July 31, 2009

Bradford Named 2008-2009 Big 12 Athlete of the Year

Sam Bradford named 2008-2009 Big 12 Athlete of the Year: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford has been named the Big 12 Conference's male athlete of the year. As a redshirt sophomore in 2008, Bradford won the Heisman Trophy, given to the nation's best college football player, and the Davey O'Brien Trophy, awarded to the nation's best quarterback. The Big 12 award is selected by a panel of media based solely on an athlete's performance in the 2008-09 season. This year, for the first time, fan voting on Big12Sports.com was included in the award's final tally. (The Oklahoman)

July 29, 2009

Jermaine Gresham on Mackey Watch List

Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham on Mackey Watch List: Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham is on the 2009 John Mackey Award watch list released Wednesday by the Nassau County Sports Commission. Given annually to the best collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2009 John Mackey winner will be announced on December 10, 2009. A first-team All-American last season by The Sporting News, Gresham hauled in 66 passes for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Sooners in 2008. The TD total was the most ever in one season by an OU player. Gresham, a Mackey finalist last season, has 26 career touchdown receptions, just five off the school record held by Mark Clayton. (SoonerSports PR)

OU Football Awards History

Bryan's Memorial Service on Thursday

All-American Rick Bryan's Memorial Service on Thursday: A memorial service for two-time OU All-American Rick Bryan is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Coweta High School gym. Rick Bryan died Saturday night at the age of 47. His family says Bryan died from congestive heart failure. From 1980 to 1983, Bryan was a dominant force on the Sooner defensive line. The three-time All-Big Eight player surpassed Lee Roy Selmon in his senior year for most career tackles by a lineman, with 365. (Newson6.com) Note: Newson6.com will provide live streaming coverage of the memorial service.

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OU Football Practices Begin Next Week

Football Season is Almost Here: University of Oklahoma football players will report to fall practice beginning one week from today. Sam Bradford and Co. will begin the fall's first practice the following day, Sooner fans can expect closed practices and scrimmages, details of 2009 fall practices will be posted later.

Here's Some Positions to Watch
  • Offensive Line - The lack of experience...
  • WR - Who'll be No. 2 wideout.. Lots of talent, none proven yet...
  • Kicker - What kicker will emerge as starter...

Vikings Sign Former Sooner Loadholt

Minnesota signs OT Phill Loadholt: The Vikings announced they have signed their second-round pick, OT Phil Loadholt, to a contract. Terms of the deal were not announced. Loadholt, the 54th pick in the draft, will have every chance to win the starting ORT job over Ryan Cook, last year's starter there. (Pro Football Weekly)

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Stoops to Vote in Coaches Poll Again

University of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops to vote in coaches poll: After sitting out last year in somewhat of a protest vote over all the politicking of coaches, Stoops returns to the voting panel in the USA Today coaches poll. "You don't need to make a point twice," he said. When someone suggested that his absence from last year's poll could have hurt Oklahoma's chances in such a razor-thin difference between OU and Texas, Stoops said, "It didn't help." (Austin-American Statesman)

Bob Stoops to vote in coaches poll: The Oklahoman

Close call teaches Oklahoma's Stoops the value of voting: Dallas Morning News

Coaches fail to take their own poll seriously: Ft-Worth Star-Telegram

July 28, 2009

Big 12 Media Days: Bob Stoops Q&A

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bob Stoops quotes from Big 12 Media Days: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops met the Big 12 media Tuesday and addressed a number of topics. Full Bob Stoops press conference transcript below.

PETER IRWIN: Coach Bob Stoops has joined us from Oklahoma. Coach, welcome. Your thoughts about the summer and the upcoming season.

COACH STOOPS: Thank you, Peter. It's been a great summer, I guess, for me personally. It's always good to get away a little bit, get with your family and friends. Hopefully, our players have been working well. I think most all of them have been on campus for the most part, going to summer school and hopefully working out.

But we had a good spring, winter and spring leading up to the summer. Excited about the team that we have back, feel that we have a good, strong nucleus of players that we hope we'll get great leadership out of. Not just the three or four that everyone's talked about, but guys like Brody Eldridge, Matt Clapp, guys like Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray, Auston English, Jeremy Beal. A lot of these guys, Keenan Clayton, Travis Lewis. A lot of these guys have played a lot of good football for us.

And an order of guys that hopefully we can expect good and strong leadership out of and hopefully really guide our team to hopefully another year where we can pursue championships once again.

Q. Obvious question, Bob. Would youtalk about what looks to be an unprecedented return of three potential number one draft choices in one year, if you think there was a common theme there and the obvious impact of having those three guys back.

COACH STOOPS: Well, I think those guys all coming back, I think, says a lot about the overall program that they're pleased and excited to be in and want to participate in one more year and then maybe give up some fortune for a year to have that opportunity to be here one more year with their teammates, with their coaches.

But also I think there's value that they see in graduating and/or if you're not graduating, you're within a class or two, so it's real manageable and easy to finish. There is value in that. There's value in being more prepared for that situation when it comes, to being a year stronger, more seasoned, more prepared for that situation. And a value in being with their teammates another year. So it is pretty special. I think it says a lot about the quality of individuals they are too. Just that they see the value in all those things.

Q. Two-part question. First, Bob, wonder how you feel about asterisk. Second question is can you be as good as you were last year?

COACH STOOPS: That's not for me to -- I know you guys would love for me to have a little quip about that and throw it all over the place. I don't want to take away from the players and the programs and do that. I don't have anything to say about that. And the other was how do we feel about --

Q. Could you be as good as you were last year.

COACH STOOPS: I hope so. Hopefully we can be a game or two better. You have to go and earn all of that. You have to get back with your team, get back out on the field and start competing and working to see truly where you're at.

It's going to be another week or so before we can do that. But we have a chance to be every bit as good or hopefully maybe a little better.

Q. Coach, can you talk about your defensive line and the expectation level you have for them coming into the season.

COACH STOOPS: I really believe it has a chance to be a true, true strength of our team. The guys up front there on the D-line, you look at three D-ends that really have been productive in Jeremy Beal, Frank Alexander, Auston English. We really love those guys and how they play. And you've got Gerald McCoy and Adrian Taylor inside that were mainstays a year ago and played at such a high level, in particular with Gerald. You know how special he is.

Those guys have a chance. We need to get a few more guys. We've got a number of guys, D-ends coming on, R.J. Washington coming on some also and some other young inside guys. We'll see. Hopefully those guys can be a real strength for us.

I think our defense has a chance to be quite a bit better than we were a year ago. You know, hopefully that will be the case.

Q. Can you talk about your men coming back, but you did lose two quality receivers outside. Talk about the adjustment to the receivers you'll have and the new guys you do have coming in.

COACH STOOPS: I think Sam will have a good number of targets. I think the best thing -- one of the best things that Kevin Wilson has done as our offensive coordinator is to be able to play more team strengths.

You see us out there sometimes in some special tight end sets because those guys are such good players. Jermaine can split out and be a wide receiver, or we came in with a big set with he and Brody Eldridge side by side and put Matt Clapp right behind him. He's a 250-pound fullback.

And then you can spread them out and put Jermaine outside. Along with other guys -- and Mossis Madu is a guy we're going to work at receiver. Ryan Broyles was a big player for us last year. He'll have to step up and do more. Adron Tennell had a really good spring. We're hoping he can field some of those -- catch some of those balls that we lost with those guys graduating.

Q. Bob, how big of a concern is your offensive line, and potentially how good can it be?

COACH STOOPS: Well, obviously it's a concern because those guys have played a limited amount. And so what you want to see is some kind of consistency and how they work here through two-a-days and how they work through the season. A level of discipline you expect, a level of toughness in how they work.

We've got to get out there and keep developing those guys. They had a pretty fair, pretty good spring going against a good D-line, but it needs to continue to happen.

It has a chance to be good. There's potential there. There's talent there and potential. I don't need to tell you guys what sometimes that can add up to. In the end, it can add up to something really pretty good, or it can be pretty fair depending on how they work and what kind of discipline they have working to get ready.

Q. Coach, you have Ryan Reynolds going. Can you talk about how important he is to your defense.

COACH STOOPS: Ryan is important. He's got a lot of experience. Though he's been injured some, he's still a guy that plays at a very consistent level for us. He's been fine. This injury was not nearly as complicated to come back from as his previous one.

There wasn't as much collateral damage around the particular injury in this case than there was in the first one. So talking to him, he feels great. He looks great. He's really trimmed up. My guess, again, just natural, being a senior, he looks great as far as physically, and he says he feels good running. He's been running and training and doing everything.

Q. Bob, on a scale of unlucky to injury-prone, where does DeMarco Murray fit in?

COACH STOOPS: I'd say unlucky because the injury is such -- it was so odd in how they happened. You know, he's a great worker. Same thing, you know, DeMarco looks great. He's strong. He's always so much bigger, I think, than people realize.

So he's excited to get back and get going again. He has been a little bit unlucky and how odd those injuries -- how odd they were that they happened. They're very unusual how they happened.

Q. Bob, how does Sam improve on last year, I mean, on those stats and stuff?

COACH STOOPS: Well, it's going to be hard to improve on those stats. It's just like offensively they'll be hard to have that kind of production. You know, but hopefully with a better defense you don't have to. So in the end, we're not always concerned about -- we're not concerned about statistics. It's doing what you need to do and manage the game to win. So to me, just to manage the game and avoid turnovers, make the smart plays, be consistent like he has been, and not to force things. You know, remind him you're not Superman. You don't need to remind Sam of that. He plays within the system. Let things come to you. Avoid the really poor and turnover -- you know be, the bad plays. Here and there we can rely on the defense hopefully in certain situations. So it's just managing the game. That's all we want him to do.

How can he do it better than here? I don't know that you can. It's pretty hard to. Hopefully, he can do it in a similar way that hopefully will be good.

Q. Coach, have you taken a look at the new stadium yet in Arlington? How excited are you and your kids about opening your season here on the 5th?

COACH STOOPS: You know, I haven't had a chance to see it. I have seen pictures here and there what people have showed me when they have seen it. It looks fabulous. It looks really just really special.

We are excited to compete in there. I think it's safe to say, though, we don't want to -- we're not just excited about walking in and seeing it. We want to play well. We have a great fan base down here in Dallas. It's a huge recruiting base for us with the close proximity to Norman. So there's a lot of great reasons to be down here in this game. I know our fans are excited to come down here for it.

But, ultimately, we realize we're playing an excellent team and a great tradition and a team that year in and year out is always good in BYU, and we need to really be ready to play a good game.

Q. Bob, you've always played a very competitive nonconference schedule since coming to Oklahoma. It seemed to be a day off for you last year when you got down to the BCS standings. Can you talk about the philosophy of playing difficult opponents in nonconference.

COACH STOOPS: I think you're correct in that Joe Castiglione, our athletic director, and I have made a point to play a challenging nonconference schedule. It's been Joe's philosophy.

Once we got over the hump and won the national championship in 2000 and felt we were building, and the program was back to where we felt it should be, if you're a top ten team, we felt you should play that type of schedule. Much as you can. It's not always easy to schedule, but if you're able to, to have those exciting games to play them.

And Joe is also very wise. He and I have always talked about, if all things are equal, the BCS ramifications are there. Even though they have devalued the reason to play a difficult schedule -- you don't get quite the credit you used to get for it -- it still matters to some degree.

Again, with all things being equal, I think Joe has done a great job, and I've agreed to it to play a tough schedule to hopefully get you in a better position that way. Otherwise, why play? If it isn't going to matter, then there's no need to go play the tough games.

Our philosophy also, too, to credit our fans, for our fan base, we felt they were good for them. Our people wanted to see these kind of games. It's challenging for our players. I've always felt it gets our players' attention early, that we need to be prepared early to play. You know, hopefully gives you big challenges early that hopefully can help you later.

PETER IRWIN: Coach, thank you for your comments.

From Big12Sports.com

Big 12 Media Days: Day 2

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooners, Bears, Jayhawks, Tigers to meet the media: Day two at Big 12 media days gets underway at the top of the hour (9:00 AM) from Irving, Texas. Team representatives from Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas and Missouri are scheduled today. Live streaming coverage is available at Big12Sports.com.

Today - Full Schedule
* Missouri: Head Coach Gary Pinkel, LB Sean Weatherspoon, NT Jaron Baston, OG Kurtis Gregory (approx. 9:00 AM)
* Baylor: Head Coach Art Briles, Defensive Coordinator Brian Norwood, QB Robert Griffin III, FS Jordan Lake, LB Joe Pawelek, C J.D. Walton (9:45 AM)
* Kansas: Head Coach Mark Mangino, QB Todd Reesing, WR Kerry Meier, DE Max Onyegbule (10:30 AM)
* Oklahoma: Head Coach Bob Stoops, QB Sam Bradford, DT Gerald McCoy, TE Jermaine Gresham (11:15 AM)

Noteworthy links
Baylor - Official
Kansas - Official
Missouri - Official
Oklahoma - Official
Big 12 Sports Official Site

Twitters to follow @Big12Conference Media Days

Quotes and notes from day two will be posted later today.

Longhorns to Honor Former Sooner Darrell Royal

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

UT to honor former Sooner Darrell Royal: Texas will wear throwback uniforms saluting former coach Darrell Royal when the Longhorns face Texas A&M on Thanksgiving, the school announced. The white road uniform, designed by Nike, was unveiled at Royal's 85th birthday celebration Saturday in Austin. It features a patch with Royal's initials (DKR). The helmets include each player's number above the Longhorn logo, similar to the style of Royal's first national championship team in 1963. "I think it's very fitting that we honor Coach Royal and our four national championship teams in a game like Texas A&M that has been a special rivalry for so many years," coach Mack Brown said in a statement. (Dallas Morning News) Darrell Royal played QB and DB (1946-'49) at Oklahoma under Bud Wilkinson.

Heisman Watch – Tebow vs. Bradford: BetUS

September matchups we all love: Sporting News

Football schedule supplies some Saturday surprises: The Oklahoman

Thoughts from Big 12 Media Days: The Oklahoman

July 27, 2009

Single Game Tickets On Sale Aug. 3

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma football single game tickets on sale Aug. 3 at midnight: The University of Oklahoma Athletics Ticket Office announced today that a limited number of single game tickets for each of the six home games will go on sale Monday, Aug. 3, at 12 a.m., on SoonerSports.com. At 8 a.m., that day tickets will be available by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-GoOU or (405) 325-2424. Sales are anticipated to be brisk and fans are encouraged to utilize the online purchase option. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. Prices range from $49-$99 per ticket based on the game desired. 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)

Owasso's Colvin Commits to OU

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

DB Aaron Colvins verbally commits to Oklahoma: Owasso senior defensive back Aaron Colvin made his verbal commitment to the University of Oklahoma on Sunday evening. Colvin narrowed down his choices to the Sooners, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Missouri before choosing OU live on the Oklahoma Sports Blitz. He is Oklahoma's 19th verbal commitment of the 2010 recruiting class and the fourth in-state recruit to say he will play football for the Sooners next season. (Newson6.com)

Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruting

July 26, 2009

Former OU All-American Rick Bryan Dead at 47

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Former Sooner All-American Rick Bryan passes away: Former University of Oklahoma All-American Rick Bryan has died, according to Barry Switzer, the man who coached him at OU in the 1980s. Switzer said this morning that Bryan, 47, died overnight. Switzer, who said Bryan died of congestive heart failure, was on the way to be with the family today. Bryan lived in Coweta, where he attended high school. His son, Mike, is a linebacker on the University of Tulsa football team and his daughter, Jenni, averaged 21.2 points per game last season as a junior basketball player at Coweta. Rick Bryan was a two-time All-America defensive lineman for OU in 1982 and 1983. He set a record that still stands for most career tackles by a Sooner lineman. (Tulsa World)

Bryan -- A great player who had his coach's respect: Tulsa World

From May 1, 1984:
Falcons settle for Oklahoma linebacker Rick Bryan: Rome News-Tribune

Dallas Cowboys Ink Manny Johnson

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Former Sooner Manuel Johnson signs with Dallas Cowboys: Former Oklahoma wide receiver Manuel Johnson has agreed to a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Morning News reported on its Web site. Johnson, who finished his career at OU with 119 catches for 1,710 yards and 17 touchdowns, was a seventh-round pick by the Cowboys in April's NFL Draft. (The Oklahoman) DMN web site reports, Johnson will receive four-year deals with minimum base salaries worth $310,000 (2009), $395,000 (2010), $480,000 (2011) and $565,000 (2012).(Dallas Morning News)

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Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy Meet at Cotton Bowl

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy met Saturday at the Cotton Bowl for an interview segment with ESPN's Wendy Nix. The footage will be part of ESPN's coverage leading up to this year's OU-Texas game.

Why I like UT over OU - just by a little: ESPN.com

What's in store for Oklahoma this season?: The Oklahoman

Jake Trotter's All-Big 12 Team: The Oklahoman

KC player transfer to Oklahoma: Kilgore News Herald

BYU's dream season, let us count the ways: Examiner.com

July 24, 2009

BYU, OU Tickets Go on Sale Monday

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Brigham Young, Oklahoma tickets available to general public Monday: I know many of you have asked and wondered.. Tickets for the Oklahoma-Brigham Young college football game at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Monday. All single game sales will be handled by Ticketmaster. Tickets may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Single-game ticket prices range from $50-$150. Orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and tickets are subject to availability. (SoonerSports PR)
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Preseason All-Big 12 Team Announced

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Eight Sooners on All-Big 12 team; Bradford named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Sam Bradford (Oklahoma), Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska) and Phil Taylor (Baylor) highlight the 2009 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team, chosen by media representatives who cover the Conference. Bradford was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and selected the preseason squad's quarterback. The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner was Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year last season and earned All-Big 12 First Team honors. Bradford was also a consensus All-America while winning the Davey O'Brien and Sammy Baugh awards. Suh garnered honors as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and as a defensive linemen on the preseason team. He was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team a year ago after leading the Conference linemen with 76 tackles. Taylor, a transfer from Penn State, was named Preseason Newcomer of the Year. The defensive tackle will have two years of eligibility remaining after playing in 18 games as a freshman and sophomore at PSU. He sat out the 2008 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. (Big 12 Sports PR)

2009 Media Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (QB, 6-4, 223, Jr/2L, Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Defensive Player of the Year: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (DT, 6-4, 300, Sr/3L, Portland, Ore.)
Newcomer of the Year: Phil Taylor, Baylor (DT, 6-4, 355, Jr/TR, Clinton, Md.)

Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
WR Dez Bryant* Oklahoma State 6-2 215 Jr/2L Lufkin, Texas
TE Jermaine Gresham* Oklahoma 6-6 258 Sr/3L Ardmore, Okla.
OL Russell Okung* Oklahoma State 6-6 305 Sr/3L Fort Bend, Texas
OL Trent Williams* Oklahoma 6-5 318 Sr/3L Longview, Texas
C Chris Hall# Texas 6-4 295 Sr/3L Irving, Texas
OL Adam Ulatoski* Texas 6-6 310 Sr/3L Southlake, Texas
OL Brandon Carter Texas Tech 6-7 354 Sr/3L Longview, Texas
WR Dezmon Briscoe# Kansas 6-3 202 Jr/2L Dallas, Texas
QB Sam Bradford* Oklahoma 6-4 223 Jr/2L Oklahoma City, Okla.
RB Kendall Hunter* Oklahoma State 5-8 190 Jr/2L Tyler, Texas
RB DeMarco Murray^* Oklahoma 6-1 214 Jr/2L Las Vegas, Nev.
PK Alex Henery Nebraska 6-2 175 Jr/2L Omaha, Neb.
KR Perrish Cox Oklahoma State 6-0 195 Sr/3L Waco, Texas

Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
DL Ndamukong Suh# Nebraska 6-4 300 Sr/3L Portland, Ore.
DL Gerald McCoy* Oklahoma 6-4 297 Jr/2L Oklahoma City, Okla.
DL Jeremy Beal# Oklahoma 6-3 261 Jr/2L Carrollton, Texas
DL Sergio Kindle Texas 6-4 255 Sr/3L Dallas, Texas
LB Sean Weatherspoon*^ Missouri 6-2 245 Sr/3L Jasper, Texas
LB Joe Pawelek*^ Baylor 6-2 240 Sr/3L San Antonio, Texas
LB Travis Lewis Oklahoma 6-2 232 So/1L San Antonio, Texas
DB Darrell Stuckey* Kansas 6-1 205 Sr/3L Kansas City, Kan.
DB Jordan Lake*^ Baylor 6-1 215 Sr/3L Houston, Texas
DB Dominique Franks# Oklahoma 6-0 192 Jr/2L Tulsa, Okla.
DB Earl Thomas Texas 5-10 197 So/1L Orange, Texas
P Derek Epperson Baylor 6-3 235 Jr/2L Southlake, Texas
PR Dez Bryant* Oklahoma State 6-2 215 Jr/2L Lufkin, Texas
^ 2008 Preseason Team
* 2008 All-Big 12 First Team selection
# 2008 All-Big 12 Second Team selection

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Bradford, Gresham, McCoy to Represent OU at Big 12 Media Day

July 23, 2009

Big 12 Media Preseason Poll Released

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Big 12 media preseason poll has Oklahoma, Texas tied for 1st place: Nebraska was predicted to win the North division while Oklahoma and Texas tied for the top spot in the South in the 2009 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, voted on by media representatives who cover the Conference. Texas compiled 17 first-place votes in the South compared to 15 for Oklahoma, however both finished with 174 cumulative points. Oklahoma State was picked third ahead of Texas Tech, Baylor and Texas A&M. OU, UT and TTU finished tied for the top spot in the South last season. The Sooners won the tiebreaker to compete in the Championship game and captured their third-consecutive and sixth overall Big 12 title. (Big 12 Sports PR)

2009 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll North Division
1. Nebraska (17) 172
2. Kansas (12) 164
3. Missouri (3) 124
4. Colorado 100
5. Kansas State 81
6. Iowa State 33

South Division
1. Texas (17) 174
1. Oklahoma (15) 174
3. Oklahoma State 130
4. Texas Tech 89
5. Baylor 75
6. Texas A&M 33
first-place votes in parentheses

July 22, 2009

Former Sooners Harris, Robinson Sign NFL Contracts

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Harris signs with Buffalo: Rookie Nic Harris has agreed to a contract with the Bills after Buffalo chose Harris in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Harris, a defensive back at the University of Oklahoma is expected to make the transition to linebacker with the Bills. In 51 career games with the Sooners (37 starts), Harris recorded 233 tackles, good enough for 6th place all-time amongst OU defensive backs. (13WHAM) Terms of contract were not released. Details will be published when available.

Duke Robinson signs multi-year deal with Panthers: The Carolina Panthers have signed fifth-round pick Duke Robinson. The guard from Oklahoma inked a four-year deal Wednesday that includes a signing bonus of about $172,000. He's expected to provide needed depth on the offensive line after Carolina released Jeremy Bridges and lost Geoff Hangartner and Frank Omiyale in free agency. (SI/Associated Press)

Harris to be more than just a LB? BuffaloBills.com

HS Teammates Commit to OU

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Orange, Texas teammates verbally commit to Oklahoma: Wednesday, the Sooners added a pair of verbal commitments in Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark High School teammates Trey Franks and James Haynes, SoonerScoop.com and OUESPN.com both reported. OU now has 18 commitments, seven away from the maximum a school can sign. (The Oklahoman)

A Glance:
James Haynes, ATH/DB (6'1", 181, 4.36)4-Star by Rivals.com
Trey Franks, ATH (5'9", 170, 4.4) 3-Star by Rivals.com

Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting

Volger Picks 'Bama Over OU

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

TE Brian Volger set choose between Alabama and Oklahoma: Brian Vogler, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound rising senior at the Brookstone School in Columbus, has narrowed his choices down to Alabama and Oklahoma. The smart money should go down on the Crimson Tide. Lane Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 252-pound tight end from Groverton, Texas, committed to the Sooners Tuesday night. But Vogler's not saying. "Everybody says they want to go to a winning program," said Vogler, who Rivals.com ranks as the No. 6 tight end in the country. "Well between these two there is so much tradition. Both of them have multiple national championships. It's great just to have interest from both of these teams." Vogler said he began the recruiting process open to everyone. He then cut the field down to eight, then down to two.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
UPDATE: Brian Vogler has just committed to The University of Alabama, doing so at a noon eastern press conference from his high school on Columbus, Georgia. (RollBamaRoll.com)

Sooners Pick Up JUCO Transfer

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Lane Johnson transfers to Oklahoma: The Sooners have added a late summer signee in Lane Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 252-pound tight end out of Kilgore (Texas) College, the Tyler (Texas) radio station KTBB reported. Johnson, who actually played quarterback at Kilgore but will play tight end at OU, is expected to report to workouts in August and will have three years of eligibility remaining. "He's going to be a really good football player for Oklahoma and having three years left is even better, especially with some of their tight ends leaving after this season," Kilgore coach J.J. Eckert told KTBB. (The Oklahoman)

2009 Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruits

Former Sooner Jamelle Holieway Arrested

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Holieway arrested on complaint of shoplifting: Former University of Oklahoma quarterback Jamelle Holieway and a female companion were arrested Sunday afternoon on a complaint of shoplifting at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in McAlester. Holieway, 42, and Brandie Michelle Simpson, 33, were arrested by McAlester police on a complaint of petty larceny of merchandise with a value of $86.21, according a McAlester Police Department arrest report. Holieway and Simpson were issued tickets and booked into the McAlester city jail. But because they had outstanding warrants, a police spokeswoman said, they were taken to the Pittsburg County jail, where they posted bail and were released. (Tulsa World)

July 21, 2009

Bradford, Gresham, McCoy to Represent OU at Big 12 Media Day

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooners announce team representatives for Big 12 media days: Coach Stoops will take Sam Bradford, Gerald McCoy and Jermaine Gresham to Arlington as OU's representatives for the annual Big 12 media days on Tuesday, July 28.(SoonerSports.com)

Big 12 Media Days Lineup

Day 1: Monday, July 27

* Nebraska: Head Coach Bo Pelini, RB Roy Helu Jr., C Jacob Hickman, DT Ndamukong Suh
* Oklahoma State: Head Coach Mike Gundy, Assistant Head Coach Jason Jones, QB Zac Robinson, LB Andre Sexton, WR Dez Bryant
* Iowa State: Head Coach Paul Rhoads, QB Austen Arnaud, OL Reggie Stephens, DL Nate Frere
* Texas A&M: Head Coach Mike Sherman, players TBA

Day 2: Tuesday, July 28

* Missouri: Head Coach Gary Pinkel, LB Sean Weatherspoon, NT Jaron Baston, OG Kurtis Gregory
* Baylor: Head Coach Art Briles, Defensive Coordinator Brian Norwood, QB Robert Griffin III, FS Jordan Lake, LB Joe Pawelek, C J.D. Walton
* Kansas: Head Coach Mark Mangino, QB Todd Reesing, WR Kerry Meier, DE Max Onyegbule
* Oklahoma: Head Coach Bob Stoops, QB Sam Bradford, DT Gerald McCoy, TE Jermaine Gresham

Day 3: Wednesday, July 29

* Kansas State: Head Coach Bill Snyder, players TBA
* Texas Tech: Head Coach Mike Leach, OL Brandon Carter, CB Jamar Wall, DL Colby Whitlock
* Colorado: Head Coach Dan Hawkins, Associate Head Coach Brian Cabral, TE Riar Greer, LB Marcus Burton, LB Jeff Smart
* Texas: Head Coach Mack Brown, players TBA

Wilson Key to Sooners Machine: Tulsa World

Mike Gaddis carried the ball for OU 20 years ago: Tulsa World

Cronkite shared link with both Oklahoma and Texas: ESPN.com

Kevin Wilson keeps Sooners on the move: The Oklahoman

NCAA Football 10, OU capitalizes on mistakes in Bedlam win: The Oklahoman

July 18, 2009

Former Sooner and CBS Broadcaster Walter Cronkite Dies

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Walter Cronkite dies at age 92; Called the '37 Sooners: Famed CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite passed away Saturday at the age of 92. Best known for his work during the Apollo moon landing, the assassination of JFK and reporting from the war in Viet Nam, Cronkite also called Oklahoma football for WKY radio in 1937. Cronkite, just 21 when he worked for the Oklahoma City radio station, later recounted that his early work on the broadcasts lacked solid preparation and knowledge. He remedied those shortcomings while calling Tom Stidham's first season as the Sooner coach. It also was the initial season for assistant coach Dewey "Snorter" Luster, who succeeded Stidham in 1941. Like Cronkite, the '37 team got off to a rocky start, winning just one of its first five games with a pair of ties. OU then rallied to win its last four. The two ties ended losing streaks to rival opponents. The 7-7 outcome with Texas, Cronkite's alma mater, halted a string of three straight Longhorn wins in the Red River Rivalry, while the 0-0 tie at Nebraska stopped a six-game streak of futility to the Cornhuskers. The '37 team concluded the season in Norman with a 16-0 win over Oklahoma A&M, and its star sophomore, Allie Reynolds. The victory so elated Stidham that he doled out cigars to the players during the locker room celebration. In the end, Cronkite was the voice for a winner. The team finished with a 5-2-2 mark, including a 3-1-1 record in Big Six Conference play. The University of Oklahoma is proud to count Walter Cronkite among the many fine broadcasters who graced the air waves to call Sooner athletics.(SoonerSports PR)

Did you know: It was in October 1937 WKY began a contract with OU to provide professional broadcasts of its football games. A young man, named Walter Cronkite, just getting started in broadcasting in Texas, was brought in to give play-by-play commentary. (Oklahoma Historic Society)

NCAA Warns OU to Keep Better Employment Records

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NCAA asks Oklahoma to keep better student-athlete employment records: The NCAA has asked Oklahoma to enhance its compliance education program relating to the employment of athletes as part of the school's continuing probation following rules violations by former quarterback Rhett Bomar. In a letter sent to the school last month, Committee on Infractions assistant director James A. Elworth asked Oklahoma to emphasize the proper use of forms provided to athletes, their employers and coaches. When the school ran into trouble because Bomar and two other football players were being paid for work they didn't do at a Norman car dealership, Oklahoma was unable to detect the violations because it wasn't making sure athletes were filling out employment forms. The letter was released Friday after an open records request by The Associated Press. Oklahoma must submit annual compliance reports to the NCAA as part of its probation, which is set to end in May. Elworth's one-page letter informed the school that the NCAA had received and approved its 2009 report, but was seeking more information on the monitoring of athletes' employment in next year's report. (Associated Press)

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July 17, 2009

Switzer Expects Bob Stoops to Surpass His Records

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Barry Switzer honored for Special Olympics involvement: Barry Switzer won three college football championships and a Super Bowl, but there's still a unique quality about competitors in the Special Olympics that keeps him coming back. While he's used to winning at the college and NFL level, the Special Olympics aren't all about victories and defeats. Switzer says it's the innocence of Special Olympians that has led him to work with the charity for more than three decades. The former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach was honored for that involvement Tuesday night with the Knights of Columbus John F. Kennedy Community Service Award. (AP/Dallas Morning News)

Switzer expects Stoops to surpass his records: Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer thinks current Sooners coach Bob Stoops will one day surpass his accomplishments at OU. "Bob will someday break my record because he's a smart enough guy to know that you don't leave Oklahoma when you have Oklahoma," Switzer said Tuesday night while accepting a community service award from the Knights of Columbus. "There's no pro job out there worth a damn." Switzer went 157-29-4 with the Sooners, winning national titles in 1974, 1975 and 1985 before resigning under pressure 20 years ago. He went on to win a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys, but still lives near the Oklahoma campus in Norman. (Sportsline.com)

Former OU football coach Barry Switzer has heart of a king: The Oklahoman

Sooners lead in returning Heisman winners: The Oklahoman

July 14, 2009

Three-Star Recruit Verbally Commits to OU

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Jenks' Jarrett Lake commits to OU after visit: Jarrett Lake already had a scholarship offer from the University of Oklahoma. So on Monday, during a trip to Norman to watch former Jenks High School teammate Gabe Lynn's summer workouts, Lake decided to make it official and verbally commit to playing for the Sooners in 2010. "We went up to see Gabe practice and work out, kind of get a feel for how the summer workouts go," said Lynn's father, Tyrone Lynn. "He knew he wanted to go there anyway and that just really reinforced it." Gabe Lynn will be a freshman cornerback for the Sooners this season. Lake transferred to Jenks last year after moving in from Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy. Tyrone Lynn said Lake at first lived with an aunt, but has since moved in with the Lynn family. "She travels quite a bit, and he and Gabe became close friends," Tyrone Lynn said. "In between her travels, it just kind of worked out that he stayed here a lot. He's like another son. He's got a room and he's part of the family." (Tulsa World)

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July 13, 2009

Stoops Doesn't 'Pay Attention' Counting Wins

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Stoops not counting wins: Over the past nine seasons, Bob Stoops has won 102 games, more than any coach in major college football. While the 2009 Sooners are primed to keep him atop the elite, Stoops said he's not taking part in the counting. "I don't much pay attention to that," Stoops said. "Counting things up just doesn't matter to me. I enjoy the process. I enjoy the games. I enjoy the competition. Love seeing the players every day. You get to be in a challenging situation every week. "That's just not my style to worry about any of that. In the end, there will be a record -- so what? I'm going to do the best I can with good people, have some fun and hopefully do well." (The Oklahoman)

OU Insider -- Sooners loaded with leaders: The Oklahoman

Sooners, others turn to two-running back system: The Oklahoman

July 10, 2009

(7/10) OU Football Articles and Notes

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Oklahoma FB season ticket renewal rate at 99 percent: OU athletic department officials announced Wednesday season football tickets have been renewed at a 99 percent rate for the upcoming season. The renewal rate is the highest during coach Bob Stoops' 11 seasons as the Sooners' coach and believed to be the highest in university history. Stoops was recently rewarded for bringing the fans to Memorial Stadium with a huge raise last month, bringing his annual salary up to $3.675 million. OU officials said the school's average renewal rate for season football tickets is around 96 percent, but that figure has not dipped below 94 percent in the Stoops era. "We don't have all the figures, but it wouldn't surprise me if that renewal rate led the nation," OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. (The Oklahoman)

Grady to see action in YardDawgz game: Former Sooner Tommy Grady get his shot as Oklahoma City head coach Sparky McEwen announced Tuesday that Grady will be the starting quarterback against Bossier-Shreveport Saturday at the Cox Convention Center. "He's an outstanding young man as well as quarterback," McEwen said. "We want to give him the opportunity to showcase his talent." The Yard Dawgz (7-7) clinched a playoff berth last week, which has given the team options to try to rest some players. (The Oklahoman)

Sooners' schedule looking tough: Tulsa World

Sooner fans unrivaled in their loyalty: The Norman Transcript

That's Mr. Heisman To You, Part Four - Sam Bradford: BleacherReport.com

July 8, 2009

Southmoore's Julian Wilson Commits to OU

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Julian Wilson verbally commits to Oklahoma: Southmoore defensive back Julian Wilson committed to Oklahoma on Tuesday. The 6-2, 180-pounder chose the Sooners over Florida, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado and others. "Coach (Bobby Jack) Wright was real excited when I told him," Wilson said. "I talked to Coach Stoops on the phone and he was real fired up about it." Wilson, who plays both receiver and defensive back for Southmoore, will play either cornerback or safety at OU. (The Oklahoman)

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July 7, 2009

Former Sooner All-American Dies

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Jack Mitchell OU's first All-American QB dies at age 85: Jack Mitchell, the first OU quarterback to earn All-America honors, died Sunday in Sun City, Ariz., from cancer. He was 85. His death was confirmed by Kansas associate athletic director John Hadl. Mitchell coached at Kansas from 1958 to 1966 and left with an overall record of 44-42-5. His best teams were in 1960 (7-2-1), 1961 (7-3-1) and 1962 (6-3-1). At Oklahoma, Mitchell was named an All-American in 1948. Mitchell was a two-time all conference selection and still holds the NCAA Division I-A record for career punt return average with 23.6 yards per return from 1946-48. He was named MVP of OU’s 14-6 win in the 1949 Sugar Bowl against North Carolina. (Tulsa World)

Former OU QB Jack Mitchell had profound impact: The Oklahoman

Remembering Jack Mitchell -- A dashing Sooner: The Oklahoman

July 6, 2009

Former Sooner Arrested on Domestic Violence Complaint

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Former Oklahoma lineman Brandon Walker arrested: Former Oklahoma offensive lineman Brandon Walker was arrested over the weekend on a complaint of domestic assault and battery in front of a minor, Norman police spokesman Capt. Leonard Judy said. Shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday, Norman police responded to a call at the residence of the alleged female victim, who, according to Judy, was in a dispute with Walker over their child. Judy said the incident allegedly escalated to an assault and battery by Walker, who was later arrested after the female called police. Walker was taken to the Cleveland County detention center. (The Oklahoman)

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July 2, 2009

4-Star Prospect Verbally Commits to Oklahoma

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Texas prospect Austin Woods commits to OU: Oklahoma added an offensive lineman Wednesday with the verbal commitment of Austin Woods from Texas' Rockwall-Heath High School. "I've taken a lot of visits and I've talked to a lot of coaches," the 6-5, 290-pound center told Rivals.com, "and it just came down to where I felt the most comfortable and the tradition they have at OU." Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Texas Tech and Baylor were reportedly among Woods' other college suitors. (Tulsa World)

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