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Oklahoma athletics: Joe Castiglione says more facilities upgrades on the way

The Oklahoma athletic director would not give any specifics about upgrading Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium but said improvements were on the way.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: July 31, 2013


Sooners football coach Bob Stoops said earlier this week that the improvements to facilities at OU would continue.

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione hinted at some of those improvements at Wednesday's Sooner Caravan stop at the Cox Convention Center.

Castiglione didn't give any specifics about upgrading Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium but said improvements were on the way.

“We're thinking of ways to make it better,” Castiglione said. “We just haven't announced it yet.”

Castiglione also spoke of the study, announced in May, of potential upgrades to Lloyd Noble Center.

“We're looking at everything from the facilities that serve out student-athletes to something as radical as changing the seating bowl at Lloyd Noble Center,” Castiglione said. “That building's about to be 40 years old.”


Oklahoma senior offensive linemen Gabe Ikard and Bronson Irwin represented the Sooners' football team at Wednesday's caravan event.

During a question-and-answer session with master of ceremonies Toby Rowland, the duo was asked about their new position coach Bill Bedenbaugh.

“Coach Bedenbaugh brings a real sense of physical presence,” Irwin said. “He's really pushed us to be more physical up front.”

Then Ikard chimed in; “He also let us get a lot fatter, which was fun,” the center quipped.

Ikard said at Big 12 Media Days last week that Bedenbaugh has encouraged weight gain, and that he weighed over 300 pounds for the first time this summer.


Earlier this week, Sooners sophomore guard Buddy Hield aggravated a foot injury he suffered last season and will miss the team's upcoming trip to France and Belgium.

"It's more of a precaution than anything else," Sooners basketball coach Lon Kruger said Wednesday night. "It's about making sure he's healthy in the long run."

As a freshman last season, Hield averaged 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in helping the team make the NCAA Tournament.

He broke his foot against TCU in February and had a screw inserted to stabilize the injury.

Hield's absence figures to open up minutes on the trip for a pair of freshman guards — Frank Booker and Jordan Woodard.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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