July 31, 2007

Special OU Commemorative Tickets.. Plus, Single Game Tickets

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU Tickets Commemorating Oklahoma's Centennial: With the 2007 football season opener just weeks away, anticipation is mounting for fans awaiting the arrival of their season tickets. Tickets are scheduled to be mailed out at the end of this week. Featuring the official logo adopted by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission commemorating the 100th anniversary of Oklahoma's statehood, the 2007 Sooner football tickets link the impact each institution has had on the other. As stated on the tickets, while the Sooners actually pre-date Oklahoma's admittance to the Union by 13 years, the two have reveled in each other's success and pulled from each other's strength for so long that they are now nearly one in the same. For many, you can't say 'Oklahoma' without saying 'Sooners'. The 2007 tickets feature a selection of record-setting team and individual performances from Oklahoma's football tradition. (SoonerSports.com)

Former Sooner Cody may miss entire NFL season: [Dan] Cody, who is in his third season with the Ravens, will sit out the next four weeks. He hyperextended his right knee and tore cartilage during a non-contact drill on May 20. He told The Sun he had his knee scoped two weeks ago. If his knee doesn't improve, he could have surgery, which would force him to miss the season. (NewsOK.com)


Reminder
Oklahoma Football Single Game Tickets on sale Tomorrow: As previously posted.. Tickets for the 2007 Oklahoma home football games will go on sale Wednesday, August 1 at 8 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets online at SoonerSports.com or by calling 800-456-GoOU. Due to the high volume of calls expected, fans are encouraged to make their purchases online. Beginning at 10 a.m., tickets will also be available for purchase in person at the Athletics Ticket Office located on the plaza level of the Asp Avenue parking garage. Athletics department officials anticipate that a limited number of tickets will be available for each of the seven home games. The tickets, which range in price from $47 - $77, will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. (SoonerSports PR)

Dvoracek learned from mistakes and turned life around: Chicago Sun-Times

Peterson lives up to nickname: Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Peterson excited in 1st day at camp: West Central Tribune

July 30, 2007

Tommie Harris aka "Real Deal"

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Former Sooner T. Harris proclaims himself "Real Deal': Tommie Harris sang in the huddle and made it clear he would like to be known as the "Real Deal." The Chicago Bears' Pro Bowl defensive tackle was ready to perform when training camp opened and that's because he showed up healthy. "I'm basically full tilt, something they better be aware of," the former Oklahoma standout said. Although the Bears got to the Super Bowl after Harris suffered a season-ending hamstring injury last season, they realize his health will go a long way toward determining whether they make another run. Harris said "Real Deal” was his nickname in high school, and he would repeat it to himself after breaking the huddle during his first three years with the Bears. Now, he's going public with it. (NewsOK.com)

Meet the Sooners Day Fan Guide: SoonerSports.com

Peterson signs with Vikings after 3-day holdout: The Oklahoman

Stoops looks for balance: The Oklahoman

Assistant coach Brent Venables speaks out: Tulsa World

Kelly taking a leadership turn?: Norman Transcript

Football's Dirtiest Programs: #2, Oklahoma: AOL Sports Blog

Peterson Signs 5-Year Deal

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes Former OU Star Adrian Peterson signs with Vikings: The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with 1st-round draft choice RB Adrian Peterson (#7 overall) from Oklahoma. The Vikings have now signed/agreed to terms with all 8 of their draft picks from the 2007 NFL Draft. (Vikings.com)

Peterson signs five-year, maximum $40 million possible: The No. 7 overall draft pick ended his brief three-day holdout on Sunday when he [Adrain Peterson] signed a five-year, $40.5 million contract with $17 million in guaranteed money."It's about time," Taylor said Sunday with a chuckle after the Vikings wrapped up their fifth training camp practice without his new backfield mate. "We need him out here so we can groove our offense even better with him coming back. So I'm just looking forward to him taking the field." (AP/Forbes)

Contract a six-year deal? Although avoidable: He [Peterson] was traveling to the Twin Cities from Norman, Okla., Sunday evening to sign a deal that would pay him a maximum of $40 million if he reaches all of its incentives.The Vikings guaranteed Peterson $17 million over the course of the deal, a critical figure for running backs, who typically have shorter-than-average careers in the NFL. Although the contract technically spans six years, the final year is voidable and exists mostly for salary cap purposes. If he reaches none of the incentives but plays five years, Peterson will earn about $25 million. (Star-Tribune)

July 27, 2007

Oklahoma-Notre Dame Finalize Two Game Series

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU-ND home-and-home series set for 2012 and 2013: The University of Oklahoma and Notre Dame are planning for two football games, one in Norman in 2012 and one in South Bend, Ind., in 2013. Kenny Mossman, Oklahoma's sports information director, said the two schools are in discussions but have not signed a contract, while Notre Dame sports information director John Heisler said his school "has reached a deal with OU" to play the two contests. Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White previously announced that Oklahoma would replace Michigan for two years after the current contract between Notre Dame and Michigan expires in 2011. White said the goal was to play in different parts of the country in an attempt to return Notre Dame to its independent roots. Heisler said his school has wanted to play the Sooners again ever since the two teams met in 1999 in South Bend. Notre Dame won that game 34-30. It was the first time the two schools had played in 31 years. "We've been talking about this for a long time," Heisler said. "It was just complicated." (AP/ESPN.com)

Football's Dirtiest Programs: #2, Oklahoma: AOL FanHouse

July 26, 2007

Three Sooners Named to Preseason Watch List

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Smith and Harris on Thorpe watch list: Oklahoma cornerback Reggie Smith and safety Nic Harris are both on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award. The list was derived through a point system based on preseason All-America teams listed in various football publications. The Thorpe Award, based in Oklahoma City, is presented annually to the nation's best college defensive back. It is named after Jim Thorpe, considered by many to be history's greatest all-around athlete. Oklahoma players have won the Thorpe Award three times. Rickey Dixon won it in 1987 before Roy Williams claimed it in 2001 and Derrick Strait in 2003. Harris, a junior from Alexandria, La., saw action in 13 games last season with eight starts. He accumulated 68 tackles to go with a team-high four interceptions. Smith, a junior from Edmond, Okla., spent last season at safety before moving to corner in the spring. In 2006, he was a first-tam All-Big 12 selection by the Associated Press after notching 40 tackles. He also interception three passes, which he returned for 94 yards and one touchdown. The watch list is narrowed to 10 semi-finalists the first Monday in November and then to three finalists the Monday before Thanksgiving. The winner is announced on ESPN's College Football Awards Show, nationally telecast on December 6. The official presentation of the award will be in Oklahoma City on February 12. (SoonerSports PR)

Eldridge on Mackey watch list: Oklahoma's Brody Eldridge has been named to the preseason watch list for the Mackey Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate tight end. A total of 31 players are on the initial list for consideration for the award, which is presented by the Nassau (NY) County Sports Commission. An Oklahoma player has never won the award, although Trent Smith was one of three finalists in 2002. Eldridge, a sophomore from La Cygne, Kan., played in 14 games last season with seven starting assignments. Often referred to by Sooner coaches as one of the team's best blockers, Eldridge caught three passes for 18 yards. The Mackey Award will be presented in mid-December. It is named for former Colts great John Mackey. (SoonerSports PR)

Texas coach Brown sees a balanced Big 12: The Oklahoman

July 24, 2007

Peterson Unlikely to Attend First Day of Camp

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Adrian Peterson expected to remain unsigned after start of camp: The Vikings' contract negotiations with the top of their draft class intensified on Monday, but it seemed unlikely that first-round pick Adrian Peterson would be among the players reporting to training camp Wednesday at Minnesota State Mankato. Talks with cornerback Marcus McCauley, the Vikings' third-round pick, and second-round receiver Sidney Rice were more advanced as of Monday evening. At the very least, both players seem on track to participate in the Vikings' opening practice Friday morning. Players are due in Mankato for a full day of meetings Thursday. (Star-Tribune)

Adrian to miss start of Vikings' camp? The Oklahoman

Oklahoma Big 12 Media Day Notes and Articles

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU starting QB job not about arm strength: "It's not about how hard you throw it," Finley said. "It's about whether you get it there on time. Jason White couldn't throw the ball near as hard as Keith can, but Jason put it there, right where it needed to be, right on time." (NewsOK.com)

McEachern expected to quit team: Stoops said he might be auditioning holders for extra points and field goals this fall after fourth-string quarterback Hays McEachern -- the team's holder as a sophomore all of last season -- informed him this summer that he plans to quit football. "Hays, right now, is thinking he's not going to play this year," Stoops said. "He's getting a little older and is concentrating on his school work. I'm hoping he'll change his mind, but right now, that's not likely." (NewsOK.com)

Reynolds recovery on time:
Stoops said he expects linebacker Ryan Reynolds to be ready to start the season. Reynolds missed last season after tearing his ACL just after the completion of spring practice and then underwent more surgery on an LCL injury this spring. (Dallas Morning News)

Former OU player Quinn Arrested: Montana lineman J.D. Quinn, who transferred from Oklahoma after being kicked off the team there, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Montana coach Bobby Hauck didn't release details Monday of the junior offensive lineman's arrest, saying only that disciplinary action will be taken. "As always, there will be firm disciplinary measures taken, and those measures will be handled within our football team," Hauck said in a statement. "One of the disciplinary actions will include mandatory alcohol counseling." Missoula Police Lt. Mike Brady said Quinn was pulled over for speeding at 2:39 a.m. Sunday. Police records said Quinn was going 44 mph in a 35 mph zone. (ESPN.com) Weeks ago, you might recall Quinn telling KFOR's Brian Brinkley get a REAL job.

Fiesta talk: The Oklahoman

OU's Stoops enters season confident: The Oklahoman

Sanctions in Sooners' past: Tulsa World

Stoops says magic isn't his method: Tulsa World

Oklahoma notebook: Bomar fan
: Tulsa World

Sooners have moved on
: Norman Transcript

What's up at quarterback: Norman Transcript

Kelly opens up on Bomar: Norman Transcript

Big 12 notes: A tale of two quarterbacks: Yahoo! Sports

Sanctions are a blip, Sooners coach says: The Des Moines Register

Sooners maintain usual optimism Big 12 Football: Star-Telegram

Stoops still in elite class despite recent stumbles: Houston Chronicle

July 23, 2007

OU Single Game Tickets on Sale Aug. 1

Oklahoma Football Single Game Tickets on sale August 1: Tickets for the 2007 Oklahoma home football games will go on sale Wednesday, August 1 at 8 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets online at SoonerSports.com or by calling 800-456-GoOU. Due to the high volume of calls expected, fans are encouraged to make their purchases online. Beginning at 10 a.m., tickets will also be available for purchase in person at the Athletics Ticket Office located on the plaza level of the Asp Avenue parking garage. Athletics department officials anticipate that a limited number of tickets will be available for each of the seven home games. The tickets, which range in price from $47 - $77, will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. (SoonerSports PR)

Oklahoma home games are as listed:
Sat, Sep 1 North Texas
Sat, Sep 8 Miami (Fla.)
Sat, Sep 15 Utah State
Sat, Oct 13 Missouri
Sat, Oct 27 Oklahoma State
Sat, Nov 3 Texas A&M
Sat, Nov 10 Baylor

Also see, complete 2007 Oklahoma Sooners Football Schedule.

Sooners Meet the Press

University of Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops Big 12 Media Day Quotes:

On Oklahoma's Quarterback race:
Bob Stoops: I think the big issues I'll address right off the bat is everyone wants to talk about are quarterback situation and everyone wants to know who the guy is. We don't have a timetable. That position, as I keep saying, needs to be earned. I want that position. And we've been fairly successful. I've said this before. We've had four different quarterbacks win four different Big 12 championships. So this isn't anything new to us. We believe that that position needs to have the confidence of the team. Needs to have the respect of the team in the huddle, in the locker room, and you only get that through your time on the field. And they haven't had the time yet.

How does losing Adrian Peterson effect the Oklahoma offense:
How will we handle that? But I believe for the most part everyone saw us do that a year ago. We average rushing the ball actually more yards per game without him than we did with him.

Defensive Expectations:
Defensively I'm excited about the group of guys that are back. I feel overall the biggest question I think everyone will have will be at linebacker, but with guys like Curtis Lofton, Ryan Reynolds is healing great in a great way, will be set to play.

Q. Bob, can you just kind of take us through your back field and how you would foresee that? How would you like that to develop with Allen and what he did last year, maybe some of the other guys like Chris and DeMarco?

COACH BOB STOOPS: Well, I'd like to see them rush the ball for a bunch of yards. I think in the end, the way we look at it, I don't feel any of those guys have the physical, maybe, prowess that Adrian had, that Adrian Peterson had. The stamina and the strength that he had is very unusual. Adrian could play 60 snaps or more. These guys, I just don't feel their body types through hopefully 14 games will be able to -- so in the end we look to use them, each of them 20, 25 snaps in that kind of way. And Allen Patrick, I think as much as anything they need to be able to take care of the football. And they did a year ago. But Allen Patrick, Chris Brown, had the bulk of the load last year when Adrian went down and did a great job for us. And I expect them to be every bit that good or better with another year. And DeMarco Murray showed great excitement and promise through the spring. Probably showed through the spring to be our biggest play threat with DeMarco back there. And he's up to about 205, 210 pounds. He's put on muscle and looks good. So we'll use him to complement one another. I think in the end it will be better because we'll be able to keep them fresh. A fresh set of legs hitting the defense in a different series I think helps.

Via Big12Sports.com

More quotes and stories to come...


Oklahoma Sooners/Bob Stoops Big 12 Media Day audio: Available via NewsOK.com

The Oklahoman @ Big 12 Media Days with The Oklahoman writers: Via NewsOK.com

OU @ Big 12 Media Day

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma at Big 12 Media Days today:
As previously posted.. OU coach Bob Stoops will bring a pair of junior Sooners, defensive back Reggie Smith and wide receiver Malcolm Kelly. Cowboys starting quarterback Bobby Reid won't make the trip, and neither will any of OU's three potential quarterbacks, Sam Bradford, Joey Halzle or Keith Nichol. (NewsOK.com) UPDATED: Players listed to participate in Big 12 Media Days according to Big12Sports.com, Joe Jon Finley, TE; Malcolm Kelly, WR; Marcus Walker, DB..

UPDATED Schedule:
• 1:00-1:45 pm - Print
• 1:45-2:25 pm - TV
• 2:25-3:05 pm - Radio
• 3:05-4:05 pm - National TV
All-Access video coverage available on Big12Sports.com

Former OU QB Holieway arrested: McIntosh County Sheriff's deputies have arrested former Oklahoma quarterback Jamelle Holieway on a misdemeanor complaint of possession of marijuana. Deputies arrested Holieway, 40, about 2:30 a.m. Saturday after a traffic stop in Eufaula, deputy Tim Turner said. Holieway played for Oklahoma from 1985 to 1988 and was the starting quarterback on the Sooners' 1985 team that won the national title. He remains the only true freshman quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history to start for a national-championship team. (AP/Dallas Morning News)

Stoops speaks about balance between family and work at event: [Bob] Stoops and ESPN's NFL reporter Chris Mortensen were the featured speakers at Friday night's In The Zone event at Mabee Center. In The Zone is a four-hour seminar for men dedicated to uniting them on a spiritual level by appealing to their love of sports. Stoops was warmly received by the nearly 700 people in attendance, many wearing OU attire. (Tulsa World)

OU 3rd dirtiest program?
Sooners have lots of scandalous company: CBS Sportsline

Success has Followed Bradford: SoonerSports.com

Finding starter upfront is crucial for defense: The Oklahoman

OU working to make most of new video screens: The Oklahoman

OU's Bradford once wanted to play hockey: The Oklahoman

Who will be OU's QB? Dallas Morning News
*Updated

July 20, 2007

Remembering OU-NU 1978 Part 1 & 2

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Nebraska edges OU in 1978 Showdown: SI asked their writers to share their best games ever seen, #1 ranked Oklahoma vs. #3 ranked Nebraska, November 11, 1978... Lars Anderson describes how Finally, Nebraska got over the Oklahoma hump in '78.

From Play It Again, The 20 Greatest Plays in NU Football History. Ranks the 1978 Nebraska fumble recovery from Billy Sims as the #9 -- A Monster of a Recovery.

Though, at end of the season, Oklahoma had the final laugh when OU went on to defeat Nebraska in the 1978 Orange Bowl 31-24. We can enjoy that. (Below)


Oklahoma Begins Appeals Process to NCAA Ruling

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU to begin appeals process to challenge two areas in NCAA Ruling: University of Oklahoma President David Boren took the first official step today to appeal the NCAA ruling in regard to the 2005 OU football season.

Boren said, "The university has limited its appeal to only two specific areas among several findings made by the NCAA and penalties assessed. We have accepted the large majority of the NCAA's findings and penalties because we agree that the highest possible standards of conduct and ethics should be maintained and that when mistakes are made, even if they are unintentional, institutions must be held accountable.

"I personally feel that the Infractions Committee provided the university with a full and fair opportunity to present its view of the case. I also appreciate the comments made by the committee chairman Paul Dee in saying that the committee took into account the fact that OU investigated and found the evidence of wrong doing in this case, immediately reported the evidence to the NCAA, and acted decisively to permanently remove the players involved from the team.

"Even as we appeal these two limited items, OU will continue its vigorous effort to build a compliance system that is second to none. Almost five years ago, I tasked our Director of Athletics, Joe Castiglione, to develop a set of best practices from other major programs for us to implement. It is ironic that our effort to move employment oversight from the Athletics Department academic office to the compliance office, which was part of our enhanced monitoring plan, resulted in an unintended temporary lapse in recordkeeping as the new plan was being implemented. We agree with the NCAA that this mistake was made, but believe that it was an unintentional mistake and not a failure to monitor, which implies a failure to have a comprehensive monitoring system.

"Almost a year ago, as another part of our enhanced monitoring plan, I directed that the compliance staff be moved for reporting purposes from the Athletics Department to the Office of the General Counsel. This assures the complete independence of the compliance operations. We have continued, even as the current case was pending, to enhance our compliance staff which now has eight full-time professional positions, including three with law degrees, and one part-time employee. Jason Leonard, the executive director, is also an attorney. In addition, electronic software to speedily track all records continues to be substantially upgraded.

"Our goal is to have a compliance program which will be a model for other NCAA member institutions. I hope that the continued upgrading of our compliance system and our quick action in dealing with any wrongdoing has sent a message to the NCAA and to the public that OU has set the highest possible standards for itself. I will always be proud of the immediate action taken by Coach (Bob) Stoops just days before the 2006 season began.

"In addition to the finding on the monitoring issue, we have also served notice today that we will appeal the penalty which involves the vacating of the 2005 record of the team and the coaches. Since two of the players involved have been allowed to play at other schools, I felt an obligation to appeal that part of the ruling which punishes all of those players and coaches who worked so hard and played by the rules. I feel that we would be letting down these student athletes if we did not appeal on that issue." (University of Oklahoma PR)

Smith named defensive player of the year: SoonerSports.com

Media Names Three Sooners To Big 12 First Team

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Media names R. Smith Big XII Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Oklahoma junior cornerback Reggie Smith has been selected as the Big 12’s preseason defensive player of the year by a panel of media who cover the conference. The Big 12 released its preseason team Friday morning, and it included three players from OU and three players from Oklahoma State. Making the first team for the Sooners were Smith – at defensive back and at punt returner – junior offensive lineman Duke Robinson and senior kicker Garrett Hartley. (Tulsa World)

Halzle has chance to lead Sooners this year: The Oklahoman

Want an OU ticket? Try calling Tulsa: The Oklahoman

July 19, 2007

Oklahoma 2nd in Big XII Preseason Poll

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Yahoo! Sports Top 50 Countdown; Oklahoma #9: Oklahoma has so much talent on offense and in the secondary that the Sooners would rank among the favorites to win the national title if they had a standout quarterback. The uncertainty at the quarterback situation prevents us from being quite that optimistic about Oklahoma's chances. Oklahoma overcame instability at the quarterback position to win the Big 12 title last year, but we're forecasting a second-place finish in the Big 12 South this year. Even if they don't win the division, the Sooners have enough firepower to go 11-2 with a BCS at-large invitation or a spot in the Gator Bowl or Cotton Bowl. (Full Preview at Yahoo! Sports)

Sooners picked 2nd in Big XII Preseason Media Poll: Oklahoma is picked to finish second behind Texas in the Big 12 South, according to the Big 12 Conference's preseason media poll. The Sooners got seven first-place votes to Texas' 16. Oklahoma State is picked to finish fourth. (NewsOK.com)

2007 Big 12 Preseason Football Poll (Media Vote)
North

1. Missouri (16) - 136
2. Nebraska (8) - 128
3. Kansas State - 88
4. Kansas - 63
5. Colorado - 58
6. Iowa State - 31

South
1. Texas (16) - 135
2. Oklahoma (7) - 126
3. Texas A&M (1) - 82
4. Oklahoma State - 81
5. Texas Tech - 56
6. Baylor - 24

First place votes in parentheses
Say What? So some idiot future sports writer from Ohio State. Proclaims Stoops gets preferential treatment from media... Quote:
It is just a bit unfair that while Stoops sits out there seemingly untouched by the media, other coaches would be fed to the dogs had they run into the same predicament. This is just another case when success directly determines the amount of media praise or criticism that a coach and program will receive in a certain situation.
Does this student recall, Maurice Clarett receiving the REAL preferential treatment from his professors? By allegedly conducting academic fraud, according to the NY Times. To allow Clarett to play in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl against Miami in the National Championship. Don't forget, the thousands in special benefits Clarett received also. I do recall, Jim Tressel and Ohio State receiving a free pass -- especially from ESPN.. It's hypocritical to alleged Stoops has got preferential treatment, only when your coach is the media darling...

OU's Nichol learned QB skills throwing to buddies in a horse barn during snowy Michigan winters: The Oklahoman

Small Town Running Back Talks About OU Offer

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Jermie Calhoun talks to the DMN about his Oklahoma opportunity: Jermie Calhoun admits adjusting to small-town life was tough. At 6-0, 210 pounds, with sprinter's speed and 4,234 yards in three seasons, Calhoun is ranked 10th on the rivals.com Rivals100 national recruiting list and is the top player in Texas. He committed to Oklahoma on March 10, spurning Florida, LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M, among others. Calhoun met Peterson on a recruiting visit to Oklahoma. Calhoun said he felt tiny next to Peterson. "He's a beast," Calhoun said. "He makes me look bad. I saw muscles I never knew we had on our bodies." Calhoun said he doesn't want OU fans to expect another Peterson. Calhoun said he's more of a finesse runner, while Peterson attacks. "You can't compare someone to another man," he said. Going into his junior season, Calhoun never thought he'd be the No. 1 running back in the state. When Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops visited Van High School, "It kind of hit me hard," Calhoun said. The school for which Calhoun grew up wanting to play – Texas – didn't offer a scholarship because of academic concerns, [Blake] Pennington said. (In parts and more at Dallas Morning News)

Katoa: "I will definitely visit Oklahoma": OUInsider.com

July 18, 2007

OU Kicker Attends Camp And Scholarship Offered

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU Kicker Moreland receives scholarship: Mike McCabe, Prattville High School's kicking coach, held a three-day kicking camp at the school's football practice field over the weekend. McCabe's One on One Kick­ing School is regarded as one of the elite in the nation. At the weekend camp, two of his stu­dents, Matthew Moreland and Dylan Van Fossen received scholarship offers. Moreland will attend the University of Oklahoma, while Dylan Van Fossen will attend Central Oklahoma University on athletic scholarships. (Prattville Progress)

Former OU WR Clayton enters blogosphere: Former Oklahoma WR Mark Clayton has joined other athletes in the world of blogging, check he's blog out at yardbarker.com/users/MarkClayton.

Peterson Awaits to Sign Contract and Pass Physical Exam

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Two huddles remain for Vikings to sign Adrian Peterson: Rookie running back Adrian Peterson has two hurdles remaining before he can join the Vikings next week in training camp: Signing a contract and passing one final physical exam on his mending leftcollarbone. Negotiations on Peterson's rookie deal remain in the early stages, and it is too early to know if a holdout is looming. As for his collarbone, coach Brad Childress said Peterson has suffered no setbacks but that his original rehabilitation plan always has included a late-summer evaluation." We'll have a final discussion on that," Childress said. "He hasn't had any backsteps, put it that way. Doing all your homework on it, it's not something you send back for a bone scan every day to see what it's doing." (Star-Tribune)

The 'Plus-1' format: How would it have affected the Sooners? The Oklahoman

July 17, 2007

College Football Final Four?

Major conferences considering a College Football Final Four? New York Post reports.. Sources in several conference offices, athletic directors and television networks told The Post that support is steadily growing for a "Plus-1," format in which there will be a national championship game following the playing of two "semifinal games." The first title game could be played in 2011. "There haven't been any official discussions among conference commissioners, but the overwhelming sense is that that's where we're headed," one conference source said. "There's simply too much money at stake and there's been too much debate with the current system." Under the new format, the top four teams would be seeded, probably using a voter/computer formula similar to the current BCS system and a sixth major bowl game would be created. (NY Post) Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has said previously, he's "on the fence" about any college football playoff system.

OU Begins Filming 2007 Intro Video

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Filming Underway for 2007 Oklahoma Intro Video: An annual summer tradition at Oklahoma continued Monday as former players returned to campus to join current Sooners in creating the season's pre-game intro videos. Uwe von Schamann, best remembered for his clutch, game-winning kick in the final moments of OU's 1977 game at Ohio State, appropriately kicked off the video shoot Monday morning. Former Sooner greats Rocky Calmus, Jerry Tubbs, Steve Owens, Antonio Perkins, Greg Pruitt, Joe Washington and current running backs Chris Brown, DeMarco Murray and Allen Patrick rounded out the list of participants on the shoot's first day. (SoonerSports.com) Here's a look back at the University of Oklahoma's 2006 football pre-grame intro.

Owens cheers for hometown: The Oklahoman

July 16, 2007

Darien Williams Expected Out Six Weeks

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Williams has surgery; expected out six weeks: Oklahoma free safety Darien Williams had surgery on his left foot Monday, but is expected to return in time for the beginning of the regular season. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Williams could be sidelined as long as six weeks following the surgery to fix a stress fracture, Oklahoma athletic department spokesman Kenny Mossman said. Oklahoma is scheduled to begin fall practice in early August. (SI.com)

Sooner faithful shouldn't worry: The Oklahoman

Defensive beatdown of Florida State by Oklahoma stands above all the rest: The Oklahoman

OU Q&A -- Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson: Tulsa World

Sooners, others hook it up at Hilldale: Muskogee Phoenix

July 13, 2007

OU Prospect Committed Despite NCAA Ruling

Oklahoma Sooner Football Article and Notes

Oklahoma's Incoming QB Commitment Jones unfazed by NCAA: His [Landry Jones] commitment to play football at Oklahoma remained firm. His respect for the coaching staff and players didn't budge. He was prepared. "It didn't bother me at all," Jones, a four-star prospect from Artesia (N.M.), said of the penalties levied by the NCAA against OU. "The coaches had already told us what was going to go on through all of this." The prospect continued by saying, "There are three guys battling for a position this year. If I want to come in and hopefully start my freshman year, I have to be focused in the offseason." (NewsOK.com)

Muskogee wide receiver prospect, Jameel Owens told The Oklahoman quote:
"At first I was thinking pretty hard on it. OU is going to be one of the top schools on my lists, but if they would have lost any bowl games, I would have had to change my list. But what they got hit with, it didn't really affect me. Losing two scholarships just means they have to do a better job of recruiting.”
Analysis: Booting Bomar, Quinn was right: Tulsa World

Sooners paying penalty in national perception: Tulsa World

History of Oklahoma NCAA Major Violations

I've been e-mailed and asked. What's the history of NCAA violations involving the University of Oklahoma football team. This includes only major violations (as listed by the NCAA) for football team. The NCAA list six major infractions by the Oklahoma football team dating back to January 1956.

January 11, 1956 - NCAA found University of Oklahoma football team violated improper transportation; extra benefits; improper recruiting inducements.

Result: 1 year Probation

January 11, 1960 - NCAA found University of Oklahoma football team violated improper financial aid; improper recruiting inducements; outside fund; lack of institutional control.

Result: 1 year Probation, 1 year post season ban, 1 year television ban

September 20, 1973 - NCAA found University of Oklahoma football team violated extra benefits; including improper recruiting inducements; lodging, publicity and transportation; tryouts; excessive number of official visits; excessive time for official visits; in addition to academic fraud; eligibility; unethical conduct.

Result: 2 year Probation, 2 year post season ban, 2 year television ban, one assistant football coach not allowed to recruit.

November 11, 1980 - NCAA found University of Oklahoma football team violated improper financial aid; improper recruiting contacts, entertainment and transportation.

Result: Publicly reprimand.

December 19, 1988 - NCAA found University of Oklahoma football team violated improper transportation; extra benefits; complimentary tickets; improper recruiting contacts, employment, entertainment, inducements and transportation; unethical conduct; outside fund; lack of institutional control; certification of compliance.

Result: 3 years probation; 1 year television ban; 3 years probation; Maximum of 18 initial grants for 1989-90 and 1990-91 football season. maximum of eight coaches may recruit off campus for 1989-90; OU limited to maximum of 50 official visits for 1988-89 and 1989-90; The University of Oklahoma files annual reports regarding compliance programs; University of Oklahoma must show cause why more penalties should not be imposed if institution does not remove two assistant coaches and recruiting coordinator from recruiting and disassociate one representative.

And then the latest July 11, 2007. The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has penalized the University of Oklahoma for major violations in its football program.

Source: NCAA

July 12, 2007

More on the Sooners NCAA Ruling

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

If you missed the NCAA ruling, find it at NCAA Lays Down the Law to Oklahoma -- Sooners to Vacate Wins.

Oklahoma does not forfeit games: "Vacate does not mean forfeit," explained Paul Dee, acting chair of the committee, which issued the findings and assessed the penalties. The teams that Oklahoma beat wouldn't get credit for victories. The Sooners' record for 2005 would be 0-4. (Dallas Morning News)

Audio from the NCAA teleconference available at KFOR.com: Part 1 - Part 2

No Response from Rhett Bomar or Brad McRae: Former Big Red general manager Brad McRae and Bomar did not return phone calls Wednesday. Bomar's father, Jerry Bomar, declined comment. Quinn told The Associated Press the ruling was "dumb." "I have no idea," Quinn said. "I don't care." (NewsOK.com)

JD Quinn's response to NCAA ruling from KFOR-TV:

It's comical when he tells KFOR's Brian Brinkley get a REAL job.

Two ESPY wins related to Oklahoma-Boise State:Boise State's improbable last-second win over Oklahoma during a wild finish in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl helped take the team to the top of the Internet voting in the best game category -- over an Oklahoma State/Texas college hoops tilt, and the Colts/Patriots NFC Championship game. The Jared Zabransky to Ian Johnson two-point conversion play that won the game in overtime took the best play category. The so-called "trick play" beat out plays from Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA and the X Games. (AP/KTVB)

NCAA decision means OU will have to repair damaged reputation: The Oklahoman

NCAA penalties could leave Sooners with a winless 2005: The Oklahoman

Sooner sanctions at a glance: Tulsa World

Sanctions timeline: Tulsa World

NCAA punishes OU football program: Tulsa World

OU failed to monitor players correctly: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

If they all cheat, why is OU the one always getting caught?: Houston Chronicle

Sooners punished; What about USC?: SI.com

NCAA's penalties won't hurt Sooners: The Sporting News

NCAA really can't take OU's wins away: FoxSports.com

Oklahoma Plans to Appeal NCAA Decision: ABC News

July 11, 2007

Oklahoma Issues Statement Regarding NCAA Ruling

University of Oklahoma President David Boren issues statement; OU to appeal ruling: The University of Oklahoma will appeal the decision announced Wedenesday by the NCAA Committee on Infractions. OU President David L. Boren and Head Football Coach Bob Stoops released statements of reaction. (SoonerSports.com)
Statement from OU President David L. Boren: "It is appropriate that the action taken today by the NCAA does not limit the ability of our football team to succeed in the upcoming or future seasons." "In light of all the circumstances surrounding this case and as a matter of principle, the university has decided to appeal two elements of this decision - the penalty of erasing the 2005 season record and the finding of failure to monitor. Any mistakes made by the athletics department compliance staff while monitoring would not have prevented the intentional wrongdoing by the student athletes and the employer involved. The university developed the evidence of wrongdoing by the players and employer and took immediate action. Myles Brand, President of the NCAA said at the time, `.... I want to compliment the university insofar as that they took immediate action once they completed their internal investigation.'" "Above all, we do not believe that erasing the 2005 season from the record books is fair to the over 100 student athletes and coaches who played by the rules and worked their hearts out for a successful season that year." "The University remains strongly committed to setting the highest possible standards for our athletics program. We are continuing to enhance our compliance system, which includes the action taken last year to house the comprehensive compliance program in the Office of the General Counsel of the university."
Statement from OU Head Football Coach Bob Stoops: "I strongly support President Boren's statement and position, and I appreciate his support of our program. Our current team is focused on the upcoming season. The university is dealing with a matter that relates to the 2005 season. This group of players and those that will join our program later have no reason to be concerned about our goals or the direction of our program. Those things remain unchanged. We remain a program that is concentrated on winning championships and my expectation is that we will compete on that level for many years."

NCAA Lays the Law Down to Oklahoma -- Sooners to Vacate Wins

The University of Oklahoma to vacate 2005 wins: The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has penalized the University of Oklahoma for major violations in its football program.

These violations involve three football student-athletes receiving payment for work not performed at a Norman, Oklahoma automobile dealership. The impermissible benefits totaled approximately $17,000 in unearned wages and led to the committee finding that the institution failed to monitor the employment of football student-athletes.

Penalties for the violations include adding two years to the university's current probationary period, a reduction in allowable financial aid, and a vacation of records for the 2005 season including a bowl game victory.

The committee stated in its report that, "although this case centered on a few violations involving three student-athletes, the committee finds this case to be significant and serious for several reasons." These reasons include the value of the extra benefits provided by a booster; the fact that the violations continued over several months, which led to two of the student-athletes competing while ineligible; and the university had appeared before the committee only one year earlier for a case in which the committee found that the institution failed to monitor the men's basketball staff's telephone contacts with prospective student-athletes.

The violations were intentional on the part of the involved student-athletes and the dealership's manager, who was also a representative of the university's athletics interest. Two of the involved student-athletes received payment from the dealership for time that they were participating in football practices and voluntary workouts, attending class and otherwise away from the dealership.

As a regular practice, the two student-athletes clocked in for work, left the dealership, then returned later to clock out of work. On other occasions, one of them would clock the other in or out, so that both would be paid when only one was present. Based on records obtained from the dealership, it was also found that the third student-athlete was also clocked in and paid for times that he did not work, including time that was spent participating in a scrimmage and game.

In finding that the university demonstrated a failure to monitor, the committee noted the university failed to follow established procedures for the monitoring of student-athletes' employment when it did not timely collect gross earnings statements for 12 student-athletes who notified the university of their employment at the auto dealership during the 2005 summer vacation period. It was also found that the university failed to detect that football student-athletes worked at the auto dealership during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 fall and spring academic terms.

The university disagreed that facts of the case demonstrated a failure to monitor, stating that the compliance monitoring system was adequate and effective, but could not have been expected to detect this specific situation. The university noted that the situation involved student-athletes, in concert with the dealership's manager, engaging "in a deliberate scheme to deceive both the employer's payroll system and the university's employment monitoring system in an attempt to violate NCAA rules of which they were well aware."

However, the committee found that the university "made several mistakes in a narrow, but significant area – the employment of football student-athletes at the dealership, which resulted in a breakdown of its monitoring. When such mistakes result in significant violations of NCAA legislation, as in this case, a finding of failure to monitor is appropriate and justified."

The committee stated that because the dealership was the apparent largest employer of student-athletes, the university should have undertaken more extensive efforts to monitor the student-athletes' employment. It was noted that the university relied on the initiative of the football student-athletes to register their employment with the school as the only means of triggering the monitoring process. The committee also stated that the delay in detecting the violations meant that two of the student-athletes were able to compete during the entire 2005 season and practice during the spring of 2006.

In determining the penalties, the Committee on Infractions considered the university's self-imposed penalties and corrective actions. The penalties, some of which were self-imposed by the institution and adopted by the committee, are as follows:


-Public reprimand and censure.

-Two additional years of probation to be added to the conclusion of the institution's current probationary period. As a result, the institution's extended probationary period will expire on May 23, 2010.

-The institution permanently dismissed two student-athletes from the football team at the point when it determined they had knowingly and willfully been involved in receiving payment for work not performed. The third student-athlete had been previously dismissed for violations of team rules (self-imposed by the university).

-During the 2006-07 academic year, the university did not re-award or reallocate the financial aid awarded to the two dismissed student-athletes, resulting in a reduction of two scholarships in football (self-imposed by the university). The university shall further reduce football scholarships by two for each of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. This limits the university to a total of 83 football scholarships for those two years.

-Vacation of all wins in which the two ineligible student-athletes competed during the 2005 football season. The individual records of these student-athletes shall be vacated as well. Further, the university's records regarding football as well as the record of the head coach will be reconfigured to reflect the vacated wins and so recorded in all publications in which football records for the 2005 season are reported, including, but not limited to, university media guides, recruiting material, and university and NCAA archives. Finally, any public reference to these vacated contests, including the bowl game, won during this time shall be removed from athletics department stationary, banners displayed in public areas and any other forum in which they may appear.

-The institution disassociated the dealership's manager who supervised the student-athletes at the center of this case. This period of disassociation will be for at least five years (until Aug. 21, 2011) (self-imposed by the university).

-The committee further requires that the dealership manager be restricted from supervising or otherwise overseeing, in an employment capacity, any of the university's student-athletes during the five-year period.

-The university will reduce the number of football coaches who can recruit off campus by one during the fall 2007 evaluation period (self-imposed by the university).

The Committee on Infractions consists of conference and institutional athletics administrators, faculty and members of the public. The committee independently rules on cases investigated by the NCAA enforcement staff and determines appropriate penalties. The committee's findings may be appealed to the Infractions Appeals Committee.

Members of the Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case are Paul Dee, director of athletics at the University of Miami, formerly the university's general counsel, and acting chair; Eileen Jennings, general counsel at Central Michigan University; Alfred "Jim" Lechner, Jr., attorney with the Westfield, N.J., law firm of Lerner David and formerly a federal district judge in New Jersey; Gene Marsh, James M. Kidd Sr. Professor of Law at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa School of Law; Thomas Phillips, attorney with the Austin, Texas, office of the law firm Baker Botts and formerly the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court; Bonnie Slatton, professor of physical education and sport science, University of Iowa; and Dennis Thomas, the commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and formerly director of athletics at Hampton University. (NCAA PR)

As a result Oklahoma will finish the 2005 season record as 0-4. Forfeiting all regular and post-season games. Including, Oklahoma's 2005 Holiday Bowl victory over Oregon.

More to come....

*Updated

NCAA Announcement on Oklahoma Violations Today

I've been told, NCAA will announce their findings into the University of Oklahoma football violations this afternoon. NCAA penalties and/or sanctions (are likely) expected to be announced via conference call. More to come when available. Remember, it's been awhile since May 24, when Oklahoma expected the announcement in one to two weeks.

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July 10, 2007

Oklahoma vs. Cincinnati Slated for 2008 and 2010?

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Big East future non-conference schedule slates OU vs UC: According to the future non-conference schedules released by the Big East. Oklahoma will host the University of Cincinnati in 2008, with Oklahoma traveling to Cincinnati in 2010. Both University websites do not announce or note the future games. Though, an official announcement is expected at a later date.

Meet the Sooners Set for Aug. 3: The annual Meet the Sooners Day presented by Alltel has been set for Aug. 3 at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The event, which is highlighted by Oklahoma football coaches and players signing autographs, draws thousands of OU fans to Norman each year. Details pertaining to this year's event, including information on parking, gate openings, exact location, etc., will be made available at a later time. Gates will open at a yet to be determined time and the signings are slated to begin at 10 a.m. (SoonerSports PR)

Former Sooner Making a Name in the AFL

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Former Sooner Howard Duncan & Destroyers take on the Desperados: Most of the outside world had counted out the Columbus Destroyers long before kickoff to last Saturday's divisional playoff contest in Dallas. The 8-9 Destroyers had other ideas. After all, the 15-1 Desperados didn't seem as invincible to a Destroyers team that just narrowly lost to them in late May and have proven all season long to have a knack for raising their game to the level of the competition: regardless of how high the bar is set. Last Saturday night, in front of 15,000+ hostile fans, Columbus quarterback Matt Nagy shredded the Dallas defense, passing for 4 TD's and rushing for another two. A key cog to the Destroyers improbable run to the Conference Championship has been the stellar play of their offensive line, and on it, former Oklahoma Sooner, Howard Duncan. Duncan, a native of Liberia, became a regular on the Destroyers O-line during the 2006 season, and he is no stranger to success. The 6'4 300 LB Duncan was a Third-Team All Big-12 selection while at Oklahoma. His tenure under Bob Stoops was capped with a National Championship in 2000. Prior to his days in Norman, Duncan started 24 straight games while at Butler Community College. During the stretch, the team compiled a mind-boggling 23-1 record, including two National Championships. For his efforts, Howard Duncan was named the Jayhawk Junior College Offensive Lineman of the Year. Duncan and his fellow Destroyers have had a roller-coaster of a season. Big wins over upper echelon opponents including both Dallas and Georgia have proved them to be capable of big time success. However, the consistency just hasn't been there as they struggled to put together a true winning streak at any point in the season. Regardless, on the heels of two stellar playoff performances, the Destroyers find themselves 60 minutes away from a trip to New Orleans and a chance to play for an ArenaBowl Championship. Be sure to check out Howard Duncan and the Columbus Destroyers on Saturday July 14, 1:00PM ET on ESPN. (Gregg Hayim/AFL PR)

(7/10) Big 12 Media Days Around the Corner

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Stoops with Kelly and Smith to represent OU at Big 12 Media Days July 23: OU coach Bob Stoops will bring a pair of junior Sooners, defensive back Reggie Smith and wide receiver Malcolm Kelly. Cowboys starting quarterback Bobby Reid won't make the trip, and neither will any of OU's three potential quarterbacks, Sam Bradford, Joey Halzle or Keith Nichol. (NewsOK.com) Oklahoma is schedule for Monday's (July 23rd) media day.

Federal Judge orders BurnLounge turn over documents: A federal judge has ordered online music retailer BurnLounge to turn over its financial records and do away with a major part of its business plan that he called a “classic pyramid scheme.”The New York company agreed to a preliminary injunction with the Federal Trade Commission after government regulators sued BurnLounge in June.BurnLounge became popular in Columbia after being marketed by local sports and music personalities, including USC broadcaster Todd Ellis and Hootie and the Blowfish.The injunction issued last week requires BurnLounge to stop paying money to members who recruit other investors and forbids the company from disposing of any assets obtained before June 6. Investors who bought Web page packages for as much as $430 were paid up to $50 for each person they recruited to buy a similar package. BurnLounge members include former Clemson head football coach Danny Ford, Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops, USC receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. and ex-USC Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers.Ellis, Stoops, Ford, Spurrier Jr., Rogers, and Hootie and the Blowfish have not been named in any known legal action. (In part and more at The State)

July 9, 2007

(7/9) Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles

July 6, 2007

(7/6) Oklahoma Monitors Athletes to Alert of Head Injuries

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooners using next generation helmets to monitor head injuries: At first glance, it looked like a typical, run-of-the-mill helmet. Face mask. Ear holes. Hard-plastic shell. But as [OU head trainer Scott] Anderson and members of the NCAA sports science committee watched Rick Greenwald's demonstration at the NFL combine two years ago, it became clear to the OU trainer he was getting a glimpse into the future. "The system does not diagnose head injuries," Greenwald said. "But it does provide an important tool for clinicians on the field. It could prevent further injury caused by repeated head trauma.” Greenwald's helmet is equipped with tiny airbags, scattered in between the foam padding. Each airbag serves as a sensor, the sensors are connected to a transmitter. At impact, the airbags process their signal through a complex algorithm devised by Greenwald. If the impact registers greater than 98G — units of gravity or G-force — the signal is transmitted wirelessly to a remote computer and medical staff receive an electronic page. All in a matter of seconds. "I was immediately intrigued from a head injury standpoint and a heat-related injury standpoint," Anderson said. The helmet is also outfitted with a tiny thermostat to measure head temperature. "We quickly got on board." At first, OU partnered with Greenwald's New Hampshire-based Simbex company on what Anderson called a "base level." The system is expensive -- Anderson estimated a 40-helmet set at more than $60,000 -- and is only available in Riddell Brand helmets. But a year later, almost every player on the Sooners' two-deep was equipped with HITS -- Head Impact Telemetry System. (More at the NewsOK.com)

OU Enters Agreement with KTUZ for first ever Spanish Broadcast: KTUZ-FM, La Zeta (106.7 FM) and Sooner Sports Properties have entered into an agreement for the first Spanish-speaking broadcast of a University of Oklahoma athletics event. The station will broadcast live the Oklahoma-Miami football game from Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Sept. 8. Sooner Sports Properties is a division of Learfield Communications, which owns OU's athletics multi-media rights. Skip Stow, general manager of Tyler Media, which owns KTUZ, feels the time is right to embark on this venture. "With the majority of students now in the Oklahoma City public school system coming from Spanish dominant households we felt that now was the time to expand our sports coverage and offer our listeners University of Oklahoma football in Spanish," he said. OU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione said the new opportunity is exciting. "We recognize the presence and impact of the Spanish-speaking media and KTUZ specifically," he said. "It is obvious to us that the marketplace is evolving and we want to pursue these new opportunities. We see this as an avenue to expand a very large fan base and we are pleased that we can partner with Skip Stow. "We want Spanish-speaking citizens to know that we embrace them for our events and we will seek other ways to encourage their interaction with our programs." The broadcast team will be anchored by T-30 Sports Director Rene Nava. Color commentary will be handled by James Kopelman and the stats will be done by Gabriel Ocegueda. (SoonerSports.com)

Harris Belonged on List: The Oklahoman

Life after football: White's new life: Tulsa World

July 2, 2007

The New SoonerSports.com

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

The redesigned SoonerSports.com; Two thumbs up: The OU Athletics Department welcomes you to the latest design of its official site, SoonerSports.com. The new site updated on servers Friday night and continues implementation throughout the weekend. The OU Athletics Department and CSTV committed considerable research, planning and design resources in developing the new SoonerSports.com. OU is recognized as a leader in intercollegiate athletics and its official site follows in that tradition. For many, the site serves as the front door to the Sooner experience. SoonerSports.com also provides an integral link between OU student-athletes, their families, coaches, Oklahoma students, fans, prospective student-athletes, alumni, media, donors, corporate partners, the University and peer institutions in the Big 12 Conference and the NCAA. (SoonerSports.com)

Want more Access to SoonerSports.com? It's All-Access: The value of the premium portion of Oklahoma's web site, SoonerSports.com, just got a lot better. Thanks to the new agreement with CSTV, subscribers to Oklahoma All-Access (formerly the O-Zone) will now receive OU's radio broadcasts at no extra charge. Under its previous agreement, OU fans were able to subscribe to the premium content, but that subscription did not include the radio broadcasts due to Sooner Sports Properties' agreement with Yahoo! sports. Fans were forced to purchase a separate $4.95/month subscription from Yahoo! in order to receive the radio broadcasts online. SSP's contract with Yahoo! expired this spring to coincide with its new contract with CSTV. CSTV provides an audio component as part of its offering so now Sooner fans can make just one stop to receive premium content. Best of all, the improved menu will come at no extra cost. Just as before, the monthly subscription fee is still just $9.95 per month, while the annual fee remains a reasonable $99.95. (SoonerSports.com)

The Collected Wisdom of J.C. Watts
: The Oklahoman

Top 10 OU Football Moments #8 Sooners Put Bama to Bed
: Crimson and Cream Machine

100 things to look forward to this college football season
: Shepard Express