July 31, 2008

Stoops Aware of Jarboe Video

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Josh Jarboe can't rapStoops offers no comment on Jarboe video: After the Josh Jarboe rap/freestyle spread like wildfire, The Oklahoman reports, Coach Bob Stoops is on top of it.

From.. The Oklahoman
OU spokesman Kenny Mossman said coach Bob Stoops is aware of the video and that the matter would be handled internally.
It's not much, but at least Coach Stoops is aware of our resident Lil' Wayne..

Who ya got? Lil Wayne or Josh Jarboe?

Switzer to appear on hit television series

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Reminder single-game tickets on sale tomorrow!! Single-game tickets first go on sale Friday morning, Aug. 1, at 12 a.m. on SoonerSports.com. At 8 a.m., tickets will be available by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-GoOU or (405) 325-2424. Walk-up sales begin at 10 a.m. at the OU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the plaza level of the Asp Avenue Parking Facility immediately west of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (SoonerSports PR)

Switzer to appear on TNT's "Saving Grace": [Barry] Switzer will play himself on the Aug. 11 episode of "Saving Grace," the TNT drama that is set in Oklahoma City and stars Holly Hunter as a troubled police detective who is counseled by an angel. "It's over the top," Switzer said. "Holly Hunter's pretty sexy. A rogue. It's about saving a girl that's lost." Switzer obviously knows more about the premise than I do. I haven't seen "Saving Grace," beyond a couple of clips. (The Oklahoman)

Video shows OU freshman rapping about weapons: The Oklahoman

OU wants to save its best game for last: Austin American-Statesman

Sooners ranked No. 2 on Tucson writers AP ballot: Tucson Citizen

Is the Big 12 the nation's toughest conference?: ESPN.com

July 30, 2008

(7/30) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU coaching staff visits Saints camp: University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops stood on the sidelines chatting it up with New Orleans coach Sean Payton during kickoff drills. Stoops and a few members of his staff will be at Millsaps [College] over the next few days to watch the Saints practice and sit in on coaches meetings. "If college coaches aren't coming that means they're not really interested in studying what you're doing. So that's not a good thing," Saints coach Sean Payton said. (Alexandria Town Talk)

Greatest wins of the 2000s -- No. 4: SoonerSports.com

Some feud for thought on cupcake schedules: The Oklahoman

Chaney is OU's Mr. Fantasy: Tulsa World

The Big 12 loves to hate the Longhorns: ESPN.com

Josh Jarboe is back! This time freestyling!!

The controversial 2008 Oklahoma recruit, Josh Jarboe is back at it again after being arrested on gun charges in March. This time freestyling about everything from Atlanta, dreads, and AKS!! It's nothing poetic, nor idea for someone to freestyle about guns [then upload it to YouTube] after their recent past. Luckily for Jarboe in this red-state of Oklahoma, we like our guns, too!

UPDATED: Coach Stoops aware of video
UPDATE 2: Josh Jarboe dismissed at OU, reaction and his earlier transgression at OU

Discretion Advised


"i'll shoot ya ass up like a damn pool table."

Ya hear?

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'08 signee Josh Jarboe arrested
Details of Jarboe arrest released
Stoops reaction to arrest
Jarboe still planning to attend OU
Felony charges against Jarboe dropped

OU Player's Video Pulled From YouTube: KOCO TV
Josh Jarboe Is NOT Malcolm Kelly: Red Dirt Kings

July 29, 2008

OU Single-Game tickets go on sale Friday

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU single-game tickets available August 1st: Catch the defending back-to-back Big 12 champion Sooner football team during the 2008 season! Single-game tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 1 at midnight on SoonerSports.com. At 8 a.m., tickets will be available by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-GoOU or (405) 325-2424. Walk-up sales begin at 10 a.m. at the OU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the plaza level of the Asp Avenue Parking Facility immediately west of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. Prices range from $49-$87 based on the game desired. (SoonerSports PR)

Former Sooners get feet wet in NFL camps: Yahoo! Sports

Which School has the Richest Tradition? Bleacher Report

English out indefinitely after surgery

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

English has emergency appendectomy; expected back by season-opener: Preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year Auston English is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery for an emergency appendectomy last weekend in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma sports information director Kenny Mossman said Monday that OU doctors believe English will be ready for the Sooners' opener Aug. 30 against Chattanooga. The Sooners begin preseason team practices next Monday. "The operation is already a week old and he's begun his recuperation," Mossman said. "Our trainers think he can make a complete recovery and be ready for the opening game of the season." (ESPN.com)

July 28, 2008

(7/28) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Johnson comfortable with move outside: With Malcolm Kelly's early departure to the NFL, Oklahoma has been experimenting with different combinations at receiver. One of those includes sliding senior Manuel Johnson from the slot to wide receiver alongside Juaquin Iglesias. "I like playing outside a tremendous amount," Johnson said. "I'll get a few more touches there." That will also allow offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson to plug potential playmaker Ryan Broyles some in the slot. Broyles impressed during the spring before suffering a broken collarbone. When Johnson is outside, expect Wilson to also put the ball in the hands of running back DeMarco Murray and tight end Jermaine Gresham out of the slot, which won't help the cause of defensive coordinators around the league. (The Oklahoman)

Watts' powerful message rekindles Olympic spirit: The Oklahoman

McCoy has a tip for Bradford: The Oklahoman

2008 Season Preview -- Missouri: Tulsa World

Tigers try to build on last year's 12-2 season: Tulsa World

Big 12 has some big guns: Norman Transcript

July 27, 2008

Tickets Available for Annual Coach's Luncheon

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Limited tickets available for 2008 Annual Coach's Luncheon: The 2008 Annual Coach's Luncheon, featuring University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops and his coaching staff, will benefit Norman's Secret Santa Program and assist in providing gifts to more than 750 boys and girls in protective custody care of the Department of Human Services' Child Welfare Unit. The luncheon is scheduled 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at Journey Church, and tickets are still available, organizers said. "This event is an annual tradition for the Norman community. Coach Stoops and his staff will outline their plans for the 2008 Sooner football season while promoting a level of excitement that only Sooner football can produce," said Janet Richison of the Citizens Advisory Board of Cleveland County.(Norman Transcript) Individual tickets must be purchased in advance for $25. No tickets available at the door!

Equipment staff gets OU geared up: SoonerSports.com

Best and worst of the Big 12 schedules: The Oklahoman

Ranking the Big 12 games: The Oklahoman

Big 12 scheduling cruising in neutral: The Oklahoman

Stoops still among coaching elite: Austin American-Statesman

Big 12 Football Media Days -- Ranking the teams 1-12: Tulsa World

Plethora of passers in Big 12: Tulsa World

Rating the Big 12's Quarterbacks: Tulsa World

Big 12 South teams face key questions: Dallas Morning News

July 26, 2008

Big 12 not so much in the Big Leagues

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

ACC proposes standardizing injury reports; Big 12 not interested: For background, the ACC this season has recommended that its teams disclose injuries twice a week. An announcement every Monday would disclose season-ending injuries and upcoming surgeries. A Thursday report would be the standard NFL report: out, doubtful, questionable, probable. There is no penalty for noncompliance. Big 12 policy leaves the reporting of injuries up to each school's discretion, and most of them choose to keep quiet, including Kansas. "There's two sides to that story. Some will tell you if you release injury reports, it keeps undesirables from infiltrating your program to get inside information," KU coach Mark Mangino said. "That could happen. The other thing is, where I stand on it is, the only people who really want to know about injuries are your opponents and gamblers, and why would we want to give it to them?" Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is another who sides with Mangino. He shares the same concerns about gambling, but also worries about his players' health. "It's not professional sports," Stoops said. "If the young guy was out there playing for his school and has no chance of playing in the NFL and he has a bad ankle, why should everybody know going into the game to pick on this guy? They may figure it out in the first quarter, but let them figure it out. "I agree that if a guy for sure is not going to play, then I'm all for letting people know that." (More at Topeka Capital Journal)

Dream Big 12 non-conference matchups: ESPN.com

July 25, 2008

(7/25) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Murray looks ready for 2008: ESPN.com

Tim's mailbag: Big 12 fans weigh in: ESPN.com

Stoops is a survivor: Lincoln Journal-Star

Brown high on Bradford: Statesman Blog

Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops is in search of a big game: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

July 24, 2008

Sooners Injury Update

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Here at the Oklahoma injuries updated at Big 12 media days in Kansas City..

Adron Tennell injury update; Stoops undecided on red-shirt: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops gave an update on junior receiver Adron "Pooh" Tennell of Irving on Wednesday at Big 12 football media days in Kansas City. Tennell, a backup a year ago, tore an ACL in the Sooners' 34-27 loss at Texas Tech late last season. He had surgery and didn't participate in spring practices while he was still recovering. About a month ago, Tennell had a minor setback when he tweaked the injured knee while working out. "He's doing well, still developing and working off that knee injury," Stoops said. Stoops said he's not sure if Tennell will be red-shirted this season. "Right now, I would say no," Stoops said, "but we'll see how he does when we get back." (Dallas Morning News)

DeMarco Murray expected back soon: Bob Stoops said he expects Sooners running back DeMarco Murray, who missed spring drills recuperating from a dislocated kneecap, to be ready when camp opens. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Stoops happy with tenure at Oklahoma

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Will Stoops coach another 10-years at OU? NFL in the future? "I don't know, we'll see," Stoops said. "I love what I do. And it's not very often you are with the same president and athletic director for me. I'm very fortunate to work with President Boren and Joe. It's exciting to go to work every day and I love what we're doing. So I could see it, yeah. But you never know what the world gives you." Having three adolescent children kept the NFL from being an attractive opportunity earlier in his career. But Stoops said that could be amended as they grow older. "Who knows? It's not something that today is really intriguing to me with the age of my children and what we're doing right now," Stoops said. "But life changes as you go. You never know what comes." (ESPN.com)

Sooners already thinking about the end: Norman Transcript

Thinking about last game first a fine idea: Norman Transcript

Internet lies bug Stoops: Norman Transcript

Stoops defends Sooners' performance in recent big games: The Oklahoman

Stoops, Brown working on a rivalry for the ages: The Oklahoman

Stoops addresses bowl games, Murray, the internet: The Oklahoman

OU's Stoops addresses media: Tulsa World

OU's Bradford garners praise from coaches, peers: Tulsa World

Stoops says administrative consistency pays off: Tulsa World

Sooners working to forget BCS busts: Tulsa World

Oklahoma's no-huddle offense isn't ready just yet: Dallas Morning News

Oklahoma determined to have a strong finish: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Sooners see nothing funny about fake Internet story: Austin American-Statesman

Oklahoma focuses on finishing strong: Kansas City Star

Whatever happened to "Big Game Bob"?: ESPN.com

Stoops alters offense but isn't bothered by big-game setbacks: Topeka Capital-Journal

Players put success on Stoops: Boulder Daily Camera

Stoops, OU look to regain big-game reputation: Lincoln Journal-Star

Returning players have Sooners favored: The Daily Texan

Bowl struggles undercut Stoops's reputation: New York Times

Stoops, Oklahoma seek happy ending, postseason glory: USA Today

Oklahoma tries to shake bowl meltdown: Sporting News

July 23, 2008

Big 12 Media Day: OU Quotes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bob Stoops Big 12 Media Day quotes:

Opening statement:
"It's great to be here again. The players we brought are Jon Cooper, starting offensive center, a senior and four-year starter for us; Manuel Johnson, senior wide receiver and also a four-year starter for us. Last year Manny was probably one of the most valuable players of the game three or four times and has consistently done a great job for us. And then defensively, senior safety Nic Harris, who is also a two-year starter and a part-time starter as a freshman. He was an All Big 12 guy a year ago and one of the leaders on our defense.

"I'm excited to be starting my 10th season. I would also like to note that in those 10 years I've had the same president and the same athletics director and that's really special. I feel very fortunate to have had the success we have had and work with the people we have and a great group of players. You'll hear from three of them here representing the team at some point today. So thanks again."

Q. On having three of his former assistants now being head coaches in the Big 12:

COACH STOOPS: "It's exciting. Those guys are all good friends. As everyone knows, I've been one of those head coaches where I'm probably closer to my assistants maybe than some. I pull for them and I'm happy for them and they're doing a great job. It's exciting to see guys go on and have those kind of opportunities. It's challenging because they're all good coaches, but I'm still excited for them."

Q. Would you like to see the Big 12 standardize the release of injury information?

COACH STOOPS: It probably would be easier for everybody. You know, in the end, the other dynamic in that is the more you do that -- I'm always leery that we protect college sports from gambling and wagering. And in the end that's pretty much all that matters. That's why everybody wants to know. And in the end I don't know that we need to do that. And the other thing, I think we -- it's not professional sports. If the young guy was out there playing for his school and has no chance of playing in the NFL and he has a bad ankle, why should everybody know going into the game we're going to pick on this guy. They may figure it out in the first quarter, but make them figure it out. So, anyway, I don't know. You're trying to protect a young guy who is trying to play, so why broadcast how truly injured he is if he's going to be out there playing. I agree that if a guy for sure is not going to play, then I'm all for letting people know that.

Q. What's DeMarco Murray's status and what he will mean for you guys this year?

COACH STOOPS: DeMarco, he's recovered well, when I've seen him coming in the training room and rehabbing his knee, he says it feels great. I ask him, "How are you running?" He says, "Coach, I'm doing everything. I feel great running, I feel super." So according to him and our trainers, everything is on schedule and he looks great.

For more Big 12 Media Day quotes CLICK HERE

Stoops addresses bowl games, Murray, the Internet: The Oklahoman

Sooners Head to Big 12 Media Day

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooners at Big 12 Media Day
Representing OU will be Head Coach Bob Stoops; OL Jon Cooper, DB Nic Harris, WR Manual Johnson

No television coverage mentioned, video available at Big12sports.com

English on Hendricks watch list:
Oklahoma defensive end Auston English continues to receive preseason recognition. The week after being chosen the Big 12's preseason defensive player of the year, English has been named to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks award. The honor is presented annually to the top defensive end in college football. (Tulsa World)

A former OU quarterback gives back: Tulsa World Sports Extra

Big 12 defenses make stopping The Spread a priority: The Oklahoman

July 22, 2008

Pair of TX Cornerbacks Verbally Commit to OU

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Defensive backs Jones and Trice commit to Oklahoma: The Sooners secured pledges from Marshall's Darius Jones and Mesquite's Marcus Trice, according to SoonerScoop.com. OU has 16 commitments in a class that so far tilts heavily to defense. To date, 11 of the commitments are projected for the defensive side of the ball. Jones is actually listed among the nation's top "athletes." For good reason. Jones has played quarterback and wide receiver during his two seasons at Marshall High in Texas, yet is being recruited as a cornerback by the Sooners. (The Oklahoman)

Greatest wins of the 2000s -- No. 5: SoonerSports.com

Missouri stars want rematch with OU in title game: Tulsa World

Big 12 Media Day Blog: ESPN

North catching up good news for Sooners: The Norman Transcript

Castiglione a Class Act: Big Red Network

How Bob Stoops and Oklahoma Can Mend a Broken Tradition: Bleacher Report

July 21, 2008

(7/21) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Cotton Bowl to expand seating capacity to 92,000: New upper deck bowls being added to the Cotton Bowl's end zones will increase the stadium's seating capacity from 76,000 to about 92,000 this year, the highlight of a better than $50 million renovation project expected to be completed by October. That means on Oklahoma's side of the stadium, 8,000 more tickets will be available; they will be sold to fans based on the Sooner Club's point system. "We pushed the new seats as far forward as possible to maximize fan visibility,” said State Fair of Texas president Errol McKoy. "The end zone seats are really going to be great seats.” The Cotton Bowl also has added new restrooms and concession stands, particularly in the end zones, as well as three new entrance and exit gates to deal with long lines in and out of the stadium. "I think the renovations are going to create a huge positive in people's attitudes about the Cotton Bowl,” McKoy said. (The Oklahoman)

Salaries for assistant coaches skyrocketing: The Oklahoman

OU defensive line deep, talented: The Oklahoman

Ranking the Big 12's defensive lines: The Oklahoman

Big 12 assistant coaches' pay by job: The Oklahoman

Big 12 head coaching contracts: The Oklahoman

Big 12 buzz is heading North: Kansas City Star

July 19, 2008

OU's Brahaney among Hall of Fame Inductees

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Brahaney to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame: On his way to South Bend, Ind., this weekend, Tom Brahaney felt as if he was playing college football again. "It was like I was going to a football game," Brahaney said. "It made me feel real sentimental." Today, the two-time All-America center at Oklahoma is one of 14 men who will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Brahaney anchored the OU offensive line in 1971 and 1972 as the Sooners transitioned to the wishbone offense, a dynasty that would last almost 20 years. In the 1971 "Game of the Century," which the Sooners lost to Nebraska 35-31, Brahaney squared off in one of the game's most memorable matchups against Outland Trophy winner Rich Glover, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995. (The Oklahoman) No word if this event will be televised at a later date.

OU's Brahaney to be inducted: Tulsa World

Team preview: Oklahoma: Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook on ESPN.com

July 18, 2008

Bradford named to O'Brien Award watch list

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sam Bradford named to Davey O'Brien Award watch list: Oklahoma's Sam Bradford is one of just 31 Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks named to the Davey O'Brien Award Watch List that was announced today. The award honors the top quarterback in college football. Bradford, who will be a sophomore in the 2008 campaign, led the nation in passing efficiency last season as a redshirt freshman. He fired 36 touchdown passes, an NCAA record for freshmen, against just eight interceptions. On the season, the Oklahoma City native completed 237-of-341 passes for 3,121 yards. Watch List candidates were selected by a subset of the National Selection Committee and approved by the Davey O'Brien Executive Committee. Semifinalists will be announced October 27; finalists November 24. This prestigious award focuses on accomplishments both on and off the field. The Selection Committee is asked to evaluate all candidates on their quarterback skills and athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship. (SoonerSports PR)

OU releases scoreboard renderings: SoonerSports.com

Stoops to speak at breakfast focusing on diabetes program: The Oklahoman

Media pick Sooners' English for Big 12 honor: The Oklahoman

Sooner is named preseason defensive player of the year: Tulsa World

White enjoys new role as mentor: Tulsa World

July 17, 2008

English Tabbed Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of Year

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Big 12 media names six Sooners in preseason all-conference team: Missouri senior quarterback Chase Daniel of Southlake Carroll was named Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Oklahoma junior defensive end Auston English was selected Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Colorado freshman running back Darrell Scott was chosen Preseason Newcomer of the Year in a Big 12 Conference media poll. (Big 12)

2008 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team (Media Vote)

Offensive Player of the Year: Chase Daniel, Missouri (QB, 6-0, 225, Sr/3L, Southlake, Texas)

Defensive Player of the Year: Auston English, Oklahoma (DE, 6-3, 257, Jr/1L, Canadian, Texas)

Newcomer of the Year: Darrell Scott, Colorado (TB, 6-2, 215, Fr/HS, Ventura, Calif.)


Pos; Name; School; Ht.; Wt.; Cl./Exp.; Hometown

WR; Michael Crabtree*; Texas Tech; 6-3; 206; So./1L; Dallas
TE; Chase Coffman; Missouri; 6-6; 245; Sr./3L; Peculiar, Mo.
OL; Duke Robinson; Oklahoma; 6-5; 330; Sr./3L; Atlanta, Ga.
OL; Phil Loadholt; Oklahoma; 6-8; 350; Sr./1L; Fountain, Colo.
C; Jon Cooper; Oklahoma; 6-2; 285; Sr./3L; Fort Collins, Colo.
OL; Louis Vasquez; Texas Tech; 6-6; 335; Sr./3L; Corsicana, Texas
OL; Colin Brown; Missouri; 6-8; 325; Sr./3L; Braymer, Mo.
OL; Cedric Dockery; Texas; 6-4; 315; Sr./3L; Garland, Texas
WR; Jeremy Maclin; Missouri; 6-1; 200; So./1L; Kirkwood, Mo.
QB; Chase Daniel; Missouri; 6-0; 225; Sr./3L; Southlake, Texas
RB; Marlon Lucky; Nebraska; 6-0; 215; Sr./3L; North Hollywood, Calif.
RB; DeMarco Murray; Oklahoma; 6-0; 191; So./1L; Las Vegas, Nev.
PK; Jeff Wolfert; Missouri; 6-2; 185; Sr./2L; Overland Park, Kan.
KR; Marcus Herford; Kansas; 6-3; 208; Sr./3L; DeSoto, Texas


Pos; Name; School; Ht.; Wt.; Cl./Exp.; Hometown

DL; Auston English; Oklahoma; 6-3; 257; Jr./1L; Canadian, Texas
DL; Ian Campbell; Kansas State; 6-5; 249; Sr./3L; Cimarron, Kan.
DL; George Hypolite; Colorado; 6-1; 285; Sr./3L; Los Angeles, Calif.
DL; Brian Orakpo; Texas; 6-4; 260; Sr./3L; Houston, Texas
LB; Sean Weatherspoon; Missouri; 6-1; 235; Jr./2L; Jasper, Texas
LB; Joe Mortenson; Kansas; 6-1; 250; Sr./3L; Concord, Calif.
LB; Joe Pawelek; Baylor; 6-3; 236; Jr./2L; San Antonio, Texas
DB; Nic Harris; Oklahoma; 6-3; 226; Sr./3L; Alexandria, La.
DB; William Moore; Missouri; 6-1; 230; Sr./3L; Hayti, Mo.
DB; Jamar Wall; Texas Tech; 5-10; 196; Jr./2L; Plainview, Texas
DB; Jordan Lake; Baylor; 6-2; 206; Jr./2L; Houston, Texas
P; Justin Brantly; Texas A&M; 6-3; 241; Sr./3L; Sealy, Texas
PR; Jeremy Maclin; Missouri; 6-1; 200; So./1L; Kirkwood, Mo.

* Denotes unanimous choice.

Four-Star Quarterback Chooses Illinois over OU

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Scheelhaase verbally commits to Illinois: Oklahoma is still looking for a quarterback from the Class of 2009. Four-star dual-threat quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase of Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst announced on a Kansas City TV station Wednesday evening that he is going to Illinois. Scheelhaase chose the Fighting Illini over Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Last month, the Sooners lost out on two quarterbacks: Josh Nunes, who is heading to Tennessee, and Jacob Karam, who committed to Texas Tech. The Sooners currently have three quarterbacks on scholarship in starter Sam Bradford, senior Joey Halzle and true freshman Landry Jones.(The Oklahoman)

July 16, 2008

OU Favored in Big 12 Media Preseason Poll

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU, Mizzou favorites in Big 12 preseason poll: Missouri and Oklahoma were picked to repeat as division champions in 2008 in a preseason poll of media that cover the Big 12 Conference. Missouri was the unanimous choice of 51 voters to win the North division. The team returns 17 starters off of last year's 12-2 squad that tied with Kansas for the North title and made its first appearance in the Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship. The Tigers ended the 2007 season with a win over Arkansas in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, their fourth consecutive bowl appearance. Mizzou finished fifth nationally in total offense (490.3 ypg), ninth in passing offense (314.1 ypg) and eighth in scoring offense (39.9 ppg) a year ago. Kansas was chosen to finish second followed by Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas State and Iowa State. Oklahoma received all but two first-place votes as the favorite to win the South division. The Sooners welcome back 11 starters from their 2007 Big 12 Championship squad. OU has won five league titles in six appearances, both conference records, and last season became the first team to win consecutive Big 12 championships. Oklahoma finished at 11-3 in 2007, registering at least 10 victories for a nation-leading 30th season. Texas was picked to place second followed by Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor. (Big XII)

Big 12 media poll

(1st place votes) total points


1. Missouri, (51) 306

2. Kansas, 234

3. Nebraska, 183

4. Colorado, 181

5. Kansas State, 108

6. Iowa State, 59


1.Oklahoma, (49) 304

2. Texas, (2) 230

3. Texas Tech, 227

4. Oklahoma State, 140

5. Texas A&M, 118

6. Baylor, 52

NCAA 09's simulated season crowns Sooners national champ: The Oklahoman

The Stoops era in one column: Norman Transcript

Sooners have the goods to win NCAA title: Fox Sports

OU has Frank Broyles to than for The King: Tulsa World

Forner Sooners visit Tahlequah: Tahlequah Daily News

OU Season Opener Set for 6 P.M. Kickoff

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma-UT Chattanooga season opener available on pay-per-view: The University of Oklahoma's season-opening football game against Tennessee-Chattanooga will be available on a pay-per-view basis through FOX SportsNet. The kickoff has been set for 6 p.m., on Aug. 30. Details pertaining to subscriptions and available viewing areas will be coming in the next few weeks according to OU Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione. He indicated that the format for the game will be similar to other FOX-OU pay-per-view ventures that have aired in recent seasons. (SoonerSports.com)

July 15, 2008

Suit Filed Against Fan in Fake Story

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

The Oklahoman sues Nebraska fan over bogus story: The Oklahoma Publishing Co. and a sportswriter Monday sued a Nebraska football fan who admitted creating a fake Internet article about two University of Oklahoma quarterbacks. The publishing company is a leading provider of news and information in Oklahoma through its newspaper, The Oklahoman, and Web site, NewsOK.Com. OPUBCO and sportswriter Jake Trotter sued James W. Conradt, the alleged perpetrator of the hoax, in federal court in Oklahoma City. The 10-count civil lawsuit accuses Conradt of libel, copyright violations and trademark infringements. The lawsuit claims Conradt used Oklahoman staff writer Jake Trotter's byline and various OPUBCO trademarks to give the bogus Internet article the appearance of legitimacy. Conradt placed Trotter in a false light and damaged his reputation and occupation by publishing the story, the lawsuit alleges. (More at The Oklahoman)

Greatest wins of the 2000s -- No. 6: SoonerSports.com

Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American (1979-1983): Crimson and Cream Machine

July 14, 2008

(7/14) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Greatest wins of the 2000s -- No. 6: SoonerSports.com

New items in OU's athletics auction: SoonerSports.com

"UT employee's hoax not surprising, given previous comments": The Daily Texan

The numbers don't lie: Washington Times

July 13, 2008

Redskins Sign WR Malcolm Kelly

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Washington and Kelly agree to four-year deal: The Washington Redskins completed negotiations with two more draft picks, agreeing to terms with wide receiver Malcolm Kelly -- one of three big receivers they selected in the second round -- and punter Durant Brooks. With training camp scheduled to begin in a week, only three of the Redskins' 10 draft picks are without an agreement. Kelly's deal is for four years and $3.36 million, which includes $1.655 million guaranteed, according to a source familiar with the negotiations who asked not to be identified because a contract has not been signed. (Washington Post)

Football season not a good time to double date: Tulsa World

Redskins reach terms with Kelly: The Oklahoman

Sooners' line an offensive bunch: The Oklahoman

Preseason mags take a look at Sooners: Norman Transcript

Hoops could give Sooner football a run: Norman Transcript

July 11, 2008

Meet the Sooners!!

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Meet the Sooners Scheduled August 6: The annual Meet the Sooners Day presented by Alltel has been set for August 6, 2008, at the rugby fields west of the Lloyd Noble Center. The event, which is highlighted by Oklahoma football coaches and players signing autographs, draws thousands of fans to Norman each year. Members of the OG&E Sooner Kids Club are admitted to Meet the Sooners Day 30 minutes before the general public. Sooner Kids Club members will have exclusive access to autographs from 10:30-11 a.m., at which time the lines will open to all fans. One parent per Sooner Kids Club member is allowed in the early line and fans are allowed one item per person to be autographed. (More information can be found at SoonerSports.com)

Creator of phony story.. works at University of Texas: The Nebraska football fan living in Austin, Texas, is a computing services manager in the information technology department at the University of Texas. Wednesday, the 36-year-old Conradt wrote a bogus article about Bradford and Jones being arrested on cocaine distribution charges, then posted it on a message board. At least two Texas radio stations initially reported the fake incident as fact as the hoax spread across the Internet. Both Kevin Jones, Landry's father, and David Thompson, publisher of The Oklahoman, are considering legal action. Following an investigation, University of Texas officials concluded Thursday that Conradt didn't use a company computer or company time to create the article. In 2005, Conradt, known on the Web by his screen name "DarthHusker," was featured in an article by the Lincoln Journal Star about the rising impact of message boards and their potential danger. "I think anonymity brings out the worst in people. There are no consequences for saying what you say," Conradt told the Star then. "New people come along all the time and are naive and believe too much of what they read. "A lot of people just post stuff to stir the pot." (The Oklahoman)

Thunander to visit Shawnee Library: Former OU defensive end Eric Thunander will visit the Pioneer Library System hometown libraries in Pottawatomie County to discuss his recently released autobiography "Silent Thunder." He will speak at the Shawnee Public Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, Monday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. and at the Tecumseh Public Library, 114 N. Broadway, Tuesday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. Thunander, a member of the 2000 National Championship team, was one of only a few deaf athletes to play at the Division I level at the time. "Silent Thunder" chronicles the path that took him from a childhood of chronic abuse, unimaginable tragedy, and foster care to find acceptance and a family at the University of Oklahoma. (Tecumseh Countywide News)

Hoax man seems pitiful: Barry Tramel's NewsOK.com blog

Author of fake OU story in hot water: Tulsa World

Redskins draft pick Malcolm Kelly receives insight in Liberia: Tyler Morning Telegraph

Pelini, Stoops reconnect at Alma Mater: KETV.com

Former OU player shares his story: Enid News and Eagle

Big 12 South is best this season: Bleacher Report

July 10, 2008

Nebraska Fan Busted in Internet Hoax

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bogus internet posting of OU drug bust a hoax: James W. Conradt, a Nebraska football fan living in Austin, Texas, says he didn't mean to hurt Oklahoma quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Landry Jones with his Internet hoax. So what was Conradt thinking Wednesday when he lifted a template off The Oklahoman's web site, NewsOK.com, wrote and pasted a bogus story about the Sooner pair's arrest on cocaine distribution charges, then posted it on a message board? The 36-year-old Conradt says he wasn't thinking. "I want to express my deepest apologies to the families," Conradt said Wednesday night, after his story was reported as fact by at least two Texas radio stations. "That's the thing I'm regretful about. I didn't want to hurt anyone." An apology might not be enough to smooth this over. "I'm going to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law," said Kevin Jones, Landry's father. "I've got deep enough pockets to do it." Oklahoman publisher David Thompson said, "When this was brought to our attention, we took immediate action. Through our technology and news teams, we tracked him down and told him to cease and desist. We take this very seriously and will consider legal action." (More at The Oklahoman)

Former OU standout Kelly makes charity trip to Liberia: The Oklahoman

July 9, 2008

Celebration Planned for 1971 OU-Nebraska Game of the Century

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Report: OU plans celebration for 1971 OU-Neb. Game of the Century: Castiglione was unavailable for comment. But sources confirmed the Sooner AD desperately wants to restore the long-held goodwill between the storied rivals. That respect was badly tarnished the last time the Cornhuskers visited Owen Field on Nov. 13, 2004, a game that produced profane slurs and a lawsuit. Castiglione's plan is to celebrate the legendary 1971 meeting of the two "Big Reds." He reportedly intends to invite and honor everyone from both teams involved in "The Game of the Century." The invitation list for a Friday night dinner and a ceremony at halftime of Saturday's game will include players, coaches, trainers, managers and any other personnel who played a role in that remarkable Thanksgiving Day shootout on Owen Field, which ended in a 35-31 Husker win. Sources said that when Castiglione approached Nebraska AD Tom Osborne at the Big 12 spring meetings in May to gauge his opinion of celebrating the 1971 Game of the Century, the legendary former Husker coach "loved the idea." (Tulsa World)

Greatest wins of the 2000s -- No. 7: SoonerSports.com

Speakers in place above board: SoonerSports.com

Then and now: Tulsa World

Who's No. 1 -- OU football or NBA?: The Oklahoman

July 8, 2008

Nic Harris Named to Thorpe Watch List

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Harris named to Thorpe Award Watch List: Oklahoma safety Nic Harris has been named to the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented annually to the top defensive back in college football. The award is based in Oklahoma City. Earlier, Harris, a senior from Alexandria, La., was named to the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award (with four other sooners), which is designated for college football's top defensive player. Harris was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season after recording 74 tackles and two interceptions. He also tied for second on the team with 9.5 tackles for loss. The Jim Thorpe Award "watch list" is determined by analysis of the pre-season All-America teams listed in at least six pre-season annual magazines. Four points are awarded for First Team, three points for second team, two points for third and one point for fourth teams and honorable mentions. This procedure determines approximately 40 players on the pre-season watch list. (SoonerSports PR)

"The Boz" aids in rescue of accident victim: A former NFL football star from Los Angeles helped rescue a woman who ended up trapped in a ditch after rolling her mini-SUV over the weekend.Brian Bosworth, known as "the Boz" from his linebacking days with the Seattle Seahawks in the 1980s, said he was on his way to the Winnipeg airport Saturday when he came across the accident scene on the Trans-Canada Highway near Falcon Lake in eastern Manitoba."I happened to tail in on the backside and there were ambulances and a fire truck. It looked like she rolled at least two or three times because the car ended up facing the opposite direction of oncoming traffic, upside down in the ditch," Bosworth said. He was asked to take a piece of equipment down to the paramedics and once he got down to the victim, he said it was clear they needed more manpower. Driver and passenger were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Bosworth was fishing in the area with his son. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Bosworth gives aid in rescue: The Oklahoman

Sooners beef up '09 class: Tulsa World

Five Sooners on Bednarik Award Watch List

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English, Granger, Harris, McCoy and Reynolds named to Bednarik Award Watch List: Five Oklahoma Sooners are on the 2008 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List. The honor is presented annually by the Maxwell Football Club to college football's outstanding defensive player. The five OU players on the list are DE Auston English, DT DeMarcus Granger, S Nic Harris, DT Gerald McCoy and LB Ryan Reynolds. English was a consensus All-Big 12 pick last season and an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated. He ranked No. 15 nationally with 9.5 sacks, which he accumulated in just 11 games. The junior also led OU in tackles for loss with 13. Granger was a starter in 11 games and was second-team All-Big 12. He had 35 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks. McCoy was the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year and a Sporting News Freshman All-American after racking up 6.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery. Reynolds worked at outside linebacker last season when he registered 60 tackles and one interception. This season, the junior moves to the middle linebacker position. (SoonerSports PR)

July 7, 2008

(7/7) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU's search for a QB after Bradford: All signs point to four-star prospect Nathan Scheelhaase as being OU's current top choice. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound dual-threat quarterback from Kansas City's Rockhurst High School holds offers from a dozen schools, including OU, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and South Florida, and has said he expects to make a commitment later this month. Scheelhaase, who was Missouri's Gatorade Player of the Year, made a lot of plays last season getting outside the pocket and throwing the ball downfield on the run. (In search of the next Sooner QB/The Oklahoman)

JUCO signee Sims yet to arrive on campus: (David) Sims, a 5-foot-11, 198-pound speedster, is the only newcomer yet to arrive in Norman and go through summer workouts. Sims is completing a class at Butte (Calif.) College and is expected on campus in time for fall camp. But Venables wonders how the absence from summer workouts will impact Sims' transition to Big 12 Conference football. "I think it set him back a little bit mentally, let alone physically, not being here through the course of the summer," Venables said. "We brought him here to help us. What he does this fall remains to be seen, but it goes without saying that it set him back not being here all summer with his teammates." (The Oklahoman)

When things looked hopeless for White, Chuck Long responded: The Oklahoman

July 6, 2008

(7/6) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Can Calhoun make quick impact?: Tulsa World

Ranking the Big 12 receiving corps: The Oklahoman

OU Football Notebook: The Oklahoman

Red Raiders, led by super soph Crabtree, are loaded at receiver: The Oklahoman

Duke Robinson and Ryan Stanchek: The Best of College Football's Big Uglies: Bleacher Report

Four Players on Maxwell Watch List

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Bradford, Murray, Iglesias, Gresham named on Maxwell watch list: Four members of Oklahoma's football team are on the watch list for the 2008 Maxwell Award. The honor is presented annually to the top player in college football. The Sooners on the list include QB Sam Bradford, TE Jermaine Gresham, WR Juaquin Iglesias and RB Demarco Murray. Bradford led the nation in passing efficiency last season as a freshman. Gresham caught 11 touchdown passes in 2007, to tie for the second-highest figure in school history. Iglesias was OU's top receiver last season in catches and yards with 68 for 907, respectively. He also returned 29 kickoffs for an average of 28.5 yards, a figure that ranked No. 16 nationally. Murray missed Oklahoma's last three games due to a kneecap injury, but was electrifying when he was on the field. He rushed 127 times for 764 yards and 13 touchdowns. Like Iglesias, he was one of the top kick returners in the country with 15 for a 29.3-yard average that ranked No. 7 among Football Bowl Subdivision programs.(SoonerSports PR)

(6/27-7/5) OU Football Articles

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Back after a short break.. Here are some articles published since the last update..

Greatest wins of the 2000s — No. 8: SoonerSports.com

Facade in place, speakers next: SoonerSports.com

Peterson's Norman conquest: Tulsa World

The big three of OU football: Tulsa World

Wilkinson set the standard, gets my vote: Tulsa World

Lepak says he belongs in Norman: Tulsa World

Entering his second season, Peterson is even hungrier: Tulsa World

OU recruit Lewis defies odds: The Oklahoman

Uwe von Schamann kicked his way into history, but the legend doesn't stop there: Tulsa World

Which team has the best backfield in the Big 12?: The Oklahoman

The best of the Big 12 backfields: The Oklahoman

Q&A with OU kicker Tress Way: The Oklahoman

Peterson a star, marked man: The Oklahoman

Peterson looking for bigger things in 2008: The Oklahoman

Ex-QB Holieway jailed because of unpaid tickets: The Oklahoman

Still loving A.D.: Norman Transcript

Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American (1976-1978): Crimson and Cream Machine

Oklahoma's Stoops keeps reloading, dominating: Dallas Morning News

Future Sooner Miller may be Metuchen's best: New Brunswick News

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