Oklahoma football notebook: OU-Baylor game moved to Thursday

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.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 7, 2013

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.


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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