Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops says center Gabe Ikard will play at West Virginia

The Sooners' do-it-all lineman has been recovering from a head injury. True freshman Ty Darlington receives praise as Ikard's replacement.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 14, 2012
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Fellow senior defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland confirmed the unit's peculiar cold-weather solution, saying that it worked for him last year in Stillwater.

“He's been saying that's an old remedy he used back when he played,” McFarland said. “We've used it pretty much every time we've played Oklahoma State and it's really cold, and it works. It keeps your pores closed and keeps your sweat in. It's a good thing and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be using it this weekend.”

Does Shipp use this method himself for cold-weather games?

“I have no clue,” Walker said. “I've been wanting to ask him that. He's covered up with gloves and stuff.

“D-line, we don't wear any sleeves or nothing. We're gonna see. I'm not a cold weather person at all.”

ROSENTHAL EXPECTS TO WIN MAYORS' WAGER

Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said she's not expecting to wear West Virginia's colors at the next city council meeting.

Jim Manilla, the mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., issued a challenge to the mayors of all the Big 12 cities with universities whose football teams play at West Virginia this season. According to the terms of Manilla's friendly wager, the losing mayor wears the winner's T-shirt at their next city council meeting.

“This is a great way to welcome a new team to the Big 12 and I am happy to participate,” Rosenthal wrote in an email. “As university communities, we share many of the same challenges and benefits, so I look forward to exchanging ideas with and building a partnership with Mayor Manilla.”

Manilla won his first bet this season when West Virginia won its first-ever Big 12 game, a 70-63 shoot-out victory over Baylor on Sept. 29. But the Mountaineers are on a current four-game losing streak, which includes home losses to Kansas State and TCU.

Manilla wore a purple K-State shirt at Morgantown's Oct. 30 city council meeting, and is expecting to receive his TCU shirt in the mail soon.

The shirts Manilla sends to opposing mayors were made locally by SustainU, a Morgantown company that makes clothing from 100 percent American recycled products. The Oklahoma shirt Rosenthal sent to Manilla was donated by the Apothem, an OU sportswear store on Campus Corner.

“I am not expecting to have to wear the blue and gold at a council meeting,” Rosenthal wrote.

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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