Before Prentice Gautt became an Academic All-American, broke down race barriers at the University of Oklahoma or played in the NFL, he was senior class president at Douglass High School.
Before he worked for the Big 12 Conference and before he became the main player on Oklahoma's first integrated high school football team, Gautt attended Page Woodson Elementary.
In October, Gautt will be recognized by The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools as one of four inductees on its Wall of Fame, an award that honors people with deep ties to the city school district and celebrates the “long, rich history of the Oklahoma City Public Schools.”
The three other 2012 honorees are Timothy D. DeGiust, Joyce Henderson and Thom Shanker.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED NAMES OU PLAYERS ALL-AMERICAN
Sports Illustrated's college football editorial team released its 2012 preseason All-American teams on Tuesday. Five teams and 11 players were selected from the Big 12. No player from Oklahoma was named to the first team, but two were on the second team: junior center Gabe Ikard and junior safety Tony Jefferson. Only one player from the Big 12 made the first team, Oklahoma State kicker Quinn Sharp.
It's a while before Oklahoma and Notre Dame play, Oct. 27 in Norman, but the Irish have a quarterback derby. Everett Golson and Andrew Hendrix are apparently neck-in-neck in the Notre Dame race. Previous starter Tommy Reese was suspended after he tried to flee an off-campus party in May. Notre Dame needed a front runner for its opener vs. Navy in Dublin, Ireland.
Golson and Hendrix have seen equal amount of reps during practice, according to coach Brian Kelly. Last week, Kelly hadn't decided on who he wants as starter. Kelly said he was going to give it to the guy he could trust to not turn over the ball.
Golson, a sophomore, threw for 11,000 yards and 151 TDs in high school at Myrtle Beach (S.C.). He has seen no game time as at Notre Dame.
Hendrix is a junior who played five games last season. He had a 78-yard touchdown run and threw two interceptions.
“It's 1-A, 1-B. Both have made great progress,” Kelly said.
MARK MANGINO'S POSSIBLE RETURN
Former Kansas coach and OU offensive coordinator Mark Mangino is looking to return to college football. Recently, Mangino made stops at NFL camps and Ohio State University, where he caught up with friends Urban Meyer and Ed Warinner, the Buckeyes' offensive line coach who worked for Mangino at Kansas.
“I like what I see,” Mangino said during a break in practice. “I see a lot of enthusiasm out here.”
Mangino, who was fired by KU in 2009, has spent his time away from football to take care of his wife, who has breast cancer.