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OU football notebook: English practicing again; Beal still in cast

Published: August 22, 2008
Defense sloppy Thursday
Several defensive players came into the interview room Thursday pouring in sweat after a sloppy practice resulted in extra running for the defense.

"We're nowhere close to being good enough,” said defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. "We had way too many mistakes today.”

Bob Stoops called a coaches' meeting immediately after practice, meaning none of the defensive coaches were available for comment.

According to McCoy, the defense was plagued by "penalties,” "lack of intensity” and "mental errors.”

"We're trying to be national champions, not just win the Big 12 and lose a bowl game,” McCoy said. "We're tired of that reputation.”

Said linebacker Ryan Reynolds, "We had a bad practice. A lot of guys weren't giving 100 percent effort.”

•Mauk appeals to NCAA again: Quarterback Ben Mauk is taking his case for another year of eligibility at Cincinnati back to the NCAA.

At the request of both sides, a judge in Hardin County, Ohio, postponed a hearing scheduled for today in Mauk's lawsuit against the NCAA. That puts the lawsuit on hold while Mauk submits new information to support his contention that a foot injury prevented him from playing his freshman year.

Mauk's attorney, Kevin Murphy, said the material will be reviewed by NCAA staff as early as this weekend. NCAA officials were not available for comment

Cincinnati plays at fourth-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 6.

Mauk led the Bearcats to a No. 17 final ranking last season, after coming back from arm and shoulder injuries suffered in 2006 while playing for Wake Forest.

The NCAA has rejected three earlier appeals.

•English getting his groove back: Following an appendectomy procedure in late July, junior defensive end Auston English sat out the first couple weeks of preseason practice, returning to the practice field for the first time Monday.

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Sooner defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said the Sooners had a lot of defensive mistakes during Thursday's practice. By STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN


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