When Tulsa sportscaster Chris Plank arrived in Oklahoma in 1993, he said he immediately got caught up in the OU football frenzy even though he was a University of Tulsa student at the time. “I thought this was awesome, and I have been kind of addicted ever since,” Plank said. “It really hit me in the face just how passionate their following was.” Plank, program director at Tulsa sports stations KTBZ-AM 1430 and KAKC-AM 1300, will get a chance to see the program up close this fall as the new sideline reporter on the OU radio broadcasts. He replaces Toby Rowland, who was promoted to play-by-play announcer. Plank auditioned for the job as the sideline reporter for the spring game. He said he enjoyed working with Rowland for the first time. “It’s kind of cliché; we really clicked,” he said. “I could kind of pick up on his cadence and I think he had a good feel for mine. It was pretty natural.” Plank, 36, and Rowland, 37, will bring more youth to the broadcast, working with veteran analyst Merv Johnson, 75, who will return for his 13th season in the booth. Rowland replaced Bob Barry Sr., 80, who retired after the basketball season. “Chris has worked for us on various broadcasts and obviously we've known about his work in Tulsa and his national appearances with Fox,” OU athletic spokesman Kenny Mossman said. “He’ll be an asset with a good presence on the air and professional delivery.” Plank said he can’t wait to start his new job in covering the highly ranked Sooners, and is especially looking forward to the trip to Florida State on Sept. 17. “I am real excited, not just because they are going to be good and not just because they are going to be fun to follow, but because I have so much respect for Bob Stoops and what he’s accomplished,” he said. “I’m real excited to see him and how he does business.” In addition to his sideline role, Plank will host the 45-minute pregame show and handle postgame interviews from the Sooner locker room. Plank has worked for KTBZ since graduating from TU in 1997. He co-hosts the “Big Show” from 2-6 p.m. weekdays on KTBZ with Jeremie Poplin. He also has done play-by-play and sideline reporting for Cox Communications and has served as the play-by-play radio announcer for Jenks and Bixby high schools. For two years, he was the host of Fox Sports Radio's overnight show, “Third Shift,” which was fed to 200 affiliates. Although he grew up in Wood River, Ill., just outside of St. Louis, Plank said the Cardinals aren’t his favorite baseball team. “There is this odd thing about me, that I’m a West Coast homer. I love the Dodgers. I love the Lakers. I’m the biggest Raiders fan you’ll ever meet,” he said. Plank and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Will, 7, and Emma, 2.