Legendary OU coach Bud Wilkinson would have been 98 on April 23

Don Gammill Modified: April 23, 2014 at 10:24 am •  Published: April 23, 2014

In 1965, he became a color analyst with ABC Sports and was part of the broadcast team that handled three games of the century , including Notre Dame at Michigan State in 1966 (a 10-10 tie), Texas at Arkansas in 1969 (won by Texas, 15-14) and Nebraska at Oklahoma in 1971 (a Nebraska win, 35-31).

During his time at OU, there were other firsts, including Prentice Gautt becoming the first black football player at the school and Billy Vessels becoming the first Heisman Trophy winner for the Sooners.

Wilkinson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

For two years, 1978 and 1979, Bud coached the St. Louis Cardinals in the National Football League. His teams went a combined 9-20.

Wilkinson died Feb. 9, 1994, in St. Louis at age 77 after a lengthy illness.