December 31, 2009
Running battle: OU D vs. Gerhart: Tulsa World
El Paso may not provide road remedy for OU: Tulsa World
SUN BOWL NOTES: WATCH WHERE YOU KICK IT: The Norman Transcript
Game Day: Sooners looking for something to build on: The Norman Transcript
Stoops surprised to hear of Leach's firing: The Norman Transcript
College Football: Sooners, Cardinal are set to meet today in Sun Bowl: The Oklahoman
Stanford football notes: Luck could spell Pritchard in Sun Bowl: San Jose Mercury News
Cardinal, Sooners set to heat up Sun Bowl: San Jose Mercury News
Stanford scores on a reverse: Changes in approach led to turnaround on the field: San Jose Mercury News
The Sun Bowl at a glance: San Jose Mercury News
Sun Bowl play expected to be rough-and-tumble: Las Cruces Sun-News
Brut Sun Bowl: Oklahoma Vs. Stanford: Bleacher Report
Getting ready for the Sun Bowl: Juárez aside, El Paso's 'been great': El Paso Times
Sun Bowl official optimistic CBS will extend contract: El Paso Times
Sun Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Stanford: AthlonSports.com
December 30, 2009
Sun Bowl: Stanford's Toby Gerhart is the real deal: The Oklahoman
OU football notebook: Stanford QB Andrew Luck 'doubtful' for Sun Bowl: The Oklahoman
Report: Cam Newton decision delayed: The Oklahoman
Wilson says team hasn't lost its 'mojo': OUDaily.com
Coaching in blood of Stoops, Harbaugh: Tulsa World
Big trouble in the Big 12: Tulsa World
OU offensive line about perseverance: The Norman Transcript
Winter weather finds Sooners in El Paso: The Norman Transcript
Watch Oklahoma Sooners' Attitude Against Stanford Cardinal in Sun Bowl: The Bleacher Report
Stanford prepares for the upcoming Sun Bowl: abc7news.com
Stanford Center Chase Beeler saw Red: San Jose Mercury News
Sun Bowl Fans Tour El Paso In Frigid Temperatures: KFOX El Paso
December 29, 2009
Branching out: Tulsa World
Stoops says reason for OU bowl losses is clear: Tulsa World
Oklahoma football notebook: Report says JUCO QB Cam Newton no longer considering Sooners: The Oklahoman
Oklahoma has coaches with Sun Bowl success: The Oklahoman
Former Michigan Wolverine Jim Harbaugh coaches Stanford like Bo Schembechler: The Oklahoman
Berry Tramel: College coaches pay a hefty price: The Oklahoman
Slowing Gerhart will be key to Sooners' success: OUDaily.com
Granger might be in: The Norman Transcript
Power struggle: The Norman Transcript
A start to remember for Stanford's Tavita Pritchard: San Jose Mercury News
College Football Bowl Preview: Sun Bowl: Bleacher Report
Sooners look to end bowl slide: San Francisco Chronicle
December 28, 2009
Tress Way puts Sooners way ahead in punting game: The Oklahoman
John Rohde: John Elway ruled on Owen Field in 1980: The Oklahoman
What to do when your blood's red and orange: Tulsa World
A decade full of glory and gloom: Tulsa World
Broyles a bright spot for Sooners: Tulsa World
Hampton is living the dream: Tulsa World
Bowl bound: The Norman Transcript
Stoops, Sooners avoid potential distraction: Dallas Morning News
Stanford Cardinal, Oklahoma Sooners battle in Brut Sun Bowl: SI.com
Meyer's announcement keeps Stoops at OU: ESPN.com
December 27, 2009
Stanford was a better fit for ex-Sooner Chase Beeler: The Oklahoman
Defensive back Julian Wilson helps Southmoore live up to hype: The Oklahoman
Bob Stoops has done well against Pac-10 teams: The Oklahoman
Broyles a bright spot for Sooners: Tulsa World
Team pride: The Norman Transcript
Saying goodbye to the '09 season: The Norman Transcript
Welcome to Sun Bowl city: Teams get taste of El Paso hospitality: El Paso Times
Sooners welcomed to Sun City: El Paso Times
Sooners arrive in El Paso today, prepare for Stanford, Gerhart: Examiner.com
December 26, 2009
December 24, 2009
OU's Eric Mensik gets crash course in workings of offensive line: The Oklahoman
December 23, 2009
Year in review: Tulsa World
Another Stoops bowl: 2010 game will pit Bob vs. Mark: The Oklahoman
Sun Bowl to Oklahoman: Drop Dead: The Texas Tribune
December 22, 2009
Is center a jinxed position at Oklahoma this season?: ESPN.com
Stoops' wise Oklahoma proverbs: Tulsa World
December 21, 2009
On Trent Williams playing center:
"I don't know if it's fair to say it's easy. He has worked there through the year just for depth purposes. He is an excellent football player. I know it will give us a major presence wherever he is at, so hopefully it will work."
On Stanford player Chase Beeler:
"He's an excellent young man. He is a great student-athlete in that he does a great job with his academic work. He worked hard here, always had a good attitude coming to practice, technically was sound in how he played, he was still young for us, so he hadn’t fully matured yet but knew he would have a strong future."
On Landry making strides during bowl practices:
"He has done a nice job. He has come on. I feel he has done that through the year. In the end, the extra work with him and the receivers together have made some strides."
On defending Stanford running back Toby Gerhart:
"It isn't just defending Toby Gerhart, its defending the whole package. They do such a great job of moving their formations and their tight ends around, and trying to create seams in space. He has great patience and vision to wait for those seams, and then he has the power and quickness when he does see it to gain yards and break tackles. They do an excellent job. He, in particular, also does a great job running the ball with his size and strength, protecting his legs and gaining yards when they aren’t there."
On Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray's final game together:
"It has been really neat to see just the two of them palling around together. Not just the friendship they have, but how they work together, they push each other. They are genuinely excited to see the other do well. I think it's fair that between the two of them, they have really complemented each other really well. You look a year ago and they are 2,000 yard rushers. That doesn’t happen a lot and its pretty special."
More quotes at SoonerSports.com
Berry Tramel: Sun Bowl is a no-win situation for OU's Bob Stoops: The Oklahoman
McCoy looking forward to NFL: Tulsa World
December 19, 2009
Stills choose Oklahoma: North County Times
Sooners net 4-star recruits Tony Jefferson and Kenny Stills: The Oklahoman
December 18, 2009
A two-time All-American and a consensus pick in 2009, McCoy will participate in graduation ceremonies tonight, then complete his degree in Human Relations with online courses this spring.
"I made the decision around mid-season when I knew that I would have enough credits to graduate," McCoy said. "Graduation was my main goal and once I knew I had that accomplished, I wanted to look at playing in the NFL.
"I loved my experience at OU and I'm going to miss it. I accomplished almost everything I wanted to get done here and it's been very positive with my teammates, the coaches, the fans, everyone."
OU Head Coach Bob Stoops praised McCoy and endorsed his decision to enter the draft.
"Gerald is a great example of how to be a student-athlete," said Stoops. "He came here, took care of his academic responsibilities, invested himself in the lives of others and had a great career on the field. I've never been associated with a young man who was any more impressive than Gerald.
"He is extremely mature, and that fact, along with what he has done academically, makes this decision to enter the draft a good one for him."
The announcement comes before McCoy's final game in a Sooner uniform, the 2009 Brut Sun Bowl versus Stanford on Dec. 31. He insists there are no distractions leading into that contest.
"I'm not worried about any of that right now," McCoy said. "We have a big game to win and for now I am a Sooner."
McCoy, from Oklahoma City, was USA Today's National Defensive Player of the Year after his senior season at Southeast High School. He then redshirted during his freshman season at OU, 2006.
He was Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the year and a freshman All-American by numerous outlets in 2007, while helping the Sooners to the Big 12 championship. He spearheaded another Big 12 championship in 2008 when he was cited as a first-team All-American by The Sporting News.
To date, McCoy has 80 career tackles, including 13.5 sacks and 32 tackles for loss. He also registered two fumbles caused, one fumble recovery, one interception and four pass deflections.
With 39 consecutive starts he has established a school record for defensive tackles.
McCoy's impact off the field matched what he accomplished in uniform. A frequent public speaker, he has participated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the United Way and Meals on Wheels among others, while also speaking out against violence towards women and appearing in juvenile centers, with children's groups, elementary schools and area hospitals.
"You never know who needs to hear something from you that day; who needs some encouragement," McCoy said. "When you are a football player at Oklahoma, some people automatically look up to you. I always felt like it was my duty to do all of those things. God called me to that service."
McCoy hopes to do even more. His mother, Patricia, died before her son began his college career. It had been her dream to open a facility in Oklahoma City to receive those who had been evicted and needed a home.
"I want to help get one of those built in her name," he said. "I also want to be involved with a community center for kids. Children will be my main focus."
McCoy said that he will hire an agent after the bowl game and then begin training in earnest for the NFL Combine.(SoonerSports PR)
An open letter to OU football fans: The Oklahoman
Berry Tramel: OU’s 1981 Sun Bowl heroes have regrets: The Oklahoman
Hometown still supports OU QB Landry Jones: The Oklahoman
Stanford's Beeler ready to face old teammates: San Francisco Chronicle
December 17, 2009
Murray not decided yet: The Norman Transcript
Juarez violence sparks Sun Bowl fears for OU fans: The Oklahoman
Young Guns: Stanford, Oklahoma Lean on Freshman QBs To Reach Sun Bowl: Bleacher Report
December 16, 2009
A town's hero: Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones: El Paso Times
Trading places...With OU's Jeremy Beal: The Oklahoman
December 15, 2009
OU recruits discuss future playing careers in Norman: The Oklahoman
December 14, 2009
OU insider: Job-seeking assistants might have to wait: The Oklahoman
OU's perception at stake in El Paso: Tulsa World
December 13, 2009
December 12, 2009
One of a kind: Toby Gerhart succeeds at a position white players don't play at as much anymore: The Oklahoman
December 11, 2009
A long dry spell at OU, OSU: The Oklahoman
Friday Face-off: Yes, OU will prevail over Stanford in the 2009 Brut Sun Bowl: OUDaily.com
December 10, 2009
OU junior cornerback Dominique Franks to return for senior season: The Oklahoman
December 9, 2009
Sooners' approach to bowl: Sunny: MuskogeePhoenix.com
OU players: Sun Bowl another opportunity for a win: Dallas Morning News
December 8, 2009
Long drive contest: OU football fans going to El Paso: The Oklahoman
OU Insider: Sun Bowl collision coming: The Oklahoman
More Sun Bowl information: The Oklahoman
Quiet contender: Tulsa World
December 7, 2009
Stanford will face Oklahoma in Sun Bowl: ESPN.com
OU, Stanford to Sun Bowl: Tulsa World
Sooners, Stanford headed to El Paso for Sun Bowl: The Norman Transcript
December 6, 2009
"We are excited to invite Stanford University, which has one of the hottest head coaches in the nation in Jim Harbaugh and one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy in Toby Gerhart," said Folmer. "On the other side, how can you ever go wrong with Oklahoma? Everybody in college football would die for an opportunity to have a dynamic head coach like Bob Stoops and Oklahoma play in their bowl game.
Stanford (8-4, 6-3 Pac-10) finished tied for second in the Pac-10 Conference and is the only school to beat league champion Oregon. This is Stanford's third appearance in El Paso, after winning the 1977 and 1996 Sun Bowls.
"Our players, coaches and staff are truly honored to accept the Sun Bowl Committee's invitation," said Harbaugh. "Stanford football is privileged to join the proud tradition of the Sun Bowl and the wonderful people of El Paso. We move forward with humble hearts, unwavering focus and relentless preparation."
Oklahoma (7-5, 5-3 Big 12) finished tied for third in the Big 12 Conference South Division after upending intrastate rival Oklahoma State, 27-0, in the annual Bedlam Game. This is Oklahoma's third appearance in the Sun Bowl, after winning the 1981 and 1993 Sun Bowls.
"We appreciate the invitation from the Brut Sun Bowl and are anxious to make the trip to El Paso. We look forward to a number of our fans being there as well," said Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. "In Stanford we are facing a fine program. Like many others, we have been impressed by the job Coach Harbaugh and his team have done this season and we understand the quality of the opponent we'll be facing."
The 2009 Brut Sun Bowl will mark the fifth time these two teams have meet, but the first time in 25 years. Oklahoma holds a 3-1 lead in the all-time series that spanned from 1978 to 1984.
"We are excited about the matchup and what it means to El Paso," said Bernie Olivas, executive director of the Sun Bowl Association. "Stanford has really caught the nation's attention and Oklahoma is one the nation's premier programs. This should make for an exciting matchup."
Stanford is led by senior running back Toby Gerhart, who leads the nation in total rushing yards with 1,736 yards and scoring with 26 rushing touchdowns. Gerhart is the ninth national rushing yardage leader to participate in the Brut Sun Bowl. Others include LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU), Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State), Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh), Bob Gaiters (New Mexico State), Pervis Atkins (New Mexico State), Jim Crawford (Wyoming), Fred Wendt (UTEP) and Rudy "Little Doc" Mobley (Hardin-Simmons).
Stanford's offense is averaging 441.4 yards per game, which ranks 13th nationally. The Cardinal offense is paced by freshman quarterback Andrew Luck, a native of Houston, who is averaging 244.1 yards per game of total offense. Luck's primary targets are Ryan Whalen and Chris Owusu.
"Stanford University is very proud to be representing the Pacific-10 Conference in the Brut Sun Bowl," said Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby. "This bowl has a rich tradition and I have personally enjoyed several visits to El Paso and the Sun Bowl. We are very excited to be participating in the game with Oklahoma. Coach Stoops and his staff do an exceptional job with their football program and we look forward to the competition. I want to offer my congratulations to Coach Harbaugh, his staff and our football team, especially our seniors, on completing an excellent season. They have all worked hard and are truly deserving of playing in this prestigious bowl game."
Oklahoma is led by freshman quarterback Landry Jones, a native of Artesia, N.M., who is averaging 244.5 yards per game of total offense. The Sooners rank 28th nationally in total offense, averaging 419.4 yards per game. Oklahoma is paced on the ground by the running back tandem of DeMarco Murray (61.6 yards per game) and Chris Brown (58.6 yards per game). Ryan Broyles paces the Sooner receiving corps with 87.6 yards per game, while racking up 142.3 all-purpose yards an outing.
The Sooner defense ranks seventh nationally in total defense (273.5 yards), scoring defense (13.5 points) and rushing defense (88.58). Linebacker Travis Lewis has anchored the defense this year with 100 tackles, while Jeremy Beal has 11 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss this season.
"The Sun Bowl is a game rich in tradition and we appreciate the opportunity to play there. It is known for its first-class treatment of fans and teams. The renovated Sun Bowl Stadium is a scenic place to watch. The setting is picturesque and something our fans will enjoy," said Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione. "Stanford had an outstanding season and we appreciate the quality of their program."
Stanford will be making its 22nd bowl appearance and its first since 2001. The Cardinal are 9-10-1 (.452) in bowl games. This is Oklahoma's 43rd overall bowl appearance and 11th straight under Stoops. The Sooners are 24-17-1 (.600) in bowl games.
The 76th Annual Brut Sun Bowl is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 31 at noon (MST). CBS Sports will broadcast the game for the 42nd consecutive year, which is the longest running partnership between a network and a bowl game. Ticket prices for the game are $15, $20, $30, $40, $50 and $60. (SoonerSports PR)
Stoops again refutes interest in Notre Dame: ESPN.com
Notre Dame football: Erase Stoops from Irish coaching list: WSBT.com
OU seems likely to play in Sun Bowl against Stanford: The Oklahoman
December 5, 2009
Barry Switzer to coach in Iraq: The Oklahoman
OU's presence still felt in title game: Tulsa World
December 3, 2009
December 2, 2009
Previous OU Football Award Winners
December 1, 2009
After rampant rumors of him taking over Notre Dame's head coaching position, Stoops, Oklahoma head coach, publicly addressed the rumors of him becoming Notre Dame's next coach on Monday.
And, Stoops re-affirmed his commitment to the Sooners.
"I'm going to be at Oklahoma next year," Stoops said. "If Joe (Castiglione) will have me and President (David) Boren, that's what I intend to do."
And Stoops, wasn't done. After an on-air report by ESPN's Adam Schefter, saying "Notre Dame is interested in Bob Stoops and the interest is mutual." Bob Stoops quickly shot down that report, "I stand by the comments that I made earlier today. I will be at Oklahoma. Any reporting to the contrary is completely unfounded," Stoops said in a statement.
Sources close to both Stoops and the University of Oklahoma confirmed to GNEXTINC.com his intentions to stay with Oklahoma.
One source close to Bob Stoops confirmed to GNEXTINC.com, negotiations between Stoops and Notre Dame broke off after word of talks leaked publicly. Another source, close to University of Oklahoma, said Stoops assured the University he'd remain Oklahoma's coach.
According to both sources, Stoops and ND talks were held through third parties and never really matured.
Stoops, who grew up as a Midwestern Catholic in Youngstown, Ohio, has long been rumored to Notre Dame's job, even, before Charlie Weis' hiring in 2004.
However, Stoops has turned down numerous jobs, since then, including New York Giants, Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida Gators.
But this time the Irish came strong and fully loaded with millions to offer Stoops and desperate for wins. Notre Dame's faithful and school officials had Stoops atop their wish list and fully willing to offer the house. Though aggressively pursued, Stoops rejected Notre Dame, again.
The Irish will likely turn their head coaching search to TCU's Gary Patterson, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh or Cincinatti's Brian Kelly.