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Barry Switzer calls for a Selmon brothers statue at OU

Jenni Carlson: Three former Sooners represent everything that is good in college athletics.
by Jenni Carlson Published: August 16, 2011

/articleid/3595211/1/pictures/1488762">Photo - 2011 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inductees Lucious Selmon, John Starks, Boone Pickens and Crystal Robinson pose for a photo at the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Museum on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. Photo by Zach Gray, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
2011 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inductees Lucious Selmon, John Starks, Boone Pickens and Crystal Robinson pose for a photo at the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Museum on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. Photo by Zach Gray, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
In a program that has won seven national championships and produced 74 consensus All-Americans, the pickings are plentiful.

But here’s the thing — just because you honor the Selmons doesn’t mean you have to honor every Sooner All-American.

There’s a monument to George Washington and a memorial to Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C., but that doesn’t mean they’re drawing up plans for shrines dedicated to Bill Clinton or George Bush.

Like Washington and Lincoln among U.S. presidents, the Selmon brothers are special among Sooners. There are few others like them. Consensus All-Americans. Outstanding students. Even better people. Frankly, if anyone’s looking for a starting point for Sooner statues, that should be it.

Call it the Selmon standard.

Use that selective criteria, and the campus would hardly be overrun with statues of football players.

Why not add a statue of the Selmons? If Switzer is willing to throw out the idea publicly to a room of hundreds at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, you can bet that he has the funding already secured. Now, all he needs is a spot for the bronze.

Here’s an idea: a concourse in the stadium.

How cool would it be to have a statue of the Selmons right out there among the crowd on Saturdays? It would poke out above the sea of crimson. It would watch over the fans as they came and went.

Heck, if OU decides to honor its greatest ambassadors, it could spread the statues all around the concourses. It would be something to reach the top of a ramp and be greeted by Clendon Thomas or come around a corner and stand face to face with George Cumby. Of each of these men, you can say he was a prince of a fellow. To place their likenesses amid their adoring public seems only fitting.

But first things first — start with a statue of Selmons.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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