Iowa State assistant Kenith Pope's boss reminds him of his own college football coach.
Pope, who was an Oklahoma defensive back in the early 1970s, has coached Iowa State running backs for the past four years under Paul Rhoads.
“Barry (Switzer) was a very energetic guy, and he does remind me of Coach Rhoads,” Pope said in a telephone interview with The Oklahoman.
“(Switzer) knew what to say, he knew how to motivate you each week, and he was fun to be around. ... (Rhoads is) a special guy and has a special way of motivating young men, and that was the same way with Coach Switzer.”
Pope, who has been an assistant coach all over the country during his two-decade career, said he loves working for Rhoads because of his energy and enthusiasm, which has shown through in passionate postgame speeches after big wins.
“I am so proud to be your coach!” Rhoads tells players in the online videos that went viral.
“What you see is really what he is,” Pope said. “He is that way all the time, and all the players know this is real. Everything about Coach Rhoads is real.”
KING WILL, IF NECESSARY, BEGRUDGINGLY CHEER FOR TEXAS
Senior defensive lineman David King said he harbors no disdain for any team on Oklahoma's schedule ... with one exception.
“I don't have any hate for any team, outside of Texas,” King said with a laugh.
He's got no problem pulling Saturday for Oklahoma State to upset Kansas State, or for any other team to beat the Wildcats until they've clinched the Big 12 championship.
Kansas State, still unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the BCS Standings, beat Oklahoma 24-19 on Sept. 22. The Wildcats would have to lose two conference games — and the Sooners would have to win out — for Oklahoma to be conference champion.
If the Sooners don't lose again, and the Wildcats lose one before their Dec. 1 season finale against Texas, would King be able to cheer for the Longhorns?
“Well then yeah, I'm gonna cheer for Texas,” King said. “That's probably the only time you'll see me wear a Longhorn hat.”
STOOPS: HURST LUCKY CRANE COLLISION WASN'T MORE SERIOUS
During the Sooners' loss to Notre Dame on Saturday, Demontre Hurst ran out of bounds and into a metal rig that serves as the base of a television camera crane.
Coach Bob Stoops said Hurst wasn't hurt, but it could have been a lot worse.
“I said walking off the field to our trainer Scott Anderson, ‘We need to not complain, but everywhere, they need to have more padding, make sure a player can't slide underneath one of those contraptions, they need to be safer on what they put on the field.'” Stoops said.
“Hopefully they're really investing in the safety of equipment that's on the field.”
PART III OF DVD SERIES SET FOR NOV. 12 PREMIERE
“The History of Oklahoma Football Part III: Dynasty of Championships” will premiere Monday, Nov. 12 at the Warren Theatre in Moore.
The third in a four-part DVD series, this edition focuses on OU football during the Chuck Fairbanks and Barry Switzer eras, spanning from 1964-89.
There will be two separate screenings, beginning at 7 p.m., with a total running time of approximately three hours. Admission is $8, and seating is limited. The DVD will be available for purchase the week of Nov. 19, and will sell for $19.95.
“Part 1: Birth of a Champion” was released in 2010; it chronicled the program from 1895 through 1946.
“Part II: Legacy of Winning” covered the Bud Wilkinson era, from 1947-63. It was released in 2011.