It was the first football practice following spring break, but both the OU men’s and women’s hoops teams making the Sweet 16 was a hot topic for the football coaches and players.
“I wish we weren’t practicing or I’d try and go to some games,” coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday. “I just want to wish them the best of luck. Coach Coale and her staff and all her ladies and of course Jeff and the basketball team and their whole staff – they’re both real proud and they’ve played great. They really look like they’re playing at a great level right now which is great to see. I just wish them the best of luck. I’ll be rooting for them.”
Stoops said he’s grown fond of watching how Capel manages his team and conducts himself during games.
“He’s the best,” Stoops said. “I watch him and his team always plays hard and I think he manages the game well and I don’t know anything about it but he seems to call timeouts at the right times. I see him in some frustrating calls and he makes his point and moves on. You can tell he doesn’t belabor it or let it affect his team, his emotions and the way he may feel about it.”
After that, the topic of conversation veered toward who would outfit a starting five comprised of OU football players.
“We’d have a good team, you know?” said Stoops. “You think about it and Sam (Bradford), of course, was a great player and played with Taylor and Blake (Griffin) and I believe Dom (Franks) was their point guard on their AAU team. And then you throw Jermaine Gresham in there and he could play with about anybody.”
As for who would be the fifth player, a debate ensued. Stoops didn’t think much of the suggestion that Adrian Taylor, a defensive tackle, could make the team.
Instead, Stoops went with wide receiver Adron Tennell, who actually was an outstanding basketball player in high school.
But fellow defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said his head coach wasn’t giving enough credit to the big men.
“That’s wrong. You’ve got to have a big body in the middle,” McCoy said. “You’ve got to have a big man.”
“Adrian can play. You need a big man, so I would Adrian in there.”
By Jake Trotter