Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' Tuesday evening show, “Sooner Sports Talk,” is a call-in show no more.
The one-hour broadcast, available on the radio and, as of this season, on Sooner Sports TV has discontinued the ability for fans to call and speak to Stoops and host Toby Rowland directly.
Stoops said he decided to stop taking fan calls after realizing that several other college coaches were no longer doing it.
“I got to talking to (Texas Tech coach) Tommy Tuberville; he goes, ‘Shoot it's been two, three years,'” Stoops said Wednesday.
“I said, ‘How come you didn't call and tell me?' He said, ‘I should've.'
“Just because we may lose a game isn't going to give someone the right to call it what they want if I don't agree with the perception or if I don't feel it's correct. I don't have to sit there and take it, whether it's a fan or whether it's a media person.”
HARRIS: ‘WE'RE NOT PEAKING'
Last season, Oklahoma played arguably its most complete game when it routed Texas in the Cotton Bowl.
Senior safety Javon Harris said the Sooners peaked that day, but that players are working to make sure that doesn't happen again after last weekend's 63-21 Texas blowout.
Two weeks after beating Texas in 2011, the Sooners lost at home to heavy underdog Texas Tech, and added two more losses before the season was over.
“Guys are taking more time to watch film, taking more time to know our opponents,” Harris said. “We did peak (against Texas in 2011), and this year we're not peaking. I think we're really just getting started.”
MILLARD HAS BEEN HURDLING OPPONENTS SINCE HIGH SCHOOL
EA Sports has yet to release a new game with a Trey Millard function.
That doesn't mean you won't see him pull out the Millard High Life, his hurdle — sometimes added in with a block — during the game against Kansas.
Millard has been hurdling people since high school. The first time he did it, he said he kind of hurt himself.
He doesn't know why he keeps doing it. The first time he did it, he didn't even realize it happened. That's the same thing he said after last Saturday's game, in which he hurdled one defender and then stiff-armed another.
After seeing those hurdles, people have told him his flexibility would be good on a track, but he's going to stick to the football field.
He's only been stopped once. That was in high school, when he didn't quite clear the defender.
“I was getting close to the sideline,” Millard sad. “I didn't know what to do so I just kind of jumped and didn't really work out.”
JONES IS FINALIST FOR CLASS AWARD
Oklahoma senior quarterback Landry Jones is one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award for college football.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — community, classroom, character and competition.
Jones owns several Oklahoma school records for quarterbacks, including wins (33), passing yards (13,732), completions (1,135) and touchdown passes (102).
Jones' 33rd career win came last weekend, in a 63-21 rout of Texas at the Cotton Bowl, when he broke two-time national champion Steve Davis' wins record.
Senior defensive end R.J. Washington, when asked if Mike Stoops' furious reaction to mistakes is different for Sooner defenders:
“If you saw coach (Brent) Venables, he did the exact same thing. ... If you're messing up, they're gonna let you know, regardless of who the coach is.
“There was never a point when they were like, ‘Hey, you know, you missed that tackle. Try to get out there and do that next time.' That has never. Ever. Ever happened here. It's Oklahoma. We're expected to make great plays.”