsa World

Football Fever Back at OU - OU Daily

OU Notebook - NewsOK

March 21, 2005

Sooner Practice Canceled Monday

Practice Schedule Change:
Oklahoma Sooner Football practice on Monday has been canceled due to inclement weather. Practice will get underway Tuesday, south of Gaylord Family Stadium. Practice is opened to the public.

First African American Sooner Dies

Greadbreaking Sooner Dies at 67
Prentice Gautt, who displayed quiet dignity in the face of racial discrimination and became the first black football player at the University of Oklahoma, died Thursday.

Gautt, 67, died in Lawrence, Kan., after being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, his wife, Sandra Gautt, said from their home in Lawrence.

Gautt worked as a special assistant to the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.

''Prentice Gautt was truly a great person and he will be remembered as one of the most outstanding graduates in the history of the University of Oklahoma,'' OU President David Boren said. ''His moral courage helped to bring racial justice, not only to our state and to intercollegiate athletics, but also to our entire nation.''

Gautt ushered in a new and integrated era for OU football when he landed a spot on the 1956 team.

Former OU coach Bud Wilkinson was pressured against giving Gautt a scholarship. A group of black doctors and pharmacists gave money for Gautt to attend OU. Within a year, Gautt was given an OU scholarship and the donated amounts were given to another black student.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

March 17, 2005

Sooner Spring Tickets on Sale

Oklahoma Spring Tix on Sale
Tickets are now on sale for Oklahoma’s annual Red/White Spring Football Game, which is slated for Saturday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m., at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Tickets purchased prior to game day are $5 each, while tickets purchased the day of the game will be $10 each. Purchases can be made in person at the OU Athletics Ticket Office located on the lower level of the Asp Avenue Parking Facility adjacent to the stadium’s west side.

The tickets also are available online at SoonerSports.com or over the phone at 1-800-456-GoOU (4668).

Oklahoma’s spring practices begin Monday, March 21, at the practice fields south of the stadium. All spring workouts are open to the public. Spectators should remain in the designated viewing areas. There will be a total of 15 spring practices, including the spring game. (SoonerSports.com Tickets).

March 11, 2005

Sooner Weekend Wrap: Pro Scouts in Norman, Sooner joins Mich St.

Pro Scouts in Norman: The Oklahoma football program hosted its annual Pro Day on Wednesday, March 9. More than 100 NFL personnel attended with every team sending representatives.

Sooner prospects went through numerous drills testing agility, speed, quickness, strength and ball control inside the Mosier Indoor Facility, the Roy Williams Strength & Conditioning Center and the Everest Indoor Training Center.

Mark Bradley, Mark Clayton, Jammal Brown, Wes Sims, Vince Carter, Lance Mitchell, Donte Nicholson, Antonio Perkins, Brandon Jones, Jason White, Ataleo Ford, Grant Hulsey, Jonathan Jackson, Dan Cody, Brandon Shelby, Lynn McGruder and Brodney Pool participated in the 2005 OU Pro Day.

Former Sooner Selmon Joins Mi State: Michigan State on Saturday hired former University of Oklahoma All-American Lucious Selmon to be its new defensive line coach. Selmon, 53, replaces Steve Stripling, who resigned last month to accept a similar position at Michigan. (SoonerSports.com)

Media Guide Out: Checkout the official 2005 Oklahoma Sooner Football Media Guide. (2005 Guide) Free to Download

March 9, 2005

Sooner Great Dies

McPhail Dies at 75.
Former Oklahoma fullback Buck McPhail, who helped clear the way for Heisman Trophy winner Billy Vessels, has died in Costa Mesa, Calif. He was 75.

McPhail died Friday from a hardening of the arteries, said Mark Rice, a spokesman for Wiefels and Son Mortuary in Palm Springs, Calif., which is handling the funeral arrangements.

In 1952, McPhail teamed with Vessels to become college football's first pair of same-season 1,000-yard rushers. That year, McPhail gained 1,018 yards and averaged 6.3 yards a carry, and Vessels won the Heisman. McPhail rushed for 1,985 yards and 12 touchdowns in three years at Oklahoma. He played two years with the NFL's Baltimore Colts, served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56 and coached at California and Illinois.

AP WIRE

March 1, 2005

Former Sooner Joins the Staff

Wilson Joins Sooner Staff

Chris Wilson, defensive line coach at Colorado for the past five seasons, has been hired by Oklahoma to be the team's new defensive ends coach.

Wilson, a former Sooners linebacker and a two-time team captain, will fill the position vacated when defensive coordinator Bo Pelini left for Louisiana State. Wilson, 36, previously coached at Army and Illinois State.

"Chris has been a tremendous asset to the University of Colorado and its football program," CU head coach Gary Barnett said Tuesday. "The University of Oklahoma is getting a tremendous father, coach and person. We wish him well and hope to see him in the (Big 12) championship game." Wilson joins Cale Gundy and Jackie Shipp as former Sooner players on the OU coaching staff.

(Colorado Daily/ College Sports)