Today, the Sooners finally came to town, though showed up 30 minutes late because of some hangup on the tarmac.
Bob Stoops, Jermaine Gresham, Gerald McCoy and Heisman winner Sam Bradford represented the Sooners. Missouri, Baylor and Kansas were also in the house.
Sam looked as comfortable with a media horde as I can remember since I began covering him in 2007. I know events like this make Sam uneasy because he hates having the attention on him, but he handled it well.
He even opened up about a funny story about having to sign a 2-month old baby recently.
“We had to ask someone to go and get a pen, so the baby was just sitting there for a couple of minutes,” he said. “”I actually signed, I think, on its one-piece (outfit). I’d never pictured that happening before. They placed it on the table. It was a little odd.”
Bradford also spoke glowingly about Texas QB Colt McCoy, with whom he has developed a budding friendship over the last year. I believe as of this time last year, the two had never talked, save for the postgame of the 2007 OU-Texas game. But with the National Awards, the Heisman, and summer camps like the Manning camp earlier this month have allowed the two to develop a close bond. Frankly, the two QBs are very similar in personality, so it’s easy to see why they’ve hit it off so well.
Check out this YouTube video already posted today of Sam being interviewed (with a couple of questions about OU-Texas in there from yours truly)
After the Sooners were done talking, the media got a tour of Jerry’s World, the Cowboys new $1.4 billion stadium. The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel wrote about it, but here are some quick thoughts about the stadium:
* In addition to the height of the stadium, the video board is the first thing you notice. It’s mammoth. Makes OU’s look like a GameBoy. It suspends from the roof from the 25 to 25-yard line, and because it comes in at a tilt, there seems to be an optical illusion that the board is closer to you than it really is. Also, it hangs very low to field, about 90 feet, which means it’s only a few feet away from getting hit with punt. Our tour guide said the official rule is that if a punt catches the board, the play is done over again.
* The stadium is really nice, chairback seats throughout, awesome concessions, 3,000 flat-screen TVs. We’ll have a lot more on this stadium in the coming weeks, but I was pretty dazzled on first impression.
Other observations from the day:
* McCoy believes the Sooner defense has the potential to be the best in the nation. Best, maybe not. But certainly, they have the tools to be a dominant one, especially with players like McCoy up front.
* Baylor has a buzz around its program right now and that was evident today with the attention surrounding sophomore QB Robert Griffin. Look for Baylor to make its first bowl in Big 12 history this year.
* It’s amazing that Kansas QB Todd Reesing is so effective considering his 5-foot-11, slender frame. If he wasn’t wearing his KU polo, you’d assume he was with the daily newspaper.
* Missouri doesn’t fire me up this year. But as The Oklahoman’s Brandon Chatmon wrote, this is a test to see whether Missouri has a program that can sustain success in the muddled Big 12 North.