Among the visitors to Cowboys Stadium on Friday were Bob Stoops' boyhood best friend, Jerry Williams, and older brother, Ron Stoops Jr.
The Big 12 title game is a Youngstown, Ohio, celebration, with both Bob Stoops and Nebraska coach Bo Pelini hailing from Youngstown's Cardinal Mooney High School.
Who's Youngstown pulling for?
â€œDepends on which family you know best,â€ said Williams, who along with Stoops as kids painted their shoes silver to mimic 1970s OU star Joe Washington.
Pelini said: â€œThey're probably hoping it's a tie, but I don't think that's going to happen. We obviously share a lot of mutual friends.â€
Bob Stoops said, â€œNot bad for a couple of poor kids from the south side ... the good part of it, when you're in a game like this, one of you has to win, so one of you is going to have a championship.â€
Stoops and Williams graduated from Cardinal Mooney with Pelini's older brother, Vince, whom Stoops called the wildest of the entire Youngstown bunch.
Ron Stoops Jr. wasn't convinced: â€œThat's like flipping a coin.â€
Wilson a candidate?
Stoops said that offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson did not interview for the Indiana coaching job, contrary to various reports.
â€œThat's not true; he's not been contacted,â€ Stoops said.
A private jet took off from Indianapolis on Friday and landed at OU's Westheimer Airport at 8:35 a.m., but it is not known who was aboard.
Wilson has been widely speculated as a leading candidate at Indiana, which this week fired coach Bill Lynch. ESPN.com reported Wilson is considered a leading candidate, along with Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell.
More Big 12 title games?
The Huskers are headed for the Big Ten after this season, and the Big 12 will be down to 10 schools, but Bo Pelini predicted the conference championship game would return.
â€œI think it's probably the last one maybe for a year or two, but I don't think this will be the last Big 12 championship,â€ Pelini said. â€œThe conference will keep thriving. It will probably add ... I wouldn't be surprised if you see a Big 12 Championship come back around here pretty quick.â€
Said Stoops: â€œIf there are more, that will be great. If there aren't, that will be great, too. So it will pretty much be great one way or the other.â€
Can't bear to watch
Stoops said he did not watch his brother Mike's team, Arizona, lose to Arizona State 30-29 in overtime Thursday night. â€œI can't,â€ Bob Stoops said. â€œI'm saving my energy for tomorrow night.â€
Not the same Jones
OU's Landry Jones threw five interceptions in a 10-3 loss at Nebraska last season but is a much more accomplished quarterback this season.
â€œIt's not even comparable,â€ Stoops said.
Pelini agreed: â€œHe's a different football player ... good decision-maker ... very accurate.â€
Pelini address penalties
Penalties against Nebraska â€” and lack of penalties against Husker foes â€” have been a sore spot for NU fans and Pelini this season.
But Pelini downplayed the situation Friday.
â€œThat stuff is blown out of proportion,â€ Pelini said. â€œCoaches aren't perfect. There's never been a referee that's been perfect. It's human error. And things happen. It's an emotional game. It's a competitive game.â€