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OU fans' expectations surprise Jones

by Mel Bracht Modified: November 22, 2007 at 6:47 am •  Published: November 22, 2007
Former OU football coach Barry Switzer joked about it Monday morning on his XM radio show.

Switzer said at halftime of OU's 34-27 loss to Texas Tech, "the suicide watch number to call was announced throughout the state of Oklahoma for Sooner fans. Please call this number before finalizing your decision.”

Growing up a Texas Tech fan in Plainview, Texas, about 40 miles north of the Lubbock campus, FSN Southwest anchor/reporter Emily Jones is having trouble comprehending the monster known as the OU football program.

As a contributor to the Sports Animal Radio Network, appearing with Bob Barry Jr. from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, she is quickly learning about it.

"It's amazing to me the backlash from Sooner fans after losing that game at Tech,” Jones said. "Growing up a Texas Tech fan, the mentality is totally different. I guess the expectations are at a level I can't grasp.”

Jones, 30, is relishing her assignment as the sideline reporter for FSN's Bedlam telecast at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, working with play-by-play announcer Bill Land and analyst Gary Reasons.

"The atmosphere is always at a fever pitch, regardless of where it's played or what's on the line,” said Jones, who has covered three OU games and one OSU game this season.

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