Charles Davis, who will be the analyst on Fox Sports’ broadcast of the BCS national championship game, should give the Sooners a fair shake in the broadcast. He is well familiar with Oklahoma. His wife, the former Lisa Hales, grew up in the Oklahoma City area. He is a close friend of Ron Thulin, who has worked in the klahoma City media off and on for years, including hosting an afternoon talk show for the now defunct Jox 930.
In a recent interview, I asked Davis is he was excited about calling the game.
“I’m pumped beyond belief. I’m like that way for most of my assignments. But it’s a national championship game, what more can you ask for. This will be my third and it’s the last one I will be doing for Fox. Next year the championship games goes to ESPN/ABC because the Rose Bowl is the championship game. I still will do BCS games for Fox, but this is my last national championship game. I’m excited. Let’s be honest about it: Florida-Oklahoma. How could you not be excited.”
Do you think the offenses will be the story of the game.
“Yes. What Oklahoma is doing. Who has the thesaurus for it? How can you really adequately describe it? The best way I can put it, I was doing Arena Football with Dan (Hicks) when NBC took over the Arena package and tried to take it national for awhile. We’re doing a San Jose-Atlanta game, probably the third or fourth game in our first year. In the middle of the third quarter, the score was creeping into the 60s, and poor Dan had said touchdown about 8,000 times or so it felt to him. We went to a commercial break and he looked at me and said, ‘You’ve been doing these games for a number of years,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, Dan, I’m a pretty good veteran of Arena Football.’ He had this look on his face, I can’t even describe it. Grieved is about the best way I could put it, and he said, ‘Is it like this every week?’ And I just looked at him, and I said, ‘No, it’s not.’ And he went, ‘Oh, good.’ And I said, ‘Usually by now we’re into the 70s,’ and he said, ‘That’s it.’ And that was the last game he did. He called (director) Tommy Roy and said, ‘You’ve got to get me out of this.’ When I watch Oklahoma play, I always think of Dan Hicks and think, ‘Is it like this every week?’ And for Oklahoma, the answer is yeah. Five straight over 60. I know everyone wants to get in to ‘Is it the defenses?’ I just tend to focus on what they’re doing.”
CBS analyst Gary Danielson has criticized defense in the Big 12 defenses, saying Big 12 stats are like pesos, they are worthless. Do you agree with his criticism?
“I understand where Gary is coming from, and I’m never going to dispute a fellow analyst. It’s not my job. But I think we are searching for answers about these offenses, almost to the point that we’re taking credit away from them. They’re all in uncharted territory. We don’t have a touchstone that says, ‘We’ve seen this before and this is why.’ We’re not sure. So in a sense we’re trying to devalue the offense by sayings, ‘Maybe the defense isn’t that good.’ Maybe, but at the same time, are we sure? What we’re seeing right now is the future is here. We’re in George Allen territory. The future is now and these offenses are just tuned up and rolling like you wouldn’t believe. It would be nice to see them play a bunch of teams that were defensively oriented, like an SEC schedule, but it’s not going to happen, so we’ll find out Jan. 8.”