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Buck's English: Star recruit wends his way to Oklahoma

Buck’s English: Star recruit wends his way to Oklahoma
By Gene Owens Modified: July 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm •  Published: July 27, 2014

When the Missouri Tigers left the Big 12 Conference and joined the Southeastern Conference, the move apparently didn’t improve the grammar on the coaching staff.

Commenting on the transfer of top recruit Dorial Green-Beckham from Mizzou to the Oklahoma Sooners, one Tiger coach commented: “He could have went almost anywhere he wanted.”

“This doesn’t sound right,” said James Clark, of Ardmore, during a stop at Curly’s Soonerco.

Buck reckons if you’re a football coach, it’s more important that you know pass patterns than that you understand past tenses.

Most Oklahomans would have said, “He could have gone anywhere.” They know that “went” is the simple past tense of “go,” and that “gone,” the past participle, is required when an auxiliary word such as “have” precedes it.

“Why can’t it be ‘goed’ or ‘gone’?” asked Gopher. “‘Went’ don’t sound nothing like ‘go.’”

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