June 27, 2008

OU Lineman Arrested for DUI

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooner OT Phil Loadholt arrested: Oklahoma senior starting left tackle Phil Loadholt was arrested Saturday along Interstate 35 on suspicion of driving under the influence and for allegedly transporting an open container, criminal misdemeanor charges, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol documents. Kenny Mossman, OU senior associate athletics director in charge of communications, said he did not expect coach Bob Stoops to comment on the arrest. The situation likely will be handled internally, and it is not expected that Loadholt, 22, will be dismissed from the team. (The Oklahoman) UPDATED: Loadholt, the Sooners' 6-foot-8, 350-pound starting left tackle, was pulled over at 2:35 a.m. Saturday after a state trooper saw his white Chevy Impala cross the center line and run onto the shoulder on Interstate 35 in Norman, according to an affidavit filed in Cleveland County District Court. The trooper reported in his affidavit that Loadholt, 22, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent – or nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent – on two separate tests. The trooper's affidavit also indicated that open containers of Busch Light beer and malt liquor were on the center console of Loadholt's car. (Dallas Morning News)

OU lineman Loadholt arrested: The Oklahoman

Kids take home some Adrian moments after a day at Norman camp: The Oklahoman

Adrian Peterson interview: The Oklahoman

Video board from every angle: SoonerSports.com

Peterson appears on the cusp of reaching superstar status: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American (1975): Crimson and Cream Machine

Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American (1974): Crimson and Cream Machine

Big 12 South preview: 1. OU. 2. Tech. 3. UT. 4. A&M: Houston Chronicle

June 24, 2008

Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione Named APR Chairman

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione named APR group chairman:
Joe Castiglione, vice president for intercollegiate athletics programs and director of athletics at the University of Oklahoma, has been appointed by NCAA President Myles Brand to chair the Football Academic Progress Rate (APR) Working Group to review the academic progress rate as it pertains to Division I football student-athletes. APR just concluded its fourth year as the measuring device relative to academic performance. "This is an interesting, important and timely initiative" Castiglione said. "Dr. Brand has assembled a dynamic group of intercollegiate leaders to review the program and I feel privileged to be involved in the process. "The NCAA's academic reform package consists of enhanced academic standards, improved measurements of academic success and consequences for the academic performance of teams. This is an appropriate time to examine the impact this effort has had on the sport of football." OU President David L. Boren said, "This well deserved recognition of Joe Castiglione is also an affirmation that the University of Oklahoma is playing a leading role nationally in setting high standards for intercollegiate athletics." Castiglione said the group, which consists of presidents, chancellors, conference commissioners, faculty athletics representatives, athletics directors and head football coaches, already has split into sub-committees to begin the work. (SoonerSports PR)

ESPN.com Bowl Predictions: ESPN.com writer Mark Schlabach offers his early bowl predictions.

The Eric Thunander file: The Oklahoman

Former Sooner tells all: The Oklahoman

Excerpt from 'Silent Thunder': The Oklahoman

Big 12, Big Ten, SEC dominate bowl forecast: ESPN.com

June 23, 2008

(6/23) OU Football Articles and Notes

June 22, 2008

(6/22) OU Football Articles and Notes

June 20, 2008

Sooners Pick Up 15th Verbal

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Musil commits to Oklahoma: Three-star recruit Marshall Musil of LaCrosse, Kan., committed to Oklahoma on Thursday evening, bringing the Sooners' overall commitment total to 15. Musil said he chose OU over Colorado State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Missouri, TCU and Tulsa. Musil is expected to play tight end for the Sooners. "When we first got there, it felt comfortable for my whole family," he said. "We felt it was a fit for us." Musil first visited Norman a couple of weeks ago during OU's football camp. "They liked how I moved for my size," said Musil, who is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. "I probably won't play my first year because they have a lot of good tight ends, but they said they liked my size and speed for special teams." (The Oklahoman)

2008 Season Preview: Cincinnati Bearcats: Crimson and Cream Machine

Bears, Tommie Harris agree on new contract: Chicago Tribune

June 19, 2008

(6/19) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Vote greatest plays of the 2000s: SoonerSports.com

OU Football Notebook: The Oklahoman

Stoops a real salesman: Tulsa World

Controversial BCS will be used for foreseeable future: Tulsa World

Sooners looking to cure BCS blues: BleacherReport.com

June 18, 2008

A Sooner Joins the Marines

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Freshman Britt Mitchell joins the Marine Corps.: A freshman offensive lineman has quit the Oklahoma Sooners football team to join the U.S. Marine Corps. Britt Mitchell left the team and enlisted last week, sports information director Kenny Mossman confirmed on Tuesday. "He has the coaching staff's full support in pursuing something that has been attractive to him for some time," Mossman said. (Tulsa World)

OU passing yards go Wednesday: SoonerSports.com

Greatest wins of the 2000s -- No. 10: SoonerSports.com

June 16, 2008

(6/16) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Norvell back in thick of rivalry: Lincoln Journal-Star

NFL Not Buying Big 12 Quarterbacks? Crimson and Cream Machine

2008 Heisman Preview: New Era Scouting

June 15, 2008

Four Sooners in the Latest Rivals Top 250

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Four Sooner commitments among Rivals top 250: Four OU commitments made the latest Rivals.com top 250 list, which was revised last week. Dewar linebacker Ronnell Lewis , OU's first commitment, is ranked 99th in the nation, according to Rivals. Defensive end Justin Chaisson (169), linebacker Tom Wort (240) and defensive back Steve Williams (244) also made the top 250. OU currently has 13 overall verbals and could have 14 soon if Missouri 3-star offensive lineman Tyler Evans commits in the coming days as expected. (The Oklahoman)

Love of the game led Heupel to fame: Tulsa World

Who is the best?: Tulsa World

Unsung, not unappreciated: Tulsa World

College athletic directors discuss issues: Dallas Morning News

June 14, 2008

UT Fan Files Civil Suit Against OU Fan After Fight

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Texas fan sues bar and OU fan after fight: A University of Texas fan filed a civil lawsuit on Thursday seeking more than $100,000 in damages from an Oklahoma City bar and a University of Oklahoma fan after a fight left him injured. The bodily harm Allen Michael Beckett inflicted on Brian Thomas when Beckett grabbed his groin and refused to let go are "serious, painful and potentially permanent," Thomas' attorneys contended in the lawsuit filed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court. Beckett, 54, is scheduled to go on trial in December on a felony charge of aggravated assault and battery. He maintains he was defending himself from Thomas last June at Henry Hudson's Pub. Beckett's attorney, Billy Bock said other witnesses at the bar have countered Thomas' version of what happened on June 17, 2007. "Every bit of the investigation that's been done supports our side of things," Bock said. (Tulsa World)

OU's facilities among the best: The Oklahoman

OU recruit eager to play: Tulsa World

UT fan sues OU fan, restaurant: Tulsa World

Home is sweet for ex-OU QB: Tulsa World

Q&A with Jason White: Tulsa World

OU's Gundy has Sooners RBs tearing through defenses: CBSSportsline.com

June 12, 2008

(6/12) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

History of helmets: SoonerSports.com

OU Football Recruiting: Tulsa World

Texas lineman realizes dream, commits to OU: The Oklahoman

Slow economy won't stall rising coach salaries: Rivals.com

Ranking OU's top wins of decade: Enid News

June 11, 2008

Sooners Pick Up Another Verbal Commitment

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Josh Aladenoye verbally commits to Oklahoma: For the second day in a row, the Oklahoma Sooners got a commitment for an offensive lineman for the Class of 2009. Josh Aladenoye of Mesquite, Texas, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman, has committed to the Sooners, according to Rivals.com. “On my way home from camp, I gave them a call and they offered me. I think that is great. OU would be a great opportunity for me to be a Sooner. I have not committed to the Sooners, but a commitment to OU will be coming soon," he told OUinsider.com. (The Oklahoman)

Palestine to Honor AD with Second Annual Parade

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Peterson to be honored at second annual Adrian Peterson Day Parade: In his rookie season, Adrian Peterson made quite an impression on NFL fans and coaches around. The Palestine High School graduate was named the Associated Press' NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year as well as the Pro Bowl MVP, to name a few honors. For his accomplishments, he will be honored in the second annual Adrian Peterson Day Parade on June 21 in Palestine (Texas). "We had over 1,000 people here last year, but we're expecting an even bigger turnout this year," Carol Peques, who is the founder and organizer of the parade, said. "We got flyers out early and we've contacted people in Minnesota and Oklahoma who are all interested in Adrian." The parade will begin on Avenue A across from the courthouse at 10 a.m. and end at Old Town Palestine, followed by Texas State Railroad Park Festivities. (Palestine Herald)

Evans to Commit to OU

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Tyler Evans to verbally commit to Oklahoma:
[Tyler] Evans, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Strafford High School junior, plans on committing to the University of Oklahoma on Saturday, he told the News-Leader. After attending a three-day camp in Norman, Okla. this past weekend, he said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops offered him a full scholarship. Evans told Stoops he wanted to talk it over with his family and will commit when he receives the paperwork on Saturday. "It's a totally different experience. I'm going to get to do something most kids from (this area) will never get to do," Evans said. (News-Leader)

Trio see OU as No. 4 or 4, Fiesta Bound: The Oklahoman

Looking ahead to Oklahoma: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Former Sooner Tom Catlin Passes Away

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sad News.. Former Sooner Tom Catlin dead at 76: Tom Catlin, one of just five two-time All-Americans to play for Bud Wilkinson, died Saturday in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish, Wash. He was 76. Catlin played football at the University of Oklahoma from 1950-52 after earning All-State accolades in 1949 as a senior at Ponca City High School. He was OU's first GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American. Playing center and linebacker, Catlin was named all-conference three times, earned All-American honors in 1951 and 1952 and was co-captain with quarterback Eddie Crowder during his senior year. "Tom Catlin was one of the very special players," Crowder said Monday from his home in Boulder, Colo. (Tulsa World)

Tom Catlin, former Seahawks assistant coach, dies from surgery complications: Seattle Times

June 8, 2008

(6/8) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Stoops discusses Jarboe: During Thursday's Caravan stop in Tulsa, OU coach Bob Stoops was asked about his decision to take in freshman wide receiver Josh Jarboe. Jarboe was arrested in March on felony gun charges. But after he pled guilty last week, those charges were reduced to misdemeanors through Georgia's First Offenders Act. "Just as it is when a guy is already on your team and participating, everything is an individual case-by-case situation,” Stoops said. "Does this guy deserve to be with this team or not? We've removed plenty, we've worked with plenty. Eventually, too, if guys continue to have problems it has become pretty obvious that those guys are removed. "Everything weighs into to it. I've been here 10 years and our track record has been fairly decent on what's been acceptable and what isn't.” (The Oklahoman)

Sooners' future high profile opponents: The Oklahoman

OU memorabilia to benefit school: The Oklahoman

Hard spot means soft OU opener: Tulsa World

It's still the offseason for Stoops: Tulsa World

Q&A with Bob Stoops: Tulsa World

June 6, 2008

OU, Tulsa Extend Football Series

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma, Tulsa agree to extend football series: With two games remaining on their current football scheduling agreement, Oklahoma and Tulsa have agreed to a new contract that will add another three games to the series. The schools made the announcement jointly on Friday. The Sooners and Golden Hurricane will play in Norman in 2009 and 2011 under the existing pact. The new agreement calls for a Sept. 14, 2013 game in Norman, a Sept. 20, 2014 game in Tulsa and a Sept. 26, 2015 game in Norman. "Our series with Tulsa is a good one on many fronts," said OU Vice President for Sports Programs and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione. "It makes sense for two in-state schools to compete on a somewhat routine basis, plus it allows us to play before many of our fans and alumni in the Tulsa area. "TU has had a good football program for a many years and we certainly respect the caliber of team it puts on the field." OU and TU have played 23 games in a series that dates back to 1914. The two schools have clashed seven times since 1990 and four times this decade. (SoonerSports.com)

Stoops puts focus on Big 12 wins: The Oklahoman

OU caravan notebook: The Oklahoman

OU caravan rumbles in with 2008 question: Tulsa World

Years later, Stoops still OU's man: Tulsa World

June 5, 2008

OU Ranked Third in Preseason Top 25

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooners ranked third in Athlon Sports preseason top 25: The editors at Athlon Sports write, "Oklahoma reloads with elite talent once again behind sophomores Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray." (More at AthlonSports.com)

Top 10, Including Big 12 Teams
1. Florida Gators

2. Ohio St. Buckeyes
3. Oklahoma Sooners
4. USC Trojans
5. Georgia Bulldogs
6. Missouri Tigers
7. West Virginia Mountaineers
8. Auburn Tigers
9. LSU Tigers
10. Clemson Tigers
11. Texas Longhorns
13. Kansas Jayhawks
18. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Franklin heads to OU: The Northeast Georgian

The best offensive players in NCAA Football: TheBleacherReport.com

June 4, 2008

(6/4) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Lewis surprised by Oklahoma's scholarship offer: ESPN.com

A rivalry renewed?: Big Red Network

Williams not discouraged by tough year: The Oklahoman

June 1, 2008

Wagnor's Gus Jones commits to OU

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Jones verbally commits to Oklahoma: Gus Jones didn't waste time on making the biggest decision of his life so far. One day after the Wagoner High School linebacker made his trip to the University of Oklahoma, he made a verbal commitment to play for the Sooners on Friday. "It fit me and I thought it would be the one. I didn't want it to slip away," the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder said after making visits to Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State and Arkansas. "The thing that impressed me about Oklahoma is their coaches," Jones added. "They're a lot similar to our coaches here. We run the same kind of defense and I kind of compared (Wagoner defensive coordinator) Guy Gaylor to Brent Venables (OU's defensive coordinator). They're both hardcore and I like that. They're really competitive." Jones also had offers from North Carolina, OSU, Texas Tech, Missouri and Wyoming before choosing the Sooners. (Muskogee Phoenix)

OU football notebook: The Oklahoman

Stoops expects Jarboe to be on roster after charges reduced: The Oklahoman

Stoops' ex-troops are too close for comfort: Tulsa World

Late Jack Mildren's football career was stuff of legend: Dallas Morning News