After Oklahoma won the 2000 softball national championship, coach Patty Gasso told football coach Bob Stoops that he should win a title, too, so they could visit the White House together.
Stoops' football team won the national championship several months later, and they both met the president.
Earlier this month, Gasso's squad won another national title.
“She hit me again ... she said she got her part done,” Stoops told the cheering crowd at last week's Sooner Caravan event in Wichita, Kan. “We're gonna work on it, for sure.”
STOOPS PROUD OF FIRST-ROUND PICK
Stoops took questions from the crowd at last week's Wichita Caravan, and was asked by one fan to describe an NFL success story that he's particularly proud of.
The OU coach chose Lane Johnson, the offensive tackle who was picked fourth overall by the Philadelphia Eagles two months ago.
Johnson was a junior-college quarterback turned tight end, then switched to defensive end at OU before landing on the offensive line between his sophomore and junior seasons.
He made a meteoric rise up NFL Draft boards as his senior season progressed, then rose even higher after shining at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine.
“As soon as we made the switch, he got the hang of it really quick,” Stoops said. “We started seeing him in games, and in my mind, I'm like, ‘I've watched this a long time ... this guy's a top two round pick.
“Then as the year went by, I said, ‘He's going earlier than that.'”
QB DECISION CAN WAIT
One fan in Wichita wrote a question for Stoops as “Blake Bell-asario.”
“When are you gonna name a starting quarterback? The suspense is killing me,” the question read.
Stoops laughed before responding that his track record of quarterback development suggests long, ongoing competition usually produces the greatest results.
“I'm saying this in a humble and positive way — not in a cocky way — that we've won eight Big 12 championships with six different quarterbacks,” Stoops said. “We believe in competition. We believe the team respects the guy that has earned it over a period of time, hasn't been just tossed to him.”
Junior Blake Bell, sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight are competing to be the Sooners' starting quarterback next season.