During a joint news conference with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, a reporter asked Stoops about his recent appearance in an AT&T commercial.
In the TV spot, which debuted in late October, a viral video of a high school player flipping over an opponent eventually causes Stoops to introduce himself, saying, “Hello.” The voice saying it, though, most certainly isn't Stoops'.
The Oklahoma coach responded to the question Wednesday with, “Hello. Give AT&T a plug right there.
“They approached me a few weeks before one of our off weeks and asked me if I would be a part of a commercial.”
Stoops said he went to Putnam City High School to film the spot on a Thursday night, so he wouldn't miss any practice time.
“I think I was there from 11 at night until 1 to 1:30 in the morning for that ‘Hello.' That's how bad I am. It took two-and-a-half hours to say that. I don't know how many takes.
“It just sort of came that way. It just felt the recruiting exposure and putting the program in front of people never hurts. As long as it fits your schedule.”
Asked about the voiceover, Stoops said, “The voiceover? I don't know. They made me say hello about 50 times. I believe they used one of those and clipped it in. You'd have to ask them. I'm not the editor.”
JONES, JOHNSON ACCEPT SENIOR BOWL INVITES
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones and offensive tackle Lane Johnson each accepted invitations to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl, set for Jan. 26, 2013, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Jones and Johnson were invited Dec. 21, and chose to play Wednesday, according to the Senior Bowl's official Twitter account.
The two Sooners won't be the only Cotton Bowl participants in Mobile, though; Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swope also accepted his Senior Bowl invitation Wednesday.
Swope is the Aggies' second-leading receiver this season, catching 64 passes for 809 yards. He leads the team with his seven touchdown receptions, which includes a season-long 80 yarder.
The Senior Bowl, first established in 1950, showcases NFL Draft prospects who have completed their eligibility. The game and its practices will be broadcast on the NFL Network.
Jones and Johnson bring Oklahoma's all-time Senior Bowl participant number to 102. Cornerback Jamell Fleming was the only Sooner to play in last year's game.
HOW ALABAMA WIN VALIDATED A&M'S MOVE TO SEC
Few victories in recent years have carried the ramifications of Texas A&M's win at Alabama on Nov. 10. The upset gave Johnny Manziel the Heisman Trophy and validated the Aggies' move to the Southeastern Conference.
“We try not to look at the past,” said A&M defensive end Damontre Moore. “But that win was like the stepping stone in helping turn this program around, showing people we're as talented as we knew we were.
“We try not to stay on that, because once you stay on that, you get complacent. We soaked it in, then we moved on to the task at hand.”
WHY MILLARD'S POSITION COULD BLOCK HIS ACADEMIC GOAL
OU fullback Trey Millard made the academic all-district team at fullback. But the fullback position isn't available on the academic all-American team.
“I have to make it on the running back or tight end ticket,” Millard said. “Just a little bit harder to make it.
“I especially want to get the academic (honors), just for my mom. She's put so much influence on me to have good grades and make education such a big part of my life. Just honoring her and what she's meant in my life.”
SUMLIN STEPS IN FOR OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
The press conference for Texas A&M's offense on Tuesday was to include Clarence McKinney, the interim offensive coordinator. But Sumlin attended in McKinney's place.
“We have a lot going on,” Sumlin said. “We have a lot of moving parts. Obviously we have some meetings that have to take place. Anytime they are with you guys (media), that is 45 more minutes that they could be getting better. I thought I would just come out here today.”
ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT D-FW MOMENT FOR LANDRY JONES
A number of Landry Jones' significant moments in life have come in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His college debut, against BYU in 2009, and his greatest win, the 2010 Big 12 title game, both came at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Now comes the Cotton Bowl in the same venue.
And oh yeah, Jones got married last summer in Fort Worth, to Sooner basketball player Whitney Hand.
“I'm going to say the wedding is definitely the top of the list,” Jones said. “That one lasts forever. The other ones, they're in there somewhere.
“A lot of things have impacted my life in this area, for sure. There is some significance here. It's exciting being back here and finishing my career where I started it.”
HOW SHAKING OFF THE RUST
After over a month without a game, Oklahoma's football team shook off a little rust when it returned to the practice field.
“Everyone's always a little bit rusty when you don't play for a month,” said junior linebacker Tom Wort. “You kinda get into a routine, and then that routine gets shaken up. So it's gonna come down to the fundamentals. We've gotta tackle, block, the real basic stuff.
“I think special teams will be a huge part. You really get rusty when you don't do that for a while. We've just gotta go out there and practice, and work on fundamentals.”
SOONERS VISIT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Oklahoma players and coaches visited the Children's Medical Center in Dallas on Wednesday as part of the scheduled activities during Cotton Bowl week.
Monday, Texas A&M visited children at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, also in Dallas.