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Lack of a Big 12 football schedule putting plans on hold

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Published: March 12, 2011
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/articleid/3548415/1/pictures/1380914">Photo - Oklahoma fans celebrate during the Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma fans celebrate during the Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Others are beginning to feel frustrated.

Lubbock resident Charlie Stegal, a Texas Tech season-ticket holder, often has friends and family fly in for Red Raider home games.

“By now, we know when the home games are,” Stegal said, “and we've got everything booked.”

Sooner fans like Greg Davis and John Healey, who live outside Big 12 country, are wanting to reserve flights and hotel rooms as soon as possible.

“We've never been to Norman, and this year we're going to Norman,” said Healey, of Nampa, Idaho, who got hooked on Sooner football as a kid because of a schoolteacher who was an OU alum. “We've got to get tickets, get a hotel. We're going to fly to San Antonio and make it a road trip to OU. That's a lot of planning.”

And the closer it gets to the season, the more challenging — and expensive — the planning becomes.

“Everything is going up in price. ... the longer you wait, the higher the plane tickets get,” said Davis, an OU season-ticket holder who lives in Destin, Fla., and tries to go to every Sooner football game, home and away. “I do well, but I'm not a wealthy guy. Some people have a fancy house, or a boat. My thing is going to football games.

“It's not critical yet. ... but it's getting there.”


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