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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.

After graduating from Texas Tech in 1998, Jones joined Lubbock NBC affiliate KCBD-11 as a news anchor and reporter.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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