Friday was a milestone day for Oklahoma football players and collegiate athletes around the nation.
The NCAA’s new rule allowing institutions to provide unlimited meals and snacks to student-athletes — including walk-ons — went into effect Friday.
“I don’t even know how that works,” Sooners offensive lineman Daryl Williams said at Big 12 Media Days. “I’m still waiting on it. I can’t wait.”
The Sooners won’t exactly be pigging out on junk food, though.
Before the change, players said OU Director of Nutrition Tiffany Byrd would make sure that while they got plenty to eat, that it would be good for their bodies.
“We have a nutritionist that goes a great job, so I’m sure she’ll provide us with nothing but the best,” quarterback Trevor Knight said. “A snack I’d like to see. … It’ll never happen but Oreos. I’m an Oreos guy.”
STOOPS HASN’T HEARD FROM SUMLIN
Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday he hadn’t hear from Texas A&M coach and former OU assistant Kevin Sumlin since the two traded barbs last week.
Stoops poked Sumlin a bit last week during his appearance on ESPN.
He brought up the Aggies’ nonconference schedule when defending the Big 12’s lack of a conference championship game.
At an event later that week, Sumlin fired back, saying, “if he (Stoops) wants to play again, we’ll take him up on that.”
“No, I haven’t,” Stoops said. “You know what, truthfully, the only reason this was brought up was not at all to point out A&M. It was to point out — I was asked too many times about the fact that we don’t have a Big 12 championship game, does that matter in the equation when other conferences do? And I pointed out the fact that we do play nine conference games. The SEC at that point is only playing eight.”
The Sooners did recently schedule a season-opening game against Houston in 2016. Sumlin was the head coach of the Cougars before moving to A&M.
THOMPSON, O-LINE HEALTHY
Oklahoma’s offensive line has plenty of players coming back from injuries.
Tyrus Thompson missed the last three games of last season while Adam Shead missed the last two. Tyler Evans, who missed the last two seasons after starting 29 games in his first three seasons, is coming back from a pair of ACL tears.
Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said before practices began that he expected all to be full participants in practice.
Bedenbaugh did say, though, that coaches would take things slow with those coming off injury.
“We’ve got three of four guys that have been hurt that will be full-go, ready to go but we’ll take care of them. Everybody will be ready to go in practice,” Bedenbaugh said. “It’s just a matter of understanding that we’ve got to take care of them and watch after them. The good thing is we’ve got depth.”