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From NT: Transferring OU TE speaks

Travis Haney Published: January 26, 2012
Austin Haywood
Austin Haywood

CAMPUS CORNER — Some good stuff in this story about Austin Haywood from the Norman Transcript.

Of particular interest to me, though you had to read a ways to find it, was Haywood accepting blame for how things turned out at OU.

“The main reason was I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to do,” Haywood said. “I just had a bad attitude about things. It was my fault it didn’t work out.”

It’s nice to hear young people – heck, anyone – taking responsibility. We reported that, as a final straw, Haywood got into a shouting match with his position coach, Bruce Kittle. He left the team, attempted to come back and then ultimately told us he was heading to Central Arkansas.

I thought the Central Arkansas coach’s comment about what happened at OU was interesting, also.

“It was addressed directly,” Clint Conque said. “We are all human. We all make mistakes. But we live in a society of second opportunities. But his situation at Oklahoma was addressed directly.”

Tight end already would have been a recruiting priority for the Sooners, who lost James Hanna and Trent Ratterree to graduation, but Haywood’s departure made it an even bigger need. Freshman Taylor McNamara, who was cleared Wednesday for enrollment, is expected to help, as is JUCO transfer Brannon Green. OU is still targeting other tight ends, both in the 2012 and 2013 classes.

= Trav

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