The Big 12 Conference announced that Oklahoma's 2013 road game at Baylor will be played on Thursday, Nov. 7, before a national television audience on either Fox or ESPN.
Both schools are off the weekend before, so neither will have to worry about a quicker-than-usual turnaround before the Thursday game.
“With the new television agreement, everybody's going to have to have their hand in the next couple of years in playing a game on a Thursday night,” said OU coach Bob Stoops. “In our situation, with a stadium right on campus, it really isn't conducive for us to host one. So we're going to have to go play one.
“In surveying it, we thought this may be the best scenario, and a relatively short trip.”
The last time Oklahoma visited Baylor, eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III threw for 479 yards and four touchdowns, and led the Bears to a 45-38 upset victory. It was the Baylor's first-ever win over the Sooners.
Last year, OU beat Baylor 42-34 in Norman.
STOOPS IN NO HURRY TO NAME QUARTERBACK
Oklahoma is gearing up for its first quarterback battle since 2007, when Sam Bradford won the job.
Junior Blake Bell, sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight will compete through the spring and — if necessary — through two-a-days, Stoops said.
“I don't think it's nearly as disruptive to the team as people make it out to be,” Stoops said. “As long as you're still running and practicing the same plays, I don't know that it's all that disruptive to the other players.”
ALLEN WON'T PRACTICE WITH OU
Senior backup quarterback Drew Allen is working out through the spring, but not with the Oklahoma football team.
Allen, who fell behind Bell on the Sooners' depth chart during the last preseason, plans to transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision school after he graduates in May.
NCAA rules allow players who have graduated to transfer to another FBS school without sitting out the usually required one season, under certain conditions.
“He's a wonderful guy and will do well for somebody,” Stoops said.
WARD STILL WAITING ON NCAA
Freshman defensive end D.J. Ward, who enrolled early to participate in spring football, is still waiting for NCAA Clearinghouse approval, Stoops said.
Ward was an Oklahoman All-State selection as a junior at Lawton, and transferred to Douglass just before his senior season.
Shortly after beginning practices with Douglass, though, Ward enrolled at Southmoore, was subsequently ruled ineligible by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association and didn't play at all as a high-school senior.
Ward committed to Oklahoma after last April's spring game.
Stoops said the other early enrollees have all been cleared and will practice.
Oklahoma begins spring football practices Saturday, and several returning players will sport new jersey numbers.
The numerical changes were reflected on OU's updated roster, which was released Thursday.
Sooners who will wear new jersey numbers this spring are: sophomore quarterback Kendal Thompson (11 to 1), sophomore receiver Durron Neal (13 to 5), senior receiver Jalen Saunders (18 to 8), senior receiver Lacoltan Bester (81 to 11), redshirt freshman Derrick Woods (80 to 12), sophomore linebacker Eric Striker (41 to 19) and senior defensive back Trey Franks (2 to 24).
GRISSOM BACK AT DEFENSIVE END
Junior Geneo Grissom is listed on Oklahoma's updated roster at tight end, but an OU spokesman said that's an error, and that Grissom should be listed at defensive end.
Grissom, from Hutchinson, Kan., moved to tight end last summer, and Sooners coach Bob Stoops even said in the preseason that Grissom had risen to the top of the depth chart.
But he was suspended for the season opener at UTEP, and never caught on at the new position. By the middle of the season, Grissom had moved back to defense, and he even started the Sooners' 41-13 Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M.
BOULWARE RESPONDS TO ANDERSEN
Earlier this week, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen expressed his disappointment that Jay Boulware left his program after only two months.
“It's upsetting,” Andersen said. “I brought the wrong guy in here. ... I don't like the timing of it. I don't like the situation at all.”
Asked about Andersen's comments Wednesday, Boulware said his decision was all about family.
Boulware, who was born in Oklahoma City and played college football at Texas, still has lots of family in the Sooner State. His mother lives in Texas.
Just before he accepted the Wisconsin job, his aunt was hit by a car in Oklahoma, Boulware said. He remembered his mother calling him in distress because she couldn't get from Texas to Oklahoma to check on her sister.
He said his aunt, who is around 60-years old, is doing better, but is now paralyzed.
“I live by that creed ... it's my faith; it's my family; and then it's football,” Boulware said. “(Andersen has) gotta run his program. He's gotta do what's best for him at Wisconsin. But again, it's faith, family and football. And I think most people understand that.”
MONTGOMERY TALKS IOWA ROOTS
New defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery becomes the latest Oklahoma assistant to have played college football at Iowa.
Montgomery was a Hawkeyes defensive lineman, graduating in 2002. Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell are all former Iowa players.
Montgomery spent the past two seasons as Michigan's defensive line coach.
“We all bleed black and gold,” Montgomery said. “We come from the same background. At Iowa we're underdogs. ... Kind of having that chip on our shoulder.
“It was neat, but that wasn't what sold me on coming to OU.”