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Fiesta Bowl notebook: New digs for Sooners

by Berry Tramel Modified: December 27, 2010 at 8:33 am •  Published: December 26, 2010

OU will unveil a new offensive coordinator, Josh Heupel, in the Fiesta Bowl, but Edsall said the Huskies don't expect much change.

“I doubt that it's going to change anything they do,” Edsall said. “It's not like they brought somebody in from the outside to put in a whole new system.

“Kevin (Wilson, headed to Indiana) I know is still around there and working. There's going to be wrinkles that are going to be put in, I'm sure, just like everybody puts in for a new game. I don't think the structure of what they're doing ... is going to change.”

BCS BOWL BLUES

The Sooners have lost five straight BCS bowl games. Is that good or bad for Connecticut?

“We know that they're hearing all those things that everybody's saying, and we know that we're going to get their best effort,” Edsall said. “We just have to make sure that we give our best effort and play the type of football that we've been playing.”

FIESTA FLURRIES

Retired Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and his family will be grand marshals of the Fiesta Bowl Parade on New Year's Eve. Warner will participate in the Fiesta Bowl coin toss. ... Fiesta Bowl executive director John Junker has been on staff for 31 years, but he also worked OU's 41-7 victory over Wyoming in the 1976 Fiesta, as an Arizona State student. ... University of Phoenix Stadium is a natural-grass facility, despite its retractable roof.

QUOTABLE

Edsall: “It's a tremendous opportunity for us. For our program to be only seven years in the Big East and only nine years as a FBS school, to get here this quickly, and to be our first BCS game and to play in the Fiesta Bowl, this is a dream come true. It's something that our young men have dreamed about since they started playing this game.”

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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