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Sooner football needs bowl practices

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 27, 2013 at 3:23 pm •  Published: November 23, 2009

If Oklahoma loses Bedlam on Saturday, the Sooners fall to 6-6 in a year in which they started out ranked No. 3 in America. Some say OU should decline a bowl bid, if that occurs.

The let’s-stiff-the-bowls idea is a quaint old notion that some teams once did. OU decided not to go bowling after an 8-4 record in 1983 that ended with a victory in Hawaii. The Sooners apparently figured that was their bowl game.

Anyway, here’s the truth about not going to a bowl game. It’s a stupid concept.

Whatever you think about bowl games, be they to San Diego’s beaches or Shreveport’s casinos, they provide invaluable extra practice. A bowl team gets 15 practices after its regular season is over.

Think about that. An entire extra spring practice. Some of those workouts are on campus and some are at the bowl site. But it’s an amazing boost for a program wanting to develop its young players, which frankly, OU needs more than ever.

Sam Bradford’s rocket rise as a quarterback was first detected in 2006 December workouts, when the Sooners were preparing for Boise State.

Those practices are no small thing. The Sooners would be foolish to turn them down.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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