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BERRY TRAMEL — Former Sooner's statement on Twitter was off the mark. Letting ESPN hang around didn't lead to a loss at Baylor.
Berry Tramel Published: November 22, 2011

/articleid/3625751/1/pictures/1570627">Photo - OU's Brody Eldridge (83) and Manuel Johnson (1) celebrate a touchdown catch by Eldridge during the second half of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, in Stillwater, Okla.    STAFF PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS  ORG XMIT: KOD
OU's Brody Eldridge (83) and Manuel Johnson (1) celebrate a touchdown catch by Eldridge during the second half of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, in Stillwater, Okla. STAFF PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS ORG XMIT: KOD

Perhaps Eldridge was riled by the clowning shown on ESPN. But Stoops said the Sooners don't have clowns.

“We have a bunch of young guys,” Stoops said. “We showed a lot of maturity in a lot of ways. I thought everything they did came across as just fine.

“And get to see that more of a human side of a coach, too. People (usually) get to see you at your most intense, competitive moments. That's four hours of our week.”

Eldridge was a bone-jarring blocker for Stoops. Now he's playing NFL tight end for the Colts even though his hands aren't sticky. So you know how tough Eldridge must be.

“A prideful guy that cares about our program who was as rough and tough as we had,” Stoops said. “That's what he likes to see.”

But that's not what these Sooners are. That's not what Big 12 football is. It's not rock 'em sock 'em football. Maybe it was in 2000, but it wasn't in Eldridge's day, either.

OU defensive end Frank Alexander, a three-year teammate of Eldridge, wouldn't trash his old pal.

“Everybody's free to say whatever they want,” Alexander said. “I know Brody didn't mean nothing bad or harmful. I know he ain't really taking no shots.

“Everybody's going to be mad. Everybody's going to be a little upset. With Brody, he's not used to losing to Baylor.”

No one in crimson is. But Baylor is a good team under Art Briles; 7-3 and headed for 9-3. The Sooners didn't lose because they were arrogant. They lost because they committed two turnovers, they had no takeaways and they didn't cover deep against a golden-armed quarterback.

That will get you beat most times, no matter whether Baylor is on the front of the opponent's jersey or whether ESPN stopped by to enjoy an Oklahoma summer.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. 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.


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