Remember, too, that the offseason had its not-so-good moments in our state. It wasn't just everyone else who was having problems.
Back in May, Oklahoma indefinitely suspended four players, including three wide receivers. Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Quentin Hayes have since been reinstated while Kameel Jackson has transferred, but don't expect the three remaining players to be let out of the doghouse any time soon.
Ditto for Stacy McGee. The starting defensive tackle was suspended indefinitely earlier this month for violating university policy.
Oh, and no Sooner fan could forget the one-two punch of losing Ben Habern and Tyler Evans. Both were starting offensive linemen, and within days of each other, we learned that neither will be able to play this season because of injury.
Yes, it's been a rough offseason for OU.
OSU hasn't been immune to this offseason tumult either.
In June, the weird story of Herschel Sims and Jeremiah Tshimaga surfaced. According to a police report, Tshimaga alleges that Sims accessed his bank account and took $700 without permission. According to those close to Sims, he says it was a misunderstanding.
What really happened is anyone's guess.
This much we do know — the Cowboys booted Sims, a highly touted running back.
Two months later, it was Michael Bowie on the way out. The offensive lineman was expected to protect Wes Lunt's blind side as the starting left tackle, but instead, he left the team after violating team rules.
Wow, listing all of those offseason problems and scandals smacks you in the face. It reminds you what a tough time these past few months have been for college football.
A bunch of games won't change what went wrong. Goodness knows the fallout from the Penn State scandal alone will be felt for decades. Here's hoping that the proper lessons have been learned and the needed changes have been made.
And yet, after this offseason, we need the frivolity of the games more than ever. We need to hear the bands and smell the tailgates and cheer the gridiron gladiators. We need to be reminded of why we love the sport.
Let the games begin.
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