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OU football notebook: Monday's practice open to the public

DAVID UBBEN Modified: August 17, 2009 at 10:20 am •  Published: August 17, 2009
Monday’s practice will be open to the public. Last Thursday was the first time coach Bob Stoops opened this year’s fall preseason camp to the public, and a few hundred fans showed up to the OU Rugby Fields to get sneak peek at the Sooners.

"We want (fans) to be able to watch to some degree,” said Stoops. "I feel like we’re doing the right things. You want to be able to enjoy it when we can.”

Practice is scheduled for 6 p.m., and fans will be allowed to stay through the first hour. In the event of inclement weather, practice will be moved indoors and closed to the public.

Playing to the fans
During Thursday’s open practice, Stoops roused the crowd on at least one occasion, pleading for vocal approval for some of the lesser-appreciated members of his team.

"They only cheer when there’s an offensive play. If the defense intercepts the ball, they’re all quiet over there, or if a kicker makes a nice-looking 53-yard field goal,” Stoops said. "I was just kidding, trying to get a little response out of them.”


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