Oklahoma football notebook: Patty Gasso, Bob Stoops hope for second White House visit

After the softball and football teams both won national championships, the teams visited the White House together. They're hoping for a repeat.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 23, 2013

photo - President George W. Bush receives a football from University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops during an event at the White House Monday, March 5, 2001, honoring the national championship teams for football and softball. Football players at left are quarterback Josh Heupel and linebacker Torrance Marshall. At right are the members of the softball team.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President George W. Bush receives a football from University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops during an event at the White House Monday, March 5, 2001, honoring the national championship teams for football and softball. Football players at left are quarterback Josh Heupel and linebacker Torrance Marshall. At right are the members of the softball team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“As soon as we made the switch, he got the hang of it really quick,” Stoops said. “We started seeing him in games, and in my mind, I'm like, ‘I've watched this a long time ... this guy's a top two round pick.

“Then as the year went by, I said, ‘He's going earlier than that.'”

QB DECISION CAN WAIT

One fan in Wichita wrote a question for Stoops as “Blake Bell-asario.”

“When are you gonna name a starting quarterback? The suspense is killing me,” the question read.

Stoops laughed before responding that his track record of quarterback development suggests long, ongoing competition usually produces the greatest results.

“I'm saying this in a humble and positive way — not in a cocky way — that we've won eight Big 12 championships with six different quarterbacks,” Stoops said. “We believe in competition. We believe the team respects the guy that has earned it over a period of time, hasn't been just tossed to him.”

Junior Blake Bell, sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight are competing to be the Sooners' starting quarterback next season.


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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