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32 years and counting…

by Doug Hoke Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm •  Published: September 19, 2009

Recently I covered the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Boone Pickens Stadium at OSU before the Georgia game. Not one to normally be nostalgic, I none-the-less started thinking back about the 32 years I’ve been covering football at OSU and OU too. Maybe it was wearing the 1970′s denim photo vest that staffer John Clanton and his wife Julie had dared me to wear. I accepted and then went full retro (except using digital cameras instead of film). See photo. I somehow convinced Epperson’s Photo of how smart it would be for them to give me the vest, since I was such an important photographer! LOL

during the college football game between OSU and the University of Georgia at Boone Pickens Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman.
during the college football game between OSU and the University of Georgia at Boone Pickens Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman.
OSU coach Mike Gundy and OSU president Burns Hargis watch as Boone Pickens cuts the ribbon to officially open the new stadium before the college football game between OSU and the University of Georgia at Boone Pickens Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman. ORG XMIT: KOD
OSU coach Mike Gundy and OSU president Burns Hargis watch as Boone Pickens cuts the ribbon to officially open the new stadium before the college football game between OSU and the University of Georgia at Boone Pickens Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman. ORG XMIT: KOD

When I started coming to Stillwater for The Oklahoman the stadium was not much more than rusty bleachers and now it is one of the finest facilities in the Big 12 if not the country. As I made my way through the press box and worked the sidelines there were only 5 faces I saw that had been around as long. Mike Holder who was golf coach back then is now the Athletic Director. Pat Quinn was the SID when I started, but long since retired. Dr. Cooper is still patrolling the sidelines as is Steve Ingram, an OSU campus police officer who I have seen just about every season. And John Biever with Sports Illustrated was at the game too.

Not many working peers left, but lots of athletes in front of the lens. A few stand out. The best receiver I ever covered was Hart Lee Dykes. The guy could catch anything thrown his direction. Speaking of throwing, another OSU player named Mike Gundy stands out. Don’t know if he’s the best, but I have covered him at MWC high school, OSU as a player and now a coach. That’s history.

OSU COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Hart Lee Dykes is congratulated by teammates after a touchdown in 1988 against Texas A&M.
OSU COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Hart Lee Dykes is congratulated by teammates after a touchdown in 1988 against Texas A&M.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: "OSU head coach Pat Jones, left, talks with an assistant coach as quarterback Mike Gundy looks on Saturday" during the Oklahoma State University-Texas A&M game in Stillwater.  The Cowboys won handily, 52-15. Staff photo by Doug Hoke taken 9/24/88; photo ran in the 9/25/88 Daily Oklahoman.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: "OSU head coach Pat Jones, left, talks with an assistant coach as quarterback Mike Gundy looks on Saturday" during the Oklahoma State University-Texas A&M game in Stillwater. The Cowboys won handily, 52-15. Staff photo by Doug Hoke taken 9/24/88; photo ran in the 9/25/88 Daily Oklahoman.
Coach Mike Gundy talks with an official during the college football game between OSU and the University of Georgia at Boone Pickens Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman. ORG XMIT: KOD
Coach Mike Gundy talks with an official during the college football game between OSU and the University of Georgia at Boone Pickens Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman. ORG XMIT: KOD

Thurman Thomas and a guy named Barry Sanders are near the top of the running back list. But my favorite all time running back to photograph was Billy Sims. I just like the way he glided around the field. Add two other Heisman winners, Jason White and Sam Bradford and that’s four Heisman players I’ve covered.

A couple of others who stand out are Brian Bosworth and Adrian Peterson. Bosworth played with passion and Peterson is, well, AD. I’m horrible with names, so I’m sure there are others I should mention, especially members of OSU’s swarming defenses over the years that I made iconic images of.



OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / COWBOYS FOOTBALL / OSU: Barry Sanders 89 yard TD, outruns the Miami of Ohio defense. Staff Photo by Doug Hoke
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / COWBOYS FOOTBALL / OSU: Barry Sanders 89 yard TD, outruns the Miami of Ohio defense. Staff Photo by Doug Hoke
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA: 1/2/79. Orange Bowl. OU-Nebraska.   Oklahoma halfback Billy Sims outruns Nebraska's Jim Pillen on his way to his first Orange Bowl touchdown as the Sooners downed the Huskers 31-24 in Miami.  Staff photo by Doug Hoke taken 1/1/79; photo ran in the 1/2/79 Daily Oklahoman. File:  College Football/OU/OU-Nebraska/Orange Bowl/Billy Sims/1979
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA: 1/2/79. Orange Bowl. OU-Nebraska. Oklahoma halfback Billy Sims outruns Nebraska's Jim Pillen on his way to his first Orange Bowl touchdown as the Sooners downed the Huskers 31-24 in Miami. Staff photo by Doug Hoke taken 1/1/79; photo ran in the 1/2/79 Daily Oklahoman. File: College Football/OU/OU-Nebraska/Orange Bowl/Billy Sims/1979
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: University of Oklahoma vs Baylor University in Norman, Okla. on Saturday October 20, 2001. OU quarterback Jason White scrambles looking for a receiver late in the game. Staff photo by Doug Hoke.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: University of Oklahoma vs Baylor University in Norman, Okla. on Saturday October 20, 2001. OU quarterback Jason White scrambles looking for a receiver late in the game. Staff photo by Doug Hoke.
8/31/04. Oklahoma City. Sam Bradford, Putnam City North, high school football. Staff photo by Doug Hoke.
8/31/04. Oklahoma City. Sam Bradford, Putnam City North, high school football. Staff photo by Doug Hoke.
during the first half of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, in Stillwater, Okla. 


STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE
during the first half of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, in Stillwater, Okla. STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE

After a week off for a wedding, I’m back in Stillwater today covering the game with Rice. Please, no rain! I’m starting to feel old.

-Doug Hoke

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Director of Photography Doug Hoke started his career at The Oklahoman and Times as a part-timer December 1976. After just his third semester at Central State University (now University of Central Oklahoma). Hoke was moved onto the full-time staff...
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