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OU football: Can Landry and the Sooners escape SI’s jinx?

Anthony Slater Published: August 15, 2012

By Anthony Slater – aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater

Sports Illustrated’s college football regional covers were released Wednesday and (what do you know?) Landry Jones is gracing the Midwest version again.

The good news for OU? Already labeled as the poster boy of the program, Jones has been cast in the same role for this area of the country.

The bad news? Voodoo fans would warn of the vaunted Sports Illustrated jinx.

The symptom: Players who grace the magazine’s cover are destined to experience some bout of bad luck or misfortune soon after. It may not be as potent as the Madden curse, but there’s been plenty of SI examples to warrant a warning.

Here’s an extensive list compiled by Wikipedia. A recent example:

“In August 2010, three University of Texas football players were featured on a regional cover of SI noting a defense worthy of ‘winning it all.’ Starting the season ranked fifth, the Longhorns would finish the season 5-7, making them ineligible for the college football postseason. Five of those losses came at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, their home field.”

And the jinx plays no favorites. Over the past few years, it has laid victim to both of the Bedlam rivals.

Last year, Landry Jones was also the Midwest region cover boy. And despite what the stats say (10-3 season, 4,463 passing yards for Jones), the program-wide disappointment has been widely documented.

And in 2009, with sparkling renovations completed on Boone Pickens Stadium, OSU quarterback Zac Robinson graced the preseason cover. After a huge week one win over Georgia, and the Cowboys up to #5 in the polls, SI went for the double dip, featuring Dez Bryant on the cover. From there, OSU was upset by Houston at home and Bryant was infamously suspended for the season by the NCAA.

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