“Port Robertson: Behind the Scenes of Sooner Sports” by Edgar L. Frost (Oklahoma Heritage Association, 208 pages, in stores)
The lore that surrounds the University of Oklahoma Athletic Department features many legendary names: football coaches Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer, university President George Lynn Cross and a host of star athletes. But the lesser-known Port Robertson, who coached the Sooner wrestling team to three NCAA titles and coached the freshman football team during the Wilkinson era, also had a strong hand in molding the department.
In the nonfiction book “Port Robertson: Behind the Scenes of Sooner Sports,” Hobart native Edgar L. Frost sheds light on Robertson and the mark he left on the university.
Robertson had a distinguished wrestling career as a competitor and coach, but it’s his influence on athletes’ academic and personal lives — both as coach and as an academic counselor — that seems to have left lasting memories.
Much of the book focuses on those memories. It’s not exactly a biography, and not exactly a collection of stories, but rests somewhere in between. His former athletes clearly revere Robertson, and their love for their mentor shines through.