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Oklahoma football: A look inside the Sooners' Harlem Shake video

After practice Tuesday, Bob Stoops shut down Jenkins Avenue, called in Sooner legends and cheerleaders, and OU did the Harlem Shake. Find out whose idea it was, and who was wearing what. (Well, some of them at least.)
by Jason Kersey Published: March 16, 2013

— Aaron Colvin and some teammates sat in Oklahoma's locker room, laughing at YouTube clips of the latest Internet pop-culture phenomenon.

A shirtless LeBron James in a king's crown, Dwyane Wade in a bear costume and Chris Bosh in a cowboy hat and bathrobe, clutching a gold boom box with his left arm.

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self drew up plays on a white board, erased them and wrote “HARLEM SHAKE!!!” before his squad danced around — star guard Ben McLemore in a chicken costume — its locker room.

The OU players showed those videos to coach Bob Stoops.

“He said, ‘Aw, yeah. We've gotta do that,'” Colvin remembered, doing his best Stoops impression.

So after practice Tuesday, Stoops shut down Jenkins Avenue, called in Sooner legends and cheerleaders, and OU did the Harlem Shake.

The videos — which are set to Baauer's 2012 song “Harlem Shake” — generally begin with one person dancing alone, with others around him not paying attention for about 15 seconds. Then the video cuts to a huge crowd dancing sporadically and wearing funny costumes.

The sensation began in early February, and by Valentine's Day, around 40,000 versions of the viral sensation had been uploaded to YouTube, according to the website's YouTube Trends blog. At that time, the videos had been viewed 175 million times.

Oklahoma shot its video Tuesday at Heisman Park, just east of the football stadium. As the Sooners are lined up stretching, with Stoops standing before them, Colvin rises from his stretch wearing an alien head and dances around between his teammates.

When the video cuts, Steve Owens is dancing on his own Heisman statue. Billy Sims is wearing a giant Afro wig. Roy Williams sports — what else? — a red Superman cape.

Front and center is legendary coach Barry Switzer, in a fur coat with the OU-Texas Golden Hat atop his head.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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