Senior defensive tackle Stacy McGee has been reinstated to Oklahoma's football team and is expected to play in Saturday's top-10 home clash with Notre Dame, coach Bob Stoops announced at his Monday news conference.
McGee, a senior from Muskogee, has started 14 games during his career and has been a key member of the defensive tackle rotation since his sophomore season, when the 6-foot-4, 299-pounder started 11 games.
Stoops said there are still no changes on the other suspended players — junior receivers Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks, and sophomore defensive back Quentin Hayes. They were indefinitely suspended in May and were reinstated for practices only when fall camp began. The Oklahoma defensive line — particularly at tackle — has been in flux since McGee's suspension in mid-August for violating team rules.
Another senior tackle, Casey Walker, didn't play in the Sooners' first two games while he dealt with an undisclosed personal issue. Walker's return has been a big boost to the Sooner defense; last week against Kansas, he recovered a fumble and returned it 45 yards.
Senior defensive end David King has played inside more since McGee's suspension; his reinstatement could mean King's role will be more concrete.
SOONERS HOPE TO ‘STRIPE THE STADIUM'
Landry Jones & Co. wanted a white out.
The OU Athletics Department gave them a “stripe” out.
The athletic department announced Monday that even sections should wear gear that is crimson and odd sections should wear gear that is white for the “Stripe the Stadium.”
Jones was asked his thoughts on a possible white out. His teammates were trying to get fans to wear all white to the Notre Dame-Oklahoma game via Twitter.
“That would be cool if everybody got on board and did it and stuff,” Jones said. “It would make a difference to me, I think. That's huge for our fan base to get behind us. If they did that, that would be great.
“That's just a big home field advantage and the fans do bring an energy to the game. The fans do make it tougher to communicate and do all these different things, especially for away teams. If those fans could come behind us and do a whiteout, that'd be sweet.”
STOOPS REFLECTS ON PREVIOUS MEETINGS WITH IRISH
Stoops reflected Monday on the last time he faced the Fighting Irish: His first season as the Sooners' coach in 1999.