New Dallas Cowboys' stadium could host OU season opener

By Jake Trotter Modified: December 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm •  Published: December 22, 2008
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NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops didn’t come out and say that his Sooners would play Brigham Young in the 2009 season-opener in the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium.

But his comments Monday suggested an agreement could be announced in the coming days.

“Has that been released?” Stoops said when asked about playing BYU. "All I can say is that I know they were working on it.

“I’m sure it would be exciting for our fans to go down and be in that great stadium. And the players we have in Texas and playing a great BYU team would be incredibly exciting.”

The Sooners already have non-conference agreements in place to play Tulsa in Norman and Miami in Dolphin Stadium.

“(BYU would be) another challenging part of the schedule as well. I think what (Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones is doing down there is incredibly exciting and I know all of us, players and coaches, and the fans as well would be fired up to go down to that environment and experience that."

Stoops said the BYU matchup would count as a home game for OU, but that the Sooners would still play six games at Owen Field.

Last week, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe didn’t deny speculation about potentially playing the Sooners.

“Right now, it is pretty obvious there are a lot of things that are going on,” Holmoe told reporters.

Monday, Stoops also squashed rampant Internet rumors that offensive tackle Phil Loadholt and free safety Lendy Holmes would be ineligible for the BCS National Championship.

Loadholt and Holmes were available to the media Monday and both confirmed they’re good to go for the title game.