Stoops stands by ManginoKansas coach Mark Mangino has faced criticism this week under allegations that he emotionally and physically abused his players, and had problems controlling his anger. The Jayhawks’ five-game losing streak hasn’t helped his case, but Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops stuck by his former assistant. "He always has been very close with his guys and very concerned about them, compassionate about them,” Stoops said. "All the times I’ve been with him, very close with his guys.” Mangino served as the Sooners’ offensive coordinator from 2000-01 and was the offensive line coach in 1999.
Stoops OK Either way with anthemStoops said he has no preference over what fans yell at the end of the national anthem. Typically, the word "brave” has been replaced by the word "Sooners.” "Whatever 85,000 people feel is necessary to do, that’s their right,” Stoops said. "I’m not much of a politician, but I do believe everybody respects country, what it stands for, the national anthem, all of that. I believe in my heart, regardless of what they say on the last word.”
Caleb, Simmons, Evans practiceJunior receiver Brandon Caleb, senior offensive lineman Brian Simmons and freshman offensive lineman Tyler Evans all continued practicing on Wednesday. Caleb has dressed for the past two games after suffering an ankle injury, but has yet to play. Simmons injured his knee against Baylor and has missed the last five games. Evans aggravated an ankle injury against Texas A&M, and his status this week was questionable.
Jones wants Miller more involvedSophomore receiver Dejuan Miller had just two catches against the Aggies, the fewest he’s had in three games. In that three-game stretch, Miller had 17 catches for 187 yards, but racked up only 20 yards in the win over Texas A&M. "Dejuan’s a big, big target out there, a big physical guy,” said quarterback Landry Jones. "Obviously, when he gets the ball in his hands, he’s tough to bring down. We need to get him more involved in the offense. He’s a big player for us, and I think in the future you’ll see him come up big for us.”
OU last in Big 12 in graduation ratesOklahoma’s football team had the worst graduation rates in the Big 12 under the most recent data released by the NCAA. According to figures released Wednesday by the NCAA, only 45 percent of the football players who enrolled at Oklahoma between 1999 and 2002 earned their degrees within six years. Federal data that does not factor in players who transfer or enrolled at mid-year puts Oklahoma’s graduation rate for that period at 37 percent, also the lowest in the Big 12. The NCAA’s calculations put the Sooners fifth in the Big 12 with a 57 percent graduation rate in men’s basketball and 10th in the conference with a 73-percent rate in women’s basketball.
QuotableJunior defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, on the Texas Tech fan tradition of throwing tortillas: "They throw tortillas? Better not throw me one, I’ll eat it. They should throw chicken.” BY DAVID UBBEN AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS