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Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops can trump Barry Switzer, Bud Wilkinson with one more win over Texas

Barry Switzer and Bud Wilkinson each beat Texas nine times as OU head coaches. Bob Stoops can trump them Saturday.
by Berry Tramel and Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 7, 2013

MERV JOHNSON'S WIFE DIES

Cindy Johnson, wife of Oklahoma director of football operations Merv Johnson, died Sunday evening after being removed from life support Friday.

The cause of her death was a brain aneurysm.

Merv Johnson has been on Oklahoma's football staff since joining as an assistant coach in 1979. He began serving in his current role, which also includes color commentary on OU radio broadcasts, in 1998.

He didn't miss Oklahoma's home game Saturday against TCU. Oklahoma's official Twitter account sent a tweet just before kickoff, saying, “football is the best therapy for his family tonight.”

STOOPS PUTS ON HAT

At his weekly news conference Monday, Sooners coach Bob Stoops talked with the Gold Hat Trophy to his right.

Stoops was asked if he'd ever put the hat on, like so many of his players have on the field after beating Texas.

“I think I might've had it on for a couple seconds a year to two ago maybe,” Stoops said. “I think it was last year they snuck it on me and I let it go for a minute. I haven't had it on much or for very long.”

The hat was worn in the safety of the locker room.

“I wouldn't have it outside for picture taking,” Stoops said. “No chance of that.”

KANSAS KICKOFF SET

The Oct. 19 game at Kansas will kick off at 2:30 p.m. at Kansas Memorial Stadium, the Big 12 announced Monday.

The game will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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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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