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August 31, 2008

Sooners dominate Chattanooga

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma defeats Chattanooga 57-2 in season opener: Sam Bradford threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns, Chris Brown ran for three scores and only an hourlong rainstorm could slow down the Sooners in a 57-2 victory against Chattanooga on Saturday night. The Sooners converted their first seven possessions into touchdowns and led 50-0 before a thunderstorm caused a lightning delay that extended halftime by 1 hour and 12 minutes. Instead of stopping the game, both teams went through a glorified scrimmage in the second half -- except one team was trying not to score. "That's always a difficult situation in the second half when you're up 50-0 at halftime. You want your [backups] to move it but you don't want to be a bad guy and be throwing it all over the place and taking advantage of what's there," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "You know, you do the best that you can." (Associated Press/SoonerSports.com)

Sooners remove suspense early in 57-2 win: Dallas Morning News

OU cruises to 57-2 win after lightning delay at halftime: Tulsa World

Stats to come..

August 30, 2008

Game Day: OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Free shuttle from LNC to stadium: Sooner fans riding the shuttle from the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot to the stadium today may get a pleasant surprise. The service, which was $2 last season, is now free. The University of Oklahoma did away with the fee to comply with a new Federal Transit Administration regulation regarding charter service. The rule prohibits local transit authorities from offering game day service to fans if the fee is higher than the regular fare. CART service from the Lloyd Noble Center is offered for free on weekdays to students, faculty and staff. (The Oklahoman)

Gresham's newcomers to watch: SoonerSports.com

Football Kicks Off Season Saturday at No. 4 Oklahoma: GoMocs.com

Sooners' Murray anxious to play: The Oklahoman

OU compared to Chattanooga: The Oklahoman

History of OU mismatches: The Oklahoman

Welcome to my world -- OU LB Ryan Reynolds: The Oklahoman

Irish pub in Norman to be seeing double or OU kickoff: The Oklahoman

Brave Moccasins make trip to Norman despite clear mismatch: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma players to watch: The Oklahoman

The art of consistency: Norman Transcript

Stoops at 10 years deserves a top 10 list: Norman Transcript

GameDay tips: Tulsa World

Introducing Mike Balogun: Tulsa World

Decade of Bob: Tulsa World

Stoops revisited: Tulsa World

Sooners' Brown is nobody's also-ran: Star-Telegram

Five pressing questions for the Sooners: ESPN.com

August 29, 2008

Big Red Rally 7 PM Tonight!

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Annual Big Red Rally set for tonight: The CAC Big Red Rally, the annual kickoff event for University of Oklahoma students, is set for Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. on the north lawn of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Festivities include the Pride of Oklahoma, spirit squad performances and remarks from OU head coach Bob Stoops. The CAC Big Red Rally will be followed by the Big Red After Party on the East Lawn of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. The Big Red After Party, co-programmed by CAC Concert Series and Union Programming Board, will feature a free concert and food donated by Housing and Food Services. (SoonerSports PR)

Know the Mocs

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

A look at Oklahoma's opponent University of Tennessee Chattanooga Mocs coverage, including tidbits, quotes and game coverage.

Chattanooga QB Gault excited about OU atmosphere:
"We are very excited, playing in front of 80 (thousand) plus," said Chattanooga quarterback Jare Gault, who makes his debut Saturday night at Owen Field, having transferred from East Mississippi Community College. "It's something I've always dreamed of doing." (The Oklahoman)

The Mocs to play three QBs?
(Head Coach) Rodney Allison said there was a pretty good chance that three UTC quarterbacks would play Saturday. Based on the number of reps the QBs are getting in practice, that means that Jare Gault, Tony Pastore and Sloan Allison will play. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

New play clock may hurt UTC:
The Mocs' offense has practiced using the new clock several times during the past two weeks with some mixed results. "I just want to get (the players) into a rhythm, into a tempo (with the new clock)," Allison said. "It's harder when you don't have a clock for them to see, but if it's harder now it will be easier when we're actually in a game." (Times Free Press)

Worst non-conference match up:
ESPN.com ranks UTC-Oklahoma match up the worst 2008 Big 12 non-conference game. Also, Rivals.com ranked the game as the most embarrassing game of 2008.

Key injury:
Bryan Fitzgerald, a first-team preseason All-Southern Conference pick and the Mocs' leading rusher a year ago with 798 yards, is out for the season after knee surgery.

New staff:
UT Chattanooga has seven new assistant coaches in 2008.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Gault is starter for Mocs: Times Free Press

Passing game sharp in morning workout: Times Free Press

Keeping Mocs in the game: Times Free Press

Mocs need a healthy Wynn at RB: Times Free Press

Rodney Allison Talks To The Press About The Mocs Season Opener: The Chattanoogan

Find more about Oklahoma-UT Chattanooga game preview, including television, radio, game notes, local links and more.

(8/29) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Spencer Tillman to call first Sooner game: [Spencer] Tillman, an OU running back from 1983-86, will be broadcasting his first Sooners game. He said he is excited about doing the game with Brando, even if it isn't the best matchup. The two get out of the studio to broadcast a handful of games for CBS each season. "It's fun for us because it's sort of a primer for us," said Tillman, who broadcasts Houston, Texas, preseason games. "It kind of gets us into the mode of what's going on in the college scene." (The Oklahoman) Tim Brando will join Tillman in the booth with Emily Jones and former OU QB Charles Thompson on the sidelines.

Obama a role model for Chaney: The Oklahoman

Mocs savoring their moment on big stage: The Oklahoman

OU Football Notebook: The Oklahoman

Sooners hold Vegas’ respect: The Oklahoman's OU Blog

McCoy ready to take the lead: SoonerSports.com

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

Coordinators feeling it: Norman Transcript

Oklahoma's Bradford gets new cast for latest run: Houston Chronicle

Murray named to Doak Walker watch list

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

DeMarco Murray on Doak Walker award watch list: DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma's top returning rusher, has been named to the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award. The honor is presented annually to the top running back in college football. Murray, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev., ran for 764 yards last season despite missing three games and drawing only one start. He also scored 15 touchdowns, including 13 on the ground, to tie Adrian Peterson's freshman record at OU. Murray showed a flare for the big play with a 92-yard touchdown run against Utah State and a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns. The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select the semifinalists on November 10, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on November 24.(SoonerSports PR)

OU's season opener SOLD-OUT: The University of Oklahoma announced today that tickets for Saturday’s season-opening football game with Tennessee-Chattanooga have been sold. However, OU athletics ticket office personnel say they expect a few returns and exchanges on the day of the game. (The Oklahoman)

August 28, 2008

Freshmen WRs expected to play in '08

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Miller, Owens not expected to redshirt this year:
Bob Stoops has said this week that true freshmen wide receivers Dejuan Miller and Jameel Owens won't redshirt this season. "We're going to play them," Stoops said. (The Oklahoman)

Balogun survived semi-pro ball to earn starting LB spot at OU: The Oklahoman

Blitzkrieg: Norman Transcript

KNOW THE FOE: Tenn.-Chattanooga: Tulsa World

Up close: Branndon Braxton: Tulsa World

Football Notebook: Tulsa World

Defense should put up great front for Oklahoma Sooners: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

OU Sooners have pieces in place for championship run: Enid News and Eagle

Opening Chattanooga wasn't No. 4 Sooners' plan: Yahoo! Sports

August 27, 2008

Possible Suspensions?

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Couple players suspended for Saturday's game? [Bob] Stoops suggested that the Sooners could be without some players Saturday. Just who, he was not saying. "I'm not much for announcing suspensions," Stoops said, "because then they get their pictures in the paper and everyone talks about it. "Like everybody, there will be some guys for various reasons, from academics to other issues that we may hold. We'll see when we get to the game." (The Oklahoman)

Moreland and Stevens earns kicking duties: Stoops said Matt Moreland, a walk-on redshirt freshman from Bishop Kelley, has won the kickoff job. Jimmy Stevens will handle field goals, although it is possible the Sooners will use Moreland or Union freshman Tress Way for longer kicks. Or Way may redshirt. "Tress Way is doing a great job punting and kicking and is going to be really good for us," Stoops said. "Whether we use him ... I don't know if it would be right to use his year." (Tulsa World)

Mocs to 450k playing OU: Tennessee-Chattanooga will be making $375,000 guaranteed from Oklahoma plus a travel expense of $100,000 for playing in Norman on Saturday, athletic director Joe Castiglione said Tuesday. While that may seem like a lot, $475k is actually just a little above the norm for playing Football Championship Subdivision schools. (The Oklahoman)

Limited tickets remain for UTC and Cincinnati: Opportunities to see the Sooner football team in action this season are going fast with tickets remaining for only two games. The Oklahoma football season-opener vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga on Aug. 30 is nearing a sellout with only approximately 100 tickets returned from UTC Mocs still available for purchase. Tickets for the game are $49 each. Kickoff is set for 6:10 p.m. There are a limited number of tickets returned from Cincinnati available for their Sept. 6 contest with the Sooners as well. Tickets are on sale for $62 each. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (SoonerSports.com)

Deep run: Norman Transcript

Suspended?: Norman Transcript

Schedule's only an issue this week: Norman Transcript

Loss fuels Sooners: Norman Transcript

Sam takes the lead: Tulsa World

Stoops feels 'unrest, respect' for Chattanooga: Tulsa World

Listen to interviews with Sam Bradford and Bob Stoops: Tulsa World

Kelly gone but not forgotten: Tulsa World

Upset threat more imagined than real: Tulsa World

Eldridge may be OU's best player: The Oklahoman

Sooners receivers embracing versatility: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Oklahoma football glance: Dallas Morning News

Stoops, Sooners preparing for rare FCS challenge: ESPN.com

August 26, 2008

(8/26) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bob Stoops met the media Tuesday to discuss UT-Chattanooga. Find his pregame quotes here.

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KSBI-TV to historic OU bowl games: KSBI-TV is adding classic Sooner bowl games to its fall lineup. The bowl games will air on KSBI directly after the 11:30 a.m. SEC Game of the Week. Among the upcoming broadcasts: 1983 Fiesta Bowl vs. Arizona State (Sept. 6); 1988 Orange Bowl vs. Miami (Sept. 13); 1981 Orange Bowl vs. Florida State (Sept. 20); 1976 Orange Bowl vs. Michigan (Sept. 27); 1986 Orange Bowl vs. Penn State (Oct. 4); 2002 Cotton Bowl vs. Arkansas (Oct. 11); 1987 Orange Bowl vs. Arkansas (Oct. 18). (The Oklahoman)

Sooner schedule should be A-OK: The Oklahoman

Defender is 'blessed' to be at OU: Tulsa World

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

Stoops has goal for game against big underdog: Tulsa World

Sooners returned experienced receivers: Norman Transcript

Sophomores voted captain: Norman Transcript

Best hires and worst firings in Big 12 history: ESPN.com

OU in preseason rankings across the country

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Here's a look at Oklahoma Sooners in preseason college football rankings.

Kansas City Star...
Oklahoma No. 5 - All systems are go for another successful season, but there are some questions, especially on defense. Oklahoma is breaking in a total of four new starters at linebacker and in the secondary. - Blair Kerkhoff

Los Angeles Times...
Oklahoma No. 5 - Sooners fans would probably circle the wagons and agree on this: It's just not good enough winning the Big 12 Conference title while ruining Missouri's national championship hopes.That was nice, but it's time for Oklahoma to hit another gusher. - Chris Dufresne

Fort Wort Star-Telegram
...
Oklahoma No. 5 - The Sooners are stocked with talent, but lost some key players and need a young secondary to mature quickly.

SportingNews...
Oklahoma No. 4 - The new trick on offense will be a no-huddle, which was installed during the spring. It took some getting used to, but coaches believe the kinks will be worked out this fall. - Blair Kerkhoff

The Grand Rapids Press...
Oklahoma No. 2 - The offensive line is the nation's best and RB DeMarco Murray, who was injured after taking the team lead with 764 rushing yards last year, is a potential breakout star. -
David Mayo

The Arizona Republic...
Oklahoma No. 2 - Quarterback Sam Bradford could become a Heisman candidate behind one of college football's great offensive lines. - Doug Haller

Lexington Herald-Leader...
Oklahoma No. 10 - The schedule is baby-soft, and quarterback Sam Bradford enjoyed a fabulous first season. But the OU defense must get better. Much better. - John Clays

Press-Register...
Oklahoma No. 2 - The Sooners return their quarterback, two running backs, five linemen and a wrinkle. Sam Bradford, who set an NCAA record for freshmen with 36 TD tosses, will utilize a no-huddle set. - Mark Heim

Omaha World-Herald...
Oklahoma No. 5 - The Sooners have become a model of consistency with their strong defenses and diverse offenses. A break or two could lead to a title run. - Lee Barfknecht

ST. Louis Post-Dispatch...
Oklahoma No. 6 - The defense is filling some massive holes at linebacker and in the secondary. - Stu Durando

The Hartford Courant...
Oklahoma No. 5 - All the hype surrounding quarterback Sam Bradford (3,121 yards passing) might mean a national championship in the Sooners' view. - Desmond Conner

Shevport Times...
Oklahoma No. 3 - The Sooners have a great quarterback in Sam Bradford and fairly easy schedule. - Glenn Guilbeau

New York Post...
Oklahoma No. 1 - Three Big 12 crowns but no national titles in five years. - Lenn Robbins


New York Daily News...
Oklahoma No. 4 - Their inability to win a BCS bowl the last two years remains confusing, but it's easy to see the Sooners going unbeaten if they get past Texas in an Oct.11 showdown in Dallas. - Dick Weiss

August 25, 2008

OU names team captains

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bradford and McCoy among Oklahoma team captains: Sam Bradford, Jon Cooper, Brody Eldridge, Nic Harris and Gerald McCoy have been named Oklahoma's team captains for the upcoming football season. The players were selected in a vote taken by the team. Bradford, a quarterback, Cooper, a center, and Eldridge, a tight end/fullback are the offensive captains. Harris, a safety, and McCoy, a defensive tackle, are the defensive captains. Cooper and Harris are seniors. Eldridge a junior and Bradford and McCoy redshirt sophomores. (SoonerSports.com)

Louisiana prep star considering OU: According to Louisiana prep running back Eddie Lacy, some coaches have told him his running style reminds of Adrian Peterson. Interestingly, OU is among a list of elite schools who have offered the Giesmar, La., prospect, along with Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Tennessee, Nebraska, Florida State and others. Lacy, who ran for 1,800 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior, appears in no hurry to commit. He told Sporting News Today that he'll watch the teams he's considering this season, then make a decision. (The Oklahoman)

Four questions about OU football: The Oklahoman

Breaking down Tennessee-Chattanooga: The Oklahoman

Lofton expected to start first NFL game: The Oklahoman

Mocs a mystery: The Oklahoman OU Blog

OU turns focus to Mocs: Tulsa World

Sooners must boost intensity: Tulsa World

Know the Foe: Tulsa World

Stoops today: He has a goal for this week's game against big underdog: Tulsa World

Versatility at fullback, tight end: Norman Transcript

College Football Previews: #4 Oklahoma: Deadspin

Oklahoma returns with BCS bowl in its sights: Topeka Capital-Journal

August 24, 2008

(8/24) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bradford's second act: Norman Transcript

Sooners ready to turn the page: Norman Transcript

The Key -- DeMarco Murray: Tulsa World

Iglesias learning life's lessons: Tulsa World

Ice dreams of Hockey, not football, a big part of Sooner quarterback's childhood: Tulsa World

Defense has tall order living up to hype: Tulsa World

Four areas that will make or break OU's season: Tulsa World

McCoy reaching out to those in need: Tulsa World

Franks moving on after tragedy: Tulsa World

Walker now attacks linemen: Tulsa World

Clayton a daddy's boy and proud of it: Tulsa World

Position Analysis: Tulsa World

Stoops, staff hate losses, but they don't stay down for long: The Oklahoman

Will we be looking back at Stoops@20?: The Oklahoman

New system should kick Sooner offense into higher gear: The Oklahoman

Down and dirty with the Sooners's football schedule: The Oklahoman

Bob Barry Sr. calls the action -- and sometimes takes the heat: The Oklahoman

For Sam Bradford, the Heisman: The Oklahoman

OU quarterbacks in the Heisman race: The Oklahoman

Sooner cornerbacks face challenging role filled with criticism: The Oklahoman

Glitzy OU quarterback gig comes with sacrifice: The Oklahoman

Side-by-side -- Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow: The Oklahoman

Being an offensive lineman 'all guts, no glory': The Oklahoman

Mocs a mystery: The Oklahoman OU Blog

STOOPS' TROOPS MEN ON A MISSION: New York Post

Loadholt big man for OU: Enid News

Oklahoma's Stoops carries burden of his early success: Kansas City Star

Trojans, Sooners look like nation's top 2:Arkansas Democratic Gazette

August 23, 2008

OU freshmen expected to play

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

True freshmen Owens and Miller expected to play: Sooner coach Bob Stoops said today that Jameel Owens and Dejuan Miller will likely play in 2008, a rather strong indicator of the duo's progress given that Ryan Broyles, Corey Wilson and Tyler Stradford, OU’s true freshman wideouts a year ago, all redshirted. Stoops said other true freshmen he expects to play this season include safety Joseph Ibiloye and offensive linemen Stephen Good and Ben Habern. Defensive ends coach Chris Wilson said he hasn't determined whether R.J. Washington, the nation's No. 1 high school D-end last year according to ESPN and Rivals.com, or fellow freshman David King will see action this year. (Tulsa World)

Behind the scenes, the heart of Bob Stoops revealed: The Oklahoman

Pin of hope -- The story behind the gold ribbon: The Oklahoman

OU football notebook: The Oklahoman

Special spectators and OU battle illness: The Oklahoman

Reynolds' knees a concern: Tulsa World

Practice Report: Tulsa World

Line should be great: Norman Transcript

Practice over, season set to begin: SoonerSports.com

August 22, 2008

Jon Cooper on Rimington Watch List

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes'

Cooper named to Rimington Watch List: Oklahoma's Jon Cooper has been named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Award, which is presented annually to the top center in college football. Cooper has been a mainstay in the Sooner offensive line since he broke in as a starter in 2005. He has played in 34 games at OU with 29 starts. A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Cooper is a 6-2, 285-pound senior. In all, there are 43 players on the watch List. The PAC-10 checks in with the most candidates, with seven players being named. The Big-12 is represented by six players. The SEC and Big East Conference have five players each on the Watch List. (SoonerSports PR)

OU defense suffers penalty plagued practice: Several defensive players came into the interview room Thursday pouring in sweat after a sloppy practice resulted in extra running for the defense. "We're nowhere close to being good enough," said defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. "We had way too many mistakes today." Bob Stoops called a coaches' meeting immediately after practice, meaning none of the defensive coaches were available for comment. According to McCoy, the defense was plagued by "penalties," "lack of intensity" and "mental errors." (The Oklahoman)

Preseason Practice nearing end: SoonerSports.com

Fans vote Top 10 plays of 2000s: SoonerSports.com

Focus on family keeps Sooner assistants at home: The Oklahoman

No Bedlam ticket rush in Norman: The Oklahoman

OU football notebook: The Oklahoman

Sooner defense is struggling as of late: Tulsa World

Gerald 'The Real' McCoy: Tulsa World

Experience not a problem on D-line: Norman Transcript

No slump for Sam: Muskogee Phoenix

The Sporting News previews Oklahoma: The Sporting News

August 21, 2008

(8/21) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Holmes comfortable at both cornerback or safety: Don't ask Lendy Holmes where he's most comfortable, safety or cornerback. It's all the same to him. "I'm comfortable wherever I'm at," Holmes said. "I know both positions. I'll play either position." Holmes will likely be called on to do just that. Already this preseason, he's spent time atop the depth chart at both spots. "He could probably play wide receiver, too," Venables said. (The Oklahoman)

Midweek preseason practice video: SoonerSports.com

New faces at linebacker: Norman Transcript

Backup QB Halzle no one-hit wonder: Tulsa World

Practice Report: Tulsa World

Firing to hiring -- 9 days: The Oklahoman

Stoops a financial savior for OU: The Oklahoman

No. 4 Oklahoma two-minute drill: Sporting News

Sooners defense seeks redemption: AP/Sporting News

Ranking the Big 12 coaching jobs: ESPN.com

August 20, 2008

(8/20) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Quinton Carter expected out 2-3 weeks:
Oklahoma backup strong safety Quinton Carter is expected to be out at least two weeks after undergoing minor knee surgery, coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday. Carter, a sophomore out of Las Vegas, was sharing a reserve role with redshirt freshman Desmond Jackson behind returning starting free safety Lendy Holmes. (The Oklahoman)

ESPN Video:
Big expectations for Oklahoma Quarterback Sam Bradford.




Tuesday evening practice coverage: SoonerSports.com

Stoops' philosophy captivated OU's Joe C.: The Oklahoman

Stoops saw OU as better opportunity than Iowa: The Oklahoman

Broyles seems to have all the right moves: The Oklahoman

OU, OSU still in the mix: The Oklahoman

Broyles' time is finally near: Tulsa World

Practice Report: Tulsa World

Old and new fill secondary: Norman Transcript

August 19, 2008

Bradford on Walter Camp Watch List

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sam Bradford named to Walter Camp watch list: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford has been named to the preseason watch list for the Walter Camp Award, which is presented annually to the top player in college football. Bradford already had been named to watch lists for the watch lists for the Maxwell (top player) and O'Brien (top quarterback) awards. Last season, as a redshirt freshman, Bradford set an NCAA freshman record with 36 touchdown passes. He tossed just eight interceptions. Bradford is trying to become the fifth OU player to win the Camp Award. The most recent do so was Bradford's position coach, Josh Heupel, who received the honor in 2000. The watch list will be narrowed to 15 semi-finalists in early November. (SoonerSports PR)

English anxious about return: It had been so long since Auston English hit somebody, the junior defensive end found himself getting antsy Sunday night. "I was real anxious," English said. "Last night, I went to bed kind of feeling like I was getting ready for a game because it's been a while since I've taken snaps like that. "You want to get out there and not lose a step." English, joining full contact drills for the first time this preseason, at least looked comfortable Monday morning when the Sooners began their final week of preseason work. (The Oklahoman)

Update on kicker competition: Jimmy Stevens continues to lead in the race to replace kicker Garrett Hartley, but he is being pushed by Tulsans Tress Way and Matthew Moreland. "Jimmy Stevens was good on everything," Stoops said. "His deepest (field goal) was 50. He only had one shot at it and made it. He missed one at 53, but he made everything else from 50 on in. The other guys each missed one. Tress Way made one at 53. Matt Moreland missed one at 53. I'm really pleased with those guys." (Tulsa World)

Greatest wins of the 2000s -- No. 1: SoonerSports.com

Rain forces Sooners back inside: SoonerSports.com

Healthy Tennell gains confidence: Tulsa World

Blue-collar roots, values define Stoops: The Oklahoman

Stoops -- The early headlines: The Oklahoman

Casillas shares memories: The Oklahoman

Special delivery: Norman Transcript

Sooners get a boost from English's return: Norman Transcript

Stoops secure in OU's rich football history: ESPN.com

August 18, 2008

OU Picks Up Three-Star QB Prospect

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma receives verbal commitment from QB Drew Allen: Drew Allen, a three-star prospect from San Antonio's Alamo Heights High School, committed to the Sooners Sunday.Allen is the first quarterback in the Sooners' 2009 class, giving OU a third scholarship quarterback for 2009 to go with Sam Bradford and Landry Jones.A 6-foot-5, 209-pound prospect, Allen passed for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns a year ago, adding 254 yards and five touchdowns rushing.Allen chose OU over Oklahoma State, Colorado, Kansas State, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Purdue and Wake Forest. (The Oklahoman)

Enter to win seats for Sooners: SoonerSports.com

Sooners need replacement for Box, use of no-huddle iffy: The Oklahoman

Spotlight rarely shone on one of OU's all-time greats: The Oklahoman

OU football notebook: The Oklahoman

What about Bob?: The Oklahoman

Healthy Brown an added threat for OU: Tulsa World

Oklahoma's Three Storylines: Tulsa World

August 17, 2008

OU No. 4 in AP Preseason Poll

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma ranked No. 4 in Associated Press preseason poll: Oklahoma was ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press preseason poll released today. The Sooners were the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 followed by No. 6 Missouri, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 14 Kansas. OU was also ranked at No. 4 in the Coaches Poll. OU has the most appearances at No. 1, in the Top 5 and in the Top 10 of the AP preseason poll. (SoonerSports.com)

Top 10 with Big 12 teams
1. Georgia (22)
2. Ohio State (21)
3. USC (12)
4. Oklahoma (4)
5. Florida (6)
6. Missouri
7. LSU
8. West Virginia
9. Clemson
10. Auburn
11. Texas
12. Texas Tech
14. Kansas

Find full ranking on my Oklahoma Sooner Football rankings page.

Coach Stoops on OU's AP ranking: "I have no idea what we are. It doesn't matter," he said after Saturday's scrimmage. "You gotta win. It's simple. We're working on that in practice. That's all I can do something about."

Coach Stoops on OU's second scrimmage: "This one was better," Stoops said. "I thought we showed improvement from the last scrimmage to this one. We were definitely sharper." No stats were released from this scrimmage

Granger missed practice with sore back: Coach Stoops was asked about DeMarcus Granger's place down the nose guards' depth chart. "That's only because his back was a little bit sore. He missed a few practices," Stoops said. "He's working and doing well." (Tulsa World)

Sooners catching up to play clock: Norman Transcript

Five ways game will change: Norman Transcript

Nobody got hurt: Norman Transcript

Triple triple club -- Bob Stoops: The Oklahoman

Sooners ranked No. 4 by AP: The Oklahoman

Stoops has reached the level of OU's coaching greats: The Oklahoman

Stoops' route: The Oklahoman

National title club and how Stoops compares: The Oklahoman

Sooners rank fourth in AP poll: Tulsa World

Bradford is sharp at scrimmage: Tulsa World

Former Tulsa standout hopes to shine at OU in 5th year: Enid News

August 16, 2008

(8/16) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Jarboe ineligible to play in 2008: According to Troy coach Larry Blakeney, Trojans wide receiver Josh Jarboe currently is not eligible to play this season after transferring from Oklahoma earlier this week. Because OU told Troy officials that they didn't refuse him admission for the fall, Blakeney said, Jarboe is now being treated as a transfer student by the NCAA, with this season being his sit-out year. Blakeney, however, told the Dothan (Ala.) Eagle that Troy will appeal his eligibility status for this year to the NCAA. (The Oklahoman)

Closed Scrimmage: Oklahoma holds a closed scrimmage today at the stadium.

Switzer highlights evening practice: SoonerSports.com

Finishing touches for scoreboard: SoonerSports.com

Gresham says he'll stay: Tulsa World

Practice Report: Tulsa World

Foes knuckled under to Eddie Fisher: The Oklahoman

Football fans can tailgate at Norman art center: The Oklahoman

Fullback's a tough position: Norman Transcript

Injuries prompt questions about Oklahoma's D: ESPN.com

August 15, 2008

Holmes back to Free Safety

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

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Lendy Holmes moves back to free safety: After spending the first two weeks of preseason practice at cornerback, Lendy Holmes was moved back to free safety this week, clearing the way for Dominique Franks to move back into the starting lineup at field cornerback. "It's been good having Lendy over there working with Dom, and in all honesty Dom's had a pretty good camp," secondary coach Bobby Jack Wright said Thursday. "He's gotten much better the last couple of days. At the moment, Franks and Brian Jackson are OU's starting cornerbacks, with Holmes and Nic Harris starting at the safety spots. Redshirt freshman Sam Proctor has shifted into a backup role behind Harris at strong safety. "The competition is really the thing that keeps everybody on edge, keeps everybody focused, keeps everybody working to get better," Wright said. (The Oklahoman)

Video board preview: SoonerSports.com takes a look at finishing touches taking place on OU's new video board.

Jimmy Stevens ahead of competition? While one former Union Redskin, Franks, has made a move up the depth chart, another, Tress Way, appears to have slipped. Addressing his kicking game after practice Thursday, OU coach Bob Stoops said, "Jimmy might be a little bit ahead of them. He's got the lead." That's Jimmy Stevens, the Oklahoma City Heritage Hall redshirt freshman fighting Way to take over for Garrett Hartley as kicker. Stoops reported Stevens hit a field goal to close out an end-of-game two-minute drill at practice on Thursday. (Tulsa World)

Thursday morning practice coverage: SoonerSports.com

Broyles seems to have all the right moves: The Oklahoman

Broyles a hot topic once again: Norman Transcript

Holmes back at safety: Norman Transcript

Franks making progress: Tulsa World

August 14, 2008

OU-UT Chattanooga Broadcast Details

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman to call Oklahoma-UT Chattanooga: Oklahoma's season-opening football game against Chattanooga on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m., CT will be televised live on pay-per-view by Big 12 Special Order Sports, FSN Southwest's pay-per-view division. The telecast will be available on participating cable television systems in Oklahoma and Texas and nationwide to satellite dish customers. Suggested retail price is $29.95. A list of participating programming providers carrying the PPV game will be announced later. Most programming providers will begin accepting orders the week of the game. Fans should check with their local provider for availability in their area. Tim Brando (play-by-play), former Oklahoma running back Spencer Tillman (analyst), former OU quarterback Paul Thompson (sideline reporter) and FSN Southwest's Emily Jones (sideline reporter) call the action. Former Oklahoma quarterback Dean Blevins will host the pay-per-view telecast from Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., and will anchor a one-hour pregame show, which will commemorate coach Bob Stoops' 10th season at Oklahoma. (SoonerSports PR)

Hope springs a leak with Jarboe: Tulsa World

Sooners No. 1 in Playboy's Pigskin Preview

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Coach Stoops watches the Olympics like the rest of us: While former OU gymnast Jonathan Horton was leading the USA to a bronze medal, coach Bob Stoops was tuned in at home Monday night, cheering on a fellow Sooner. "Jonathan Horton was absolutely amazing last night, wasn't he?" Stoops said. "Loved it. And what a leader. I was really proud watching him. I thought he was fabulous." Stoops said he's a fan of the Olympics, appreciating all that goes into making that grand stage and then responding to it. "All of them, I like watching all of it," Stoops said. "What's so neat about it is you get that one moment to be at your best. That's what I love about boxing as well. "You get that one shot. And if you happen to have over-trained, or you don't hit it just right..."(The Oklahoman)

Limited tickets remain for UT Chattanooga and Cincinnati: The University of Oklahoma has a limited number of tickets remaining for each of its first two home games, the Aug. 30 opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga and the Sept. 6 contest against Cincinnati. The tickets became available when they were returned by the visiting teams. The UTC tickets are $49 each, while the Cincinnati tickets are on sale at $62 each. Kickoff times are already set for both games. The Sooners and Chattanooga will start at 6 p.m., with the UC game slated at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at SoonerSports.com, in person at the office located on the stadium's west side or on the phone at 405/325-2424 or 1-800-456-GoOU (4008). (SoonerSports PR)

Oklahoma No. 1 in Playboy's annual Pigskin Preview: Playboy magazine has the Sooners ranked No. 1 in its annual Pigskin Preview. Ohio State, Florida, Missouri and USC round out Playboy's top 5. Also, OU offensive lineman Duke Robinson was named to the magazine's All-American team. (Norman Transcript)

Sooners midway through preseason: SoonerSports.com

Balogun ready to step in for Sooners: The Oklahoman

Top teams in football poll already feel the injury bug's sting: The Oklahoman

Iglesias' name gets lost in the midst of Sooner greats: Tulsa World

Practice Report: Tulsa World

Oklahoma's hopes hang on crimson curtain: Dallas Morning News

Stoops, OU out to write happy ending: Houston Chronicle

August 13, 2008

Jarboe to play at Troy

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Dismissed Sooner Josh Jarboe to play at Troy University: The Birmingham News reports.. Troy University head football coach Larry Blakeney announced today that the Trojans have added Josh Jarboe, one of the top 10 receivers in the 2008 recruiting class, to the roster.

In a press release, Blakeney said, "Troy University has always been interested in providing opportunities for young people to better themselves, and this is a situation where a young man who has made some mistakes is looking for a second chance.

"I have met with Josh, and I am convinced that he is ready, and willing, to do the things we need for him to do to be a productive member of both this football team and the Troy University community."


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Box likely to miss OU's season opener

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Austin Box has knee surgery; "doubtful" for season opener: Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. OU head coach Bob Stoops said that the anticipated recovery time is three weeks. Stoops called Box "doubtful" for the season opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga, but "probable" for game two against Cincinnati. (SoonerSports.com)

Sooners pick up 17th verbal commitment

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

DeMarco Murray returns to practice: Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray has returned to practice at full speed this week. He was hobbled by an ankle sprain throughout the first week. "I did some of the practice stuff, but I haven't really been able to go all out until this week," Murray said following Tuesday's practice. "It's good to get back out there." OU coach Bob Stoops said Murray isn't showing any lingering effects. "He looked fine today," Stoops said. "That (ankle injury) was a minor deal." (Norman Transcript)

Jaz Reynolds verbally commits to OU: Monday night, Oklahoma got a commitment from Jaz Reynolds, a three-star receiver out of Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower High School. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Reynolds chose the Sooners over a host of schools, including Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska and Virginia. "I had been up to OU a couple of times, saw them play A&M, went to their junior day," Reynolds said. "When they offered, I just wanted to be a Sooner." Reynolds was recruited by first-year OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. (The Oklahoman)

Mensik back after hamstring injury: Assistant coach Kevin Wilson said he hasn't identified the third player to go with Jermaine Gresham and Brody Eldridge in his three-tight end set just yet. It likely will be Eric Mensik, but he's been out with a sore hamstring. Mensik returned to practice this week. "It's kind of a weird deal," Wilson said. "It's not a pull. It's kind of like where it attaches to the bone. They keep looking at it. It's a pain tolerance deal." (Tulsa World)

OU football notebook: The Oklahoman

Sooners are fully vested in beating the heat: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma had no choice on Jarboe: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Oklahoma deserves to take the rap in Jarboe case: On Campus with Sentinel Sports

August 12, 2008

Sooners Begin Two-a-Days Practices

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooners begin two-a-days: Heavy rain greeted the Sooners Monday morning as two-a-day practices commenced. The team worked inside the Everest Training Facility for the second time this preseason beginning at 9 a.m. Oklahoma will alternate between two-a-day and single practices this week with Monday, Wednesday and Friday scheduled as the double days. The team's second scrimmage will be Saturday at the stadium. The August 18th practices will be open to the public but all other practices and scrimmages are closed. (More at SoonerSports.com)

English still recovering: Starting defensive ends Auston English and Jeremy Beal continue their recovery from ailments. English says he is still a week from returning full-go from his appendectomy. "I'm just lifting, conditioning, trying to maintain what I have, gradually getting into some non-contact drills, footwork, things like that," he said. "It's really frustrating because you see those guys making strides and really meshing as a D-line. You want to be in the mix and get that cohesion with the rest of the group." (Tulsa World)

Jarboe to choose a college this week? In a T-shirt, shorts and trademark dreads, Jarboe strolled the buggy Cedar Grove practice field last week while his old team worked out in the heat. He talked to coaches, gave tips to players, answered calls on his cellphone. Coaches say a string of schools have called -- from Big Ten and SEC programs to historically black colleges. He's eligible to play this season and could choose a new school this week. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

OU Football Notebook: The Oklahoman

Lyrics on Stoops site embarrassing for OU: The Oklahoman

Sooners are looking for receiving help: The Oklahoman

Sooner wide receivers at a glance: The Oklahoman

August 11, 2008

(8/11) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma walk-on transfers to Southeastern: A walk-on football player for the Oklahoma Sooners is transferring to his hometown school. Quarterback Bo White of Durant has enrolled at NCAA Division II Southeastern Oklahoma State and plans to play for the Savage Storm. White had moved into a dormitory at Oklahoma and attended two practices, but said he mostly just stood around during the workouts. He says he didn't want to do that for two years. (AP/SportingNews)

OU football notebook: The Oklahoman

OU's Bradford could be first QB to win back-to-back Big 12 titles: The Oklahoman

Jones picks OU, leads Wagoner for now: The Oklahoman

OU back is good, but he's no A.D.
: Tulsa World

Oklahoma: Three Storylines: Tulsa World

Lee Roy Selmon gets Switzer's vote for best: Tulsa World

Joe Washington was original silver streak: Examiner Enterprises

August 10, 2008

(8/10) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Deep snapper Shaw recovering: Veteran deep snapper Derek Shaw is still wearing a boot on his foot after partially severing his Achilles tendon early in the summer. Shaw, who's been OU's deep snapper the past two seasons, said he's hoping to be back in time for Chattanooga. "The problem isn't snapping," Shaw said. "It's blocking and the footwork." (The Oklahoman)

OU joins OSU on no-huddle bandwagon: The Oklahoman

Why the no-huddle? The Oklahoman

No-huddle offense: changing the rules
: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma's Bob Stoops is clearly No. 1 in Big 12: The Oklahoman

Ranking the Big 12: Coaches: The Oklahoman

Mixed results for Sooners: Tulsa World

Practice Report Oklahoma
: Tulsa World

Sophomore slump for Bradford? Norman Transcript

Barry Switzer says playing himself isn't really acting: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Oklahoma's Harris eyes national title, NFL draft: The Town Talk