by Berry Tramel Modified: November 1, 2008 at 11:32 am •  Published: November 1, 2008
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NORMAN — Bo Pelini often thinks of his Youngstown days. Those families and coaches and teachers who made that rusty patch of Ohio so special. Made it Mayberry North.

The Nebraska football coach often thinks of the father of his pal, the father of his rival today on Owen Field. Pelini often thinks of Ron Stoops Sr.

You rarely catch Bob Stoops in a reflective mood. But he’ll usually make an exception for his hometown, and tonight’s Youngstown Bowl, a Big Red matchup of coaches from Cardinal Mooney High School, offers more tales about the people and place that so impacted Oklahoma.

Pelini, 40, grew up friends with Mark Stoops, the youngest of the brothers. He coached with Bob at OU in 2004. Pelini still talks regularly with Ron Stoops Jr., who is coaching back at Cardinal Mooney.

Pelini sees the father in the sons.

"Everybody liked him, everybody respected him,” Pelini said.

Ron Sr. coached his boys and the Pelini boys at Cardinal Mooney, where he was defensive coordinator for 23 years, before he died in 1988 of a heart attack at age 54.

"Great family man,” Pelini said. "Devoted husband. Great person. Great role model.

"Great to be around. He used to play with us in gym class.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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Nine men have coached at both OU and Nebraska:

→1. Biff Jones: head coach at OU 1935-36 (9-6-3) and Nebraska 1937-41 (28-14-4).

→2. Gomer Jones: assistant at Nebraska 1946 and assistant at OU 1947-63, head coach at OU 1964-65 (9-11-1).

→3. Bill Jennings: assistant at OU 1947-53 and assistant at Nebraska 1956, head coach at Nebraska 1957-61 (15-34-1).

→4. Pete Elliot: assistant at OU 1950-55 and head coach at Nebraska 1956 (4-6).

→5. Dee Andros: assistant at OU 1952 and Nebraska 1956.

→6. Jerry Pettibone: assistant at OU 1971-77 and assistant at Nebraska 1980-81.

→7. John Blake: assistant at OU 1989-92, head coach at OU 1996-98 (12-22) and assistant at Nebraska 2004-06.

→8. Bo Pelini: assistant at Nebraska 2003, head coach at Nebraska 2008 (5-3) and assistant at OU 2004.

→9. Jay Norvell: assistant at Nebraska 2004-06 and assistant at OU 2008.

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