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
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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)

After Oklahoma won the 2000 softball national championship, coach Patty Gasso told football coach Bob Stoops that he should win a title, too, so they could visit the White House together.

Stoops' football team won the national championship several months later, and they both met the president.

Earlier this month, Gasso's squad won another national title.

“She hit me again ... she said she got her part done,” Stoops told the cheering crowd at last week's Sooner Caravan event in Wichita, Kan. “We're gonna work on it, for sure.”

STOOPS PROUD OF FIRST-ROUND PICK

Stoops took questions from the crowd at last week's Wichita Caravan, and was asked by one fan to describe an NFL success story that he's particularly proud of.

The OU coach chose Lane Johnson, the offensive tackle who was picked fourth overall by the Philadelphia Eagles two months ago.

Johnson was a junior-college quarterback turned tight end, then switched to defensive end at OU before landing on the offensive line between his sophomore and junior seasons.

He made a meteoric rise up NFL Draft boards as his senior season progressed, then rose even higher after shining at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine.

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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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