Brandon Weeden says he called Oklahoma but Sooners weren't interested

OKLAHOMA STATE — When Brandon Weeden decided to quit professional baseball and give college football a shot, he called Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He says he could tell the Sooners “weren't interested.”
by John Helsley Published: November 30, 2011

Once baseball was behind him, Brandon Weeden came home looking for a place to give football a try.

So he made a few phone calls.

To the Cowboys.

And the Sooners.

That's right, rather than leading OSU's bid for a Big 12 title and BCS bowl berth Saturday night, Weeden might be wearing crimson instead, if the Sooners had expressed more interest.

“They called me back and you could just tell they weren't interested,” Weeden said this week. “It is what it is. I don't fault them for it.

“They had Sam (Bradford). They were four or five deep at the quarterback position. Ultimately, this was a better fit with the depth chart.”

Weeden's first call, for the record, went to OSU, where he spoke with then-offensive coordinator Larry Fedora. Weeden, after all, had signed to play baseball with the Cowboys out of Edmond Santa Fe High School.

“It's like being a free agent, I was exploring my options,” Weeden said. “I owned a house in Edmond, so I wanted to be at one of the two spots. I knew I wanted to play and I knew it was going to be paid for, so I wanted to see what options were out there.”


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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