The dialogue between former OU All-American safety Roy Williams on the sideline and announcers Chuck Cooperstein and Dean Blevins in the booth produced some entertaining comments during Fox Sports Net's pay-per-view broadcast of the OU-Ball State game Saturday night.
Some of it was pretty strong for television.
After OU safety Tony Jefferson made an amazing one-handed interception, Williams, in his first season as an analyst, said, “Wow, that's a helluva catch!”
Blevins later was tempted to compare Williams, who earned the nickname “Superman” at OU, with Jefferson, who snagged three interceptions in the second quarter.
“I started to call him Superman,” said Blevins, the KWTV-9 sports director. “Superman 2, not yet. Roy delivered too many times for him to be Superman this early.”
Cooperstein, a Dallas sportscaster, added, “You have to remember the sequels to Superman were all really good.”
The telecast even included a highlight of Williams' most famous play, his leaping hit of quarterback Chris Simms that resulted in a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Teddy Lehman in the 2001 OU-Texas game. Williams sounded as though he was tired of seeing it. “I've seen that picture more than I've seen baby pictures of myself,” he said.
Late in the game, Blevins remarked that Williams never missed a tackle. Williams was quick to correct him. “I missed a few,” he said. “I never liked to be cussed out by Mike Stoops.”
Or Bob Stoops as linebacker Tom Wort found out Saturday night. One of the most interesting shots was Bob Stoops chewing out Wort after his 22-yard fumble return touchdown. After the touchdown, Wert spiked the ball and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Blevins went out on the limb when Michael Hunnicutt kicked a 39-yard field goal for the Sooners' final score, saying Hunnicut had earned the spot to kick against Texas next week.
The trio of announcers, along with sideline reporter Kelly Crull, turned in a strong telecast. There were a few drawbacks. Crull's interviews with OU basketball coaches Sherri Coale and Lon Kruger stretched into game action and the start of a few plays were missed when producers couldn't keep up with OU's fast-paced offense and were stuck in a replay.
“They just do a great job of quick tempo,” Blevins said. “Oklahoma does it better than anybody.”
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy looked comfortable while making several appearances on ESPN/ABC halftime and studio shows. Interviewed at halftime of the Arkansas-Texas A&M, Gundy praised his team. “We're very explosive. We have good team chemistry. I like where we're at.”
Host Rece Davis and analysts Lou Holtz and Mark May kidded him about his “Gundy” dance in the locker room after the Cowboys' victory over Texas A&M, which has become an Internet sensation. “I don't think ‘Dancing with the Stars' has any interest in me,” Gundy said. “That's all I got, that one move.”
Gundy said several people have texted him, asking for lessons. “I'm on the two week disabled (list),” he said, noting he had strained his hip flexor. “I'm not going to be able to help them for awhile.”
* ESPN “College GameDay” analyst Lee Corso's streak of correctly picking his headware game ended when he startled fans at Madison, Wis., by donning a Cornhusker hat and picking Nebraska. He had egged Wisconsin fans on by showing a clip of him picking the Badgers to beat Ohio State last year and then saying, “You would be an idiot not to pick them.”
* ABC analyst Bob Davie, a former Notre Dame coach, gushed about Kansas State coach Bill Snyder after the Wildcats rallied to beat Baylor 36-35. “He did the coaching job of the century when he resurrected Kansas State,” Davie said, referring to Snyder's first stint with the Wildcats from 1989-2005. “He's done it again.”
* ESPN analysts Chris Spielman and Urban Meyer took some shots at Texas A&M at the end of the Aggies' 43-38 loss to Arkansas. “Two weeks in a row they gave up double-digit leads in the second half,” Spielman said. “You got to find that killer instinct to put somebody away when you have them on the ropes.” Meyer questioned coach Mike Sherman's late fourth-and-2 run call that went no where, saying he would have had quarterback Ryan Tannehill run an option.
* After a late fumble nearly cost Illinois a victory against Northwestern, analyst Mike Bellotti, a former Oregon coach said, “Who said this football was an easy game with the bounces of the ball? You can understand why coaches have a little bit of hair and not much of a stomach left.”
* Indiana went to 1-4 with a 16-10 loss to Penn State, but analyst Brian Griese said the Hoosiers, under former OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, showed improvement. “The way they played, the physical nature with energy and with passion, I think Kevin Wilson can take some positives from that.”