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Oklahoma football: OU clarifies Bob Stoops' Twitter remarks

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: July 27, 2013

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said last week that fans should “get on board” with tweeting at potential recruits.

Saturday morning, though, OU's official football Twitter account sent out a message clarifying the comment.

“Stoops: Comment in Dallas on Twitter wasn't meant literally. Reminder — NCAA prohibits fan contact (with) prospects in person, via phone, online,” the tweet read.

Stoops' comments Tuesday came while discussing the difficulty of enforcing such rules.

“In today's world, once things get rolling, it's not stopping,” he said then.


Oklahoma senior fullback Trey Millard was asked last week about young players who might contribute in 2013.

Millard pointed to the Sooners' wide receiver corps, specially sophomore Sterling Shepard.

“Sterling Shepard continues to come on as a guy who goes from a freshman to a guy … he contributed quite a bit as a freshman, but now he is a guy who can be a serious player and a very good player,” Millard said. “Jalen (Saunders) has continued to improve, and Trey Metoyer and some guys that have been around for a year or two are really coming into their own.”

Shepard, a former Heritage Hall standout, caught 47 passes as a true freshman for 640 yards and three touchdowns in 2012.


Oklahoma's quarterback battle was a frequent topic of conversation at last week's Big 12 Media Days, and while junior Blake Bell remains the favorite to win the job, senior center Gabe Ikard reserved some high praise for redshirt freshman Trevor Knight.

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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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