Oklahoma football: Sooners arrive in New Orleans, ready to 'finish business'

by Berry Tramel Published: December 27, 2013


photo - Oklahoma offensive lineman Gabe Ikard, center, is greeted as the team arrives in New Orleans on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Oklahoma plays Alabama in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza) <strong>Rusty Costanza</strong>
Oklahoma offensive lineman Gabe Ikard, center, is greeted as the team arrives in New Orleans on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Oklahoma plays Alabama in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza) Rusty Costanza

“Yeah, it's nice that we made it to New Orleans. It's a nice city, a beautiful city, but we came here to finish business. That's why I came back for my senior year, to finish business.”

The Sooners have stayed in resorts the last three seasons, in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Grapevine, Texas. Nice places, but not easily accessible to any, uh, action.

“We're gonna be able to have some fun,” Ikard said, “but we've got to make sure everyone knows we're here for one reason, and that's to win a football game.

“We'll enjoy New Orleans. Obviously, coach Stoops, first couple of days we get here gives us a little leniency and expects us to be responsible and as players to represent the university well, stay out of trouble and that's something he's always done.

“He makes it clear as long as the young guys want to have that in the next bowl game and the bowl game after that, they'll stay out of trouble and make curfew or else they'll send you on a Greyhound home.”

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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