(2/23) Switzer joins Osborne, and Sooner Football Column

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles

Switzer joins Osborne's team: Barry Switzer and Tom Osborne were fierce college football coaching rivals in the 1970s and '80s. Now they're playing on the same team, trying to get Osborne elected governor of Nebraska. Switzer was the swashbuckler from Oklahoma, the son of a bootlegger who broke Cornhuskers fans' hearts so many times by beating their beloved Big Red. Osborne was the stoic, cerebral coach whose inability to beat Switzer's Sooners led him to emulate his nemesis' offense. After resigning from OU in 1989, Switzer went on to become a Super Bowl champion coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Osborne, after retiring in 1997 with 255 victories, became a three-term congressman. (More at SI.com)

Schmidt improves Sooners with gadgets, hard work: ESPN.com



(2/21) Stoops sends Sutton letter

Stoops sends Cowboys Sutton letter of Congratulations: After Oklahoma State's upset of Texas on Sunday, acting Cowboy basketball coach Sean Sutton received a letter of congratulations and support from Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops. (Tulsa World)


(2/19) Report: TU and OU agree to series

Oklahoma-Tulsa agree to series: Daily Oklahoman via NewsOK.com reports: Oklahoma and Tulsa have verbally agreed on a three-game football series, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said Saturday. OU will play at Tulsa's Skelly Stadium in 2007. Tulsa will play at Owen Field in 2009 and 2011. The contract has not been officially announced, but OU's 2007 schedule also includes home games with Miami and North Texas.

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(2/17) Oklahoma-Miami agree to meet in 2007, 2009

Its Official OU-Miami Set for '07,'09: One of the most intense rivalries in college football in the 1980s is being renewed, as the University of Miami and the University of Oklahoma have signed contracts to play in 2007 and 2009. The two schools made the announcement jointly on Thursday. The Hurricanes will play at Oklahoma on September 8, 2007, and the Sooners will visit the Orange Bowl on September 12, 2009. The games represent a continuance of the marquee match-ups represented on OU schedules of the recent past and near future. The Sooners face both Washington and Oregon in 2006 then go to Washington in 2008. In 2010, Florida State visits Norman before the Sooners return the game in Tallahassee the following year. Negotiations are ongoing for games in 2012 and 2013, but OU will host Tennessee in 2014 before returning to Knoxville in 2015. Since Bob Stoops arrived in 1999, Oklahoma’s regular season non-conference schedule has included two games with Alabama, two games with UCLA and single games, to date, with Oregon, Notre Dame, Louisville and North Carolina. “This is another wonderful series for college football,” said OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione. “The previous match-ups between our two schools have been legendary and we have great respect for the Miami program. We also cherish our history with the Miami area, something that is significant not only to our athletics program, but to Sooner fans everywhere.” Miami athletics director Paul Dee echoed Castiglione’s sentiments. "Each of us has won a national title since 2000,” he said. “This will be a great series played by two of college football's legendary teams. I'm pleased that the new 12-game schedule has allowed the playing of this game and several others which we have scheduled." Miami leads the all-time series between the two, 3-2. The Sooners claimed wins in 1974 and 1975 before the ‘Canes reeled off triumphs from 1985-87. The 1986 and 1987 games featured No. 1 Oklahoma against No. 2 Miami. One of the two programs has been ranked for all five of the previous meetings. (Sooner Sports Release)

'Canes, Sooners to face off in 2007, 2009: ESPN.com


(2/10) ESPN to televise Red/White game

ESPN to televise Red/White game: The University of Oklahoma has reached an agreement with ESPN to televise live the Sooners' 2006 Red/White Spring Football Game. Kickoff for the April 8 event has been set at 1 p.m. OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione made the announcement Wednesday. “We have experienced tremendous national media interest in our football program over the past seven years and it is gratifying for us to see the respect manifest itself in other ways" Castiglione said. "We appreciate ESPN's continued interest in our university and the progress of our student-athletes. Sooner fans everywhere are excited about the upcoming football season and this unique venture helps us provide a bit of a 'sneak preview' of the prospects for the 2006 season as well as showcase our entire university to millions of people across the country." It will mark ESPN's second visit to the OU spring game. In 2003, ESPN's spring tour was in Norman when the College GameDay crew of Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit were on hand to represent SportsCenter. (SoonerSports Release)

Some feel sidelined in Cotton Bowl talks: Dallas Morning News


(2/8) Oklahoma ranks #2

Who's among ranks among best in the nation? CBS Sportsline's Dennis Dodd ranks NCAA's top Football and Basketball programs, Oklahoma lands in second, see who ranks ahead of the Sooners. (Field goals abound with these top programs)


(2/7) Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles

Stoops makes coaching moves: The Oklahoman

OU completes 2006 schedule: The Oklahoman

Bedlam moved back to Thanksgiving: Norman Transcript

Stoops brings in Northwetern's Patton to coach the line: Norman Transcript

Bedlam date changed: Tulsa World

O-line coach leaves NU, takes job at Oklahoma (Football): Daily Northwestern

Stoops shakes up OU staff: Dallas Morning News


(2/6) Sooners '06 schedule released and Patton added to staff

2006 University of Oklahoma Football Schedule released: Two games against teams from the Pacific-10 Conference highlight the non-conference portion of the 12-game 2006 University of Oklahoma football schedule that was announced today by OU Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. The Sooners will host Washington on Sept. 9 and then travel to Oregon on Sept. 16. It will mark the third consecutive season in which OU has played the Ducks, including last season's Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at San Diego. It also marks the fifth consecutive season in which Oklahoma played at least one game against a team from the Pac-10. Oklahoma opens the season Sept. 2 against Alabama-Birmingham, then, after the two games against Pac-10 schools, completes its non-conference slate by hosting Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 23. For a sixth straight season, OU will play a schedule comprised solely of NCAA Division I-A programs. In Big 12 Conference play, Oklahoma has its regular menu of games against the Big 12 South, but rotates into three new opponents from the North Division. The North foes this year include Iowa State at Norman on Oct. 14, Colorado at Norman on Oct. 21 and Missouri at Columbia on Oct. 28. In each of the last two seasons, OU's North Division foes were Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska. There is one open date on the schedule, Sept. 30. On earlier schedules, that was the date for the Oklahoma at Oklahoma State game, but that contest has been moved to Nov. 25 to meet the requirements of the Big 12 Conference television agreement. (Sooner Sports Release) 2006 Sooner Football Schedule

Oklahoma adds Patton to staff: James Patton, the offensive line coach at Northwestern for the last five years, has been named to the same position at the University of Oklahoma. OU head coach Bob Stoops made that announcement Monday. Stoops announced other moves on the Sooner staff, as well. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, the offensive line coach for the last four years, will now coach tight ends and fullbacks. Kevin Sumlin, the tight ends coach for the last three seasons, will now coach the receivers and add the titles of co-offensive coordinator and passing game coordinator. (SoonerSports.com)


(2/2) The Class of 2006

Another highly rated class signs with OU: SoonerSports.com (Complete 2006 Recruiting Class)

McCoy has high expectations to meet: The Oklahoman

Linemen are key to OU's class: The Oklahoman

Gresham wants to get the ball at OU: The Oklahoman

OU makes in-state, signing-day haul: Tulsa World (Sub)

Hard work pays off for Madu: Norman Transcript

Sooners close well on signing day: Norman Transcript

OU football signs cream of crop: Oklahoma Daily

Real McCoy, real Sooner: Muskogee Daily Phoenix

Sooners close well on signing day: Cushing Daily Citizen

Breaking down the Oklahoma class: Dallas Morning News

Closing push lands Sooners in top 10: Houston Chronicle


(2/1) Oklahoma Recruiting Class '06 Includes McCoy

Southeast's McCoy commits to Oklahoma: Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, one of the top-rated prospects in the nation, signed Wednesday to play college football at Oklahoma. McCoy, USA Today's defensive player of the year, made his announcement during a morning news conference at Southeast High School. He had previously narrowed his list of college choices to Oklahoma and Southern California, and he also considered Louisiana State until late in the recruiting process. McCoy brought a bag containing two baseball caps to the news conference. The first cap he pulled out of the bag and put on his head was blue. It was a Southeast High hat, prompting nervous laughter from those attending the announcement. Then he reached into the bag and pulled out a crimson Oklahoma hat, bringing raucous cheers from the audience. ``I grew up an OU fan, so I've always loved them,'' McCoy said. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound tackle is ranked as the top high-school player in the nation at his position by two major recruiting Web sites, Rivals.com and Scout.com. He was also on first-team All-America lists produced by USA Today, Parade and Student Sports. Another prominent Oklahoma recruit, wide receiver Jermaine Gresham of Ardmore, also signed with the Sooners, after narrowing his choices to Oklahoma and Miami. Gresham, an All-America selection by Student Sports and Parade, caught 70 passes for 1,185 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior. (NCAA Football)

Backs seek shot to star for Sooners: The Oklahoman

McCoy makes home fans happy by picking Oklahoma: USA Today

OU signs two top prospects: Tulsa World (Subscription)