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Lyrics on Stoops site embarrassing for OU

by Berry Tramel Published: August 12, 2008
NORMAN — Buried deep within some of the highlight videos of, a Web site I didn't even know existed until the weekend, were some lyrics of interest.

An example: " bullets and lugers, I put 'em deep in your neck.”

Oops. Quite embarrassing for Stoops and OU football and the university itself, coming only 10 days after prized recruit Josh Jarboe was dismissed from the squad for mocking, in a YouTube rap video, his gun conviction of a few months back.

The irony lands largest on Stoops, because it's his name on the shingle, though he didn't post the lyrics, didn't OK them and no doubt would need to do a double-take listening just to understand them.

Someone sure didn't protect Stoops' or OU's interest when they posted such lyrics, which were removed Monday, after they were brought to the attention of Sooner athletic director Joe Castiglione.

"Obviously, we'll play closer attention,” said Stoops. "Expressions of violence aren't what we want to promote.”

Doesn't even need to be said. Stoops made that clear when he cut loose Jarboe, who pled guilty last spring to bringing a gun to his high school campus. That's why this is no double standard; Stoops should lose his job when he sticks a handgun in his waistband and goes to work.

But again, this is embarrassing, and here's part of the embarrassment: The OU staff members involved in the production of the video saw no problem in using lyrics related to guns and drugs, not to mention racial and sexual terms that would offend 95 percent of the population.

Very poor decision. But easy to understand why the decision was made. It works. It draws the audience hopes to draw.

High school boys.

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by Berry Tramel
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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