Coach Says He'll Stay with Sooners

Stoops Says He's Not Interested Right Now:
Sooners coach Bob Stoops shot down speculation that he is interested in an NFL head coaching position, according to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News. "There's a time for everybody maybe, if you get those opportunities, and somewhere down the line, that may [be] for me," Stoops said at a press conference in Miami. "I enjoy too much right now what we're doing, the opportunity, the way we're building our program."

Several NFL positions have become available recently, with the Miami Dolphins' job going to LSU coach Nick Saban, who received a contract worth $5 million per season and control over personnel. Stoops resisted advances from the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers in previous season; the Browns job is available again but might not be attractive to Stoops because Carmen Policy -- the team president who, like Stoops, is from Youngstown, Ohio -- is no longer with the club. More at ESPN.com



Wednesday news, notes, and articles

Oklahoma held their first full practice in Miami early Tuesday in preparation for the FedEx Orange Bowl game against Southern California.

The Sooners, who arrived in Miami on Monday, held a 35-play scrimmage with both players and coaches saying it was good to get back in pads and get physical. Monday's practice at Barry University was mostly running and light work.

Articles Around the Nation:
Sooners seek to finish perfect product
Denver Post, CO
Sooners get a heavy workload
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL
Team Is Familiar With This Routine
Los Angeles Times
Similar path for these Sooners
Los Angeles Daily News
Big names won't determine Orange Bowl outcome
USC still studying talented Sooners
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL


Welcome to Miami.... Sooner Nation!

Sooners are in Miami:
Bob Stoops and Company arrived in Miami Monday afternoon. The second-ranked Sooners are back in the Orange Bowl for the 18th time, and again playing for the national title. They'll meet top-ranked Southern California on Jan. 4 for the Bowl Championship Series crown, and started their final preparations by hitting the practice field at Barry University 90 minutes after the plane touched down.

There's Little Separating Orange Bowl Foes USC, Oklahoma
Los Angeles Times
Stoops warns Sooners to beware of South Florida distractions
Palm Beach Post
Oklahoma likes parallels to '00, Orange Bowl
USA Today


Oklahoma St. Mile's Wishes Sooners Well

Oklahoma State Coach Les Mile's recently told the Associated Press: Miles says the rivalry between OU and OSU is one of the best he's been in, but he told The Oklahoman yesterday he'll be rooting for the Sooners on January fourth.

Miles says at this point in the season, he pulls for all of the Big Twelve schools to win their bowl games, including the national title game.


2005 OU Sooner Blog Coming Soon

GNEXTINC.com will soon be introducing our newly designed Oklahoma Sooner Football Blog. Look for more news, rumors, information and in addition to schedules, players, history of the Oklahoma Sooner Football Program. Its all Coming in 2005!


DE Calls USC "Average"

Birdine says USC offense is "Average":
Yahoo College Football Reports: Get the bulletin board ready: Oklahoma defensive end Larry Birdine thinks Southern California's offense is "average." Birdine made that known Tuesday in a series of statements that showed he wasn't all that impressed with the offense the No. 1 Trojans will bring to the Orange Bowl to face the Sooners on Jan. 4. "I feel like they're, I'd say, a one-and-a-half-man team," Birdine said. "I want to respect them just because I have to play them, but then I watch them on tape and everything, and I realize that they're an average team."

BREAKING NEWS, in addition: AP Polls out of BCS; Will not affect this years title game.


Peterson 2nd, White 3rd and Leinart Wins Heisman

Matt Leinart Wins Heisman

Matt Leinart edged out the two Oklahoma teammates Adrian Peterson and last years' Heisman winner Jason White. Peterson, fell short of becoming the first Heisman winner as a freshman. Peterson received 997 overall points, edging out teammate and White (957) for second. Peterson's second-place finish is the best by a freshman. Georgia's Herschel Walker had the previous freshman best when he was third to winner George Rogers of South Carolina, a running back, in 1980. Michael Vick was a redshirt freshman quarterback at Virginia Tech when he was third in 1999.

Leinart received 1,325 points and won all but one of the six voting regions. He came in third in the Southwest, where White led with 263 points and freshman tailback and teammate Adrian Peterson was second with 197.

Leinart and teammate Reggie Bush will face Adrian Peterson, Jason White and Co. in the FedEx Orange Bowl.


White Award Winner List and Heisman Race

White Takes Awards Home:

Senior Quarterback continues to add to his large trophy case. Thursday night he took home the

Maxwell Award as college football's best all-around player and won his second straight Davey O'Brien quarterback trophy. In addition, White captured the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's outstanding quarterback. White, who captured the O'Brien Award and Heisman Trophy last year, has thrown 33 touchdown passes with just six interceptions this season.

The award was named after Davey O'Brien, who led TCU to the 1938 national championship and was the first player to win the Heisman, Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards in one season.

Big XII says No to Dusty Dvoracek

Former Oklahoma lineman Dusty Dvoracek's bid for a medical hardship was denied by the Big 12. He can now appeal to the NCAA, which could grant a waiver allowing him to play next season.

Dvoracek was kicked off the team by coach Bob Stoops in September. After completing an anger-management and alcohol-related program, the defensive tackle appealed to a Big 12 review committee.


BCS USC vs. Oklahoma National Title

The two teams were the 1-2 at the beginning of the year, and they never failed and never faltered. The USC Trojans will host the Oklahoma Sooners in the FedEx Orange Bowl Jan. 04. Both teams feature 2 Heisman hopefuls, USC Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush. Oklahoma relies heavily on last years Heisman winner Jason White and Adrian Peterson.


Gameday: Dr. Pepper Big XII Title Game

Today Oklahoma Sooners can book their ticket to Miami if they get past the final test. Last year the Sooners struggled in the rout against Kansas State Wildcats. This year is different lead by a pair of Heisman contenders in Jason White and freshman Adrian Peterson. The Colorado Buffalo will struggle to stop the high scoring Oklahoma Offense. Colorado is ranked 11th in the pass defense in the Big XII.

Game will be live on ABC 8:00 ET/7:00 local time from Kansas City.


Stoops pay raise and FSU OU rematch in 2010 and '11

Coach Bob Stoops pay raise:
Expect Bob Stoops to get a hefty pay raise to keep him around the University of Oklahoma. Stoops is expected to sign an extension to make him the highest paid coach in college sports, to end all doubts of him leaving Oklahoma.

White another Award?:
Jason White is a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. White looks to capture his second Golden Arm.

Nole's and Sooners Rematch:
The Florida State Seminoles will be traveling to Norman in 2010, in a rematch of the 2000 Orange Bowl. In addition, Florida State will host the Oklahoma Sooners in 2011 in Tallahassee.


Heisman New York News

Oklahoma Quarterback Jason White has been invited to New York for an opportunity to win back to back Heisman trophies. In addition, star freshman running back Adrian Peterson has been sent an invitation. White would be only the second person to win two Heisman’s, also Adrian Peterson would become the first freshman to win the Heisman no one younger then a junior has captured the award.