Berry Tramel: Marcus Dupree still loves you, Oklahoma
Published: December 24, 2010
/articleid/3526481/1/pictures/1310485"> ABOVE: Former Sooner assistant coach Bobby Proctor, right, surprises former Oklahoma standout Marcus Dupree as he signs autographs on Tuesday in Norman. BELOW: Dupree only played for a season-plus in Norman, but his impact was tremendous. Above photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman; Below photo from The Oklahoman Archive
â€œLots of people here would love to help you,â€ Proctor told him.
Dupree doesnâ€™t seem to have a bitter bone in his body. Look at it this way. Barry Switzer, maybe the greatest playersâ€™ coach football ever has seen, admits he mishandled no player like he mishandled the sensitive Dupree. Yet Dupree still embraces Switzer.
â€œI still love Coach Switzer,â€ Dupree said.
Thatâ€™s why he came to OU in the first place. â€œI liked his swagger,â€ Dupree said. â€œThe way he did interviews. He had good teams, good players.â€
The 2010 Sooners are headed to the Fiesta Bowl. In the 1982 season Fiesta Bowl, Dupree rushed for 239 yards against Arizona State, but that wasnâ€™t enough for Switzer, who pointed out that if Dupree had been in shape, he could have run for 400 yards.
Nonsense, Dupree says today. â€œI should have had 500 yards.â€
What would Dupree tell an 18-year-old hotshot running back who is confused and doesnâ€™t know what to do?
Said the man who once fit that exact description: â€œTell him to come to Oklahoma.â€
Dupree lives with regrets. He said on the film and he says on East Alameda, he should have stayed at OU.
â€œFirst of all, I could have gotten my degree,â€ Dupree said. â€œSecond of all, I could have won the Heisman Trophy. Third of all, I could have won two national championships.
â€œThatâ€™s the reason I came to Oklahoma, to do all those things.â€
Those things didnâ€™t happen. But now perhaps Dupree can come back to Oklahoma and find something just as good.
Peace. Roots. Cheers. Lots of cheers. Heâ€™s heard them before in Oklahoma. Heâ€™s hearing them again.
Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.