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Oklahoma football notebook: Students invited to Thursday scrimmage

The first 500 students who arrive will receive a free hot dog and drink, and while supplies last, the remaining hot dogs and drinks will be available for 50 cents.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: April 5, 2014

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is inviting OU students with a current ID to attend the team portion of Thursday’s practice on Owen Field from 5-5:45 p.m.

“It’s just giving them an opportunity to be around the players a little more,” Stoops said.

The first 500 students who arrive will receive a free hot dog and drink, and while supplies last, the remaining hot dogs and drinks will be available for 50 cents.

During the open portion of practice, Stoops will wear a microphone and talk through all on-field activities.

Students will be invited onto the field to participate in drills, as well as meet and take pictures with players. Eight students (two per quarter) will also be selected at random Thursday to join the Sooners as “student coaches” on the field for Saturday’s spring game.

Raffle tickets will be handed out under the west side of the stadium beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday.

BOULWARE: OU ‘CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREE’ ALWAYS THERE

When special teams coordinator Jay Boulware arrived in Norman last February, Oklahoma’s football program was in a bit of a rut — by OU standards, anyway.

The Sooners were coming off an embarrassing Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M, and Stoops had decided to replace three assistant coaches.

“Obviously when I got here everything was new, so I didn’t know anything about it other than the history and tradition,” Boulware said. “To me this was just OU. I didn’t notice that we weren’t where we needed to be, or where we were, this that or the other.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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