Lindell Pearson, a star halfback on Bud Wilkinson's great 1949 Sooner football team and the subject of one of OU's earliest recruiting controversies, died last week. He was 82.
Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 127 NW 7 in Oklahoma City.
Pearson was a star athlete at Capitol Hill High School in the 1940s. He enrolled at the University of Arkansas in 1947 but a few weeks later was “recovered by a swift counter-raid,” OU historian Harold Keith wrote.
Pearson played a key role in some epic Sooner games.
In 1948, Pearson scored on a 50-yard touchdown run in a 19-15 victory over Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater.
In 1949, Pearson scored the go-ahead touchdown, set up by his 40-yard kickoff return, in a 20-14 win over Texas. On New Year's Day, Pearson threw a touchdown pass in a 35-0 rout of LSU in the Sugar Bowl.
The Big Seven Conference ruled Pearson ineligible for the 1950 season after it determined he had played three freshmen games for Arkansas in 1947 that also included junior varsity players.