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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops won't name starting QB yet

OU coach says it's only an assumption that Blake Bell will get the starting nod.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: July 23, 2013
/articleid/3865113/1/pictures/2165650">Photo - Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell passes during the annual Oklahoma spring intra-squad NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO105
Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell passes during the annual Oklahoma spring intra-squad NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO105


Bob isn't the only Stoops with work to do at the Omni Dallas/Dallas Convention Center.

Tuesday, Bob Stoops addressed the media at Big 12 Media Days while just down the hall, thousands of Mary Kay representatives gathered for one of five back-to-back conferences celebrating the cosmetics company's 50th anniversary.

Stoops' wife, Carol, is a Mary Kay national sales director.

Carol Stoops will be at the convention later this week.

“She comes down Friday and her seminar starts, I think, Monday through Wednesday,” Bob Stoops said. “So she'll be part of this group, just in a different seminar. (I'm) very proud of her. These women do a great job.”

Then he gave a sales pitch to the mostly male audience.

“Get your wives into it,” Stoops said. “It would be good for them. I'm recruiting.”


Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard admitted that LeBron James got the best of him in February, when the two went back-and-forth during the Oklahoma City Thunder's 110-100 loss to the Miami Heat.

“It did not go well,” Ikard said Tuesday during an appearance at Big 12 Media Days.

Ikard, a die-hard Thunder fan, sits courtside at most home games, and let James have it during the Heat's Feb. 14 win inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

After the game, James — who scored 39 points and grabbed 12 rebounds that night — talked about the then-anonymous Oklahoma City fan.

“He told me to shoot it,” LeBron said of the courtside fan to reporters. “He said, ‘Shoot it, you can't shoot.' So I said OK. So I shot it.”

Ikard said trash talking with the NBA superstar was a “good memory,” but declined to reveal what James said to him.

“I can't tell you that,” Ikard said with a laugh. “It wouldn't be played on the Disney Channel; I'm just telling you that.

“It was fun. He enjoyed it; I enjoyed it. He got the upper hand. So he went ahead and let me know about it.”


Oklahoma fullback Trey Millard's incredible, highlight-reel moment during last year's 63-21 rout of Texas was a popular topic of conversation Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days.

Early in the second quarter, Millard caught a short pass in the flats. Texas' Mykkele Thompson dove at his legs, so Millard leapfrogged him and — at the same time — forearmed the Longhorns' Adrian Phillips to the ground, then sprinted 73 yards, the longest pass play in Red River Rivalry history.

A few plays later, Bell rushed for the second of his four touchdowns that day.

“I was like, ‘What the heck just happened?'” Ikard remembered. “I was running down the field; I was dying. I was like, ‘Please score. I've run this far; please get in.' He didn't score and we had to run like three more plays. He about passed out.

“It was an incredible play. One of those plays that you'll never forget. One of those plays that OU fans will never forget. They already put a giant picture of it happening on the wall in the locker room. That's gonna be one of my most vivid memories of college football.”

Millard said he only re-watches the play “every once in a while” when somebody sends him a video of it. He added that he's never made a play quite like that before, but wasn't surprised at himself, either.

“I know I have that kind of confidence in my play and my ability,” Millard said. “I just got blessed with an opportunity there to showcase it.”

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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