Thoughts from Tulsa
June 26, 2009
Here are some quick thoughts from attending Thursday’s annual OU caravan in Tulsa, which was headlined by Bob Stoops:
* Not that it should come as a surprise, but clearly, the play of the offensive line will determine how good this team is, in Stoops’ mind. Remember, Stoops called out the line for a lack of... Read More
Special teams depth chart updated: Stevens the starter at kicker
June 24, 2009
Jimmy Stevens will enter the fall as Oklahoma’s starter at place-kicker, according to OU’s updated depth chart, which included special teams listings, released Wednesday.
The 5-foot-6, 159-pound product of Heritage Hall High School, however, could have a battle waiting for him in the fall from Norman North... Read More
Why Pasha is not violating US law
June 23, 2009
In reading some posts of readers about ex-Sooner Pasha Jackson finding his calling in Cuba, there has been some concern that Jackson might be violating the U.S. embargo against Cuba.
This is not the case.
The U.S. has exceptions to this embargo, and allowing its citizens to study becoming doctors at the Latin... Read More
Former OU lineman joining Tide
June 23, 2009
Alabama has hired Milton Overton, a former Oklahoma offensive lineman who oversaw technology growth and services for seven years at Texas A&M, to its senior executive staff, the school announced today.
To read more about Overton, read the Birmingham News report.
Overton played for OU in the mid-1990s.
More on Pasha Jackson
June 22, 2009
This past week I got to speak with Pasha Jackson, sort of.
Because Pasha lives in Cuba, we spoke indirectly via email, since a phone call would cost about $4 a minute.
In case you missed it, here’s the story.
For those who forget, Pasha was a very solid linebacker for OU in 2002, 2003 after transferring... Read More
Steve Owens in TSN
June 22, 2009
Oklahoma Heisman winner Steve Owens was featured over the weekend by Sporting News Today, which is the Sporting News’ online newspaper.
To view this interview with Owens, you have to be a subscriber. But it’s free and easy.
For those who wish to bypass that step, I will say in the interview, Owens reveals... Read More
Who will be catching the ball in 2009?
June 19, 2009
Anyone who has dismissed or failed to watch the College World Series has missed out on some great baseball.
I have always enjoyed college baseball and in Oklahoma, but I wonder if I’m in the minority, or if the sport is underrated and undercovered.
The Texas-Southern Miss game, where the USM pitcher walked in... Read More
Where did the three wins go?
June 17, 2009
On a previous comment, Claude Raines claimed that Oklahoma possesses 791 victories, three fewer than I had given the Sooners when comparing all-time wins.
The College Football Data Warehouse, which stores loads of information about all-time college football results, lists 788 wins for OU. But the university,... Read More
OU a winner when it comes to percentage
June 16, 2009
On the previous post, John made an interesting point, writing that a better way to look at college football programs is not by all-time wins, but by all-time winning percentage.
Ask and you shall receive.
Here’s a look at how the top 10 teams in all-time wins stack up in winning percentage:
1. Michigan,... Read More
OU passes Bama
June 15, 2009
One of the winners from the news that Alabama, pending an appeal, must vacate 21 wins due to NCAA sanctions is the University of Oklahoma.
Well, Alabama minus 21 wins means that OU leapfrogs Alabama in all-time wins with Alabama’s total dropping to 778. The Sooners have 788 wins and now rank No. 7 in... Read More
Where is he now, the Tyler Stradford edition
June 12, 2009
Remember Tyler Stradford?
He was the burner out of New Orleans who seemed on track to make an impact at wide receiver during his first couple years in Norman.
But ultimately, he couldn’t display consistent hands and struggled with his route running, which kept him buried on the depth chart.
During the... Read More
Breaking down the preseason depth chart
June 09, 2009
Oklahoma’s preseason depth chart is only a day old and already there’s been a major change to the 2-deep.
Ryan Reynolds, who was left off the initial list, has been moved ahead of Mike Balogun at middle linebacker.
The reason for this change?
A guess is that because Reynolds has been injured for so long,... Read More
Former Sooner still alive in reality show
June 03, 2009
Former Sooner Moses Washington, whom I wrote about here earlier this year, is still alive and kicking in Michael Irvin’s reality show “4th and Long” on Spike TV, where the winner will earn a tryout at training camp with the Dallas Cowboys.
Washington, as you remember, was a track star at OU, but did walk-on... Read More
June 01, 2009
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Live Update: Arkansas 11, OU 0, final
May 31, 2009
By John Helsley
It’s over in Norman, the game and the season for the Sooners.
Arkansas left-hander Drew Smyly no-hit Oklahoma into the ninth inning, while the Razorback bats pounded away for the second straight day in an 11-0 rout at Mitchell Park.
The Sooners eventually scratched out two hits, one off of... Read More
Live Update: Sooners fall to Hogs
May 30, 2009
By John Helsley
An ugly start led to an uglier finish at Mitchell Park, where Arkansas routed OU 17-6 in the Norman Regional, knocking the Sooners into the loser’s bracket of the tournament.
OU faces elimination at 1 p.m. Sunday against Washington State. It also faces a scenario of three straight must-win... Read More
Live Update: OU wins baseball opener
May 29, 2009
By John Helsley
The Sooners finally got the bats going against Wichita State starter Tim Kelley, a Tulsa Kelley product.Got their pitching going, too.Relievers Chase Anderson and Ryan Duke combined for 5 1/3 innings of two-hit pitching, helping the Sooners past Wichita State 5-4 in their opener at the Norman... Read More
Revisiting Lynn Katoa
May 29, 2009
Going back to the 2007 recruiting season, there was no player the Sooner coaching wanted more for its defense than Utah linebacker Lynn Katoa.
Katoa was a big-time hitter, and seemed to be a perfect fit in Brent Venables’ system.
Instead, Katoa signed with Colorado in a huge recruiting coup for Dan Hawkins.... Read More
College Football Live to focus on Oklahoma
May 28, 2009
It’s not the same as GameDay, but ESPN’s College Football Live will devote an entire show to the state of Oklahoma on June 5.
The 30-minute show airs at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN, and is already scheduled to bring in Barry Sanders, though other guests related to Oklahoma are supposedly going to be interviewed as well.
Coaches poll anonymity helps no one (except coaches with agendas)
May 27, 2009
Wednesday, the American Football Coaches Association announced that, beginning in 2010, ballots in the final regular-season USA Today coaches’ college football poll will be kept confidential.
This was done in an effort to make the poll more accurate and credible.
In the past, coaches have... Read More