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Oklahoma football: Defensive back Bennett Okotcha leaves team

OU FOOTBALL — Redshirt freshman defensive back Bennett Okotcha has left the Sooners program. Okotcha's high school coach said it was a clash of personalities and the departures of the coaches that recruited Okotcha that led to his departure.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: August 21, 2012

“Ultimately, he needed to be happy,” McBride said. “If he wasn’t, then it wasn’t ever going to really work if he couldn’t find happiness.”

So the high school coach told the player to talk with his college coach and share his feelings. Sooners coach Bob Stoops declined to comment on anything about Okotcha when asked on Tuesday, saying he’d like to focus on the players that are still on the team.

“You know, there’s just a lot of difference in how you deal with kids from college to high school,” McBride said. “It’s just a lot different … especially with a national team like Oklahoma.

“It’s a big, big business, and there’s a lot of pressure and a lot of things pushing you to be better and achieve and all that. I just think that there maybe were some personality conflicts with some that he just had a hard time dealing with.”

Now the redshirt freshman will join his brother Evans, who is a running back, to play at Texas — San Antonio.

Okotcha was a three-star recruit out of Texas and the No. 42 cornerback in the country, according to Scout.com. In 2009, he made two interceptions, caught nine passes for 142 yards and scored a touchdown.

The player and his high school coach last talked on Monday.

“Honestly, he’s a little relieved,” McBride said. “I talked to him the whole way and said, ‘Tough it out and ride it out,’ but I’m not in his shoes on a day-to-day basis and I think he felt real relieved and is ready to turn the next page and go to the next page.”