NORVELL: ULM INTERCEPTION A GOOD CALL
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell said Tuesday that he believes officials got a controversial interception ruling correct in Saturday's season-opening win over Louisiana-Monroe.
Early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Trevor Knight threw a deep pass to sophomore receiver Trey Metoyer, who appeared to come down with the grab before ULM defender Cordero Smith ripped the ball loose.
The ball never hit the ground. The play was originally ruled a Metoyer catch, then officials convened and said it was incomplete.
But upon further review, Smith was awarded an interception because Metoyer never completed the catch.
Norvell said it was the right call.
“He's gotta come down with the ball,” Norvell said. “I mean, you don't put that in the official's hands, and that's a pretty clear rule. When you come down, you've gotta roll over with the football. It can't come out at any time.
“So, to me, that was a good call. He's gotta finish that catch and give it to the officials. That's what we always talk about.”
Metoyer's only catch Saturday was a 13-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter.
HANCOCK TO SPEAK SATURDAY AT OU
Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS and College Football Playoff, will speak at OU on Saturday at 3 p.m., three hours before the Sooners' Big 12 Conference opener against West Virginia kicks off.
Hancock will talk inside Gaylord Hall, located just west of the football stadium. The session is open to the public and will be streamed live online.
Hancock, a 1972 OU journalism graduate, is speaking as part of the Gaylord College's Centennial, celebrating 100 years of OU journalism education.
He will be the first executive director of the College Football Playoff, the new system to crown a national champion that begins next year.
FORMER OU ATHLETIC OFFICIAL DIES
Curtis Jones, who spent five years in the Oklahoma athletic department, died Wednesday morning.
Jones, who was in his second year as West Virginia's assistant athletic director for academic support, was 40. The cause of death has not been released.
Jones was OU's director of compliance in 2003-04, assistant AD for compliance in 2004-05 and assistant director of athletic academic affairs from 2005-08.
He went on to South Florida and Texas before taking the job at West Virginia.
Before arriving at OU, he was Missouri's director of football operations in 1999-2000.
Jones' brother, Corby Jones, played quarterback at Missouri. Their father, Curtis Jones Sr., was an assistant coach for the Tigers. Jones Sr. suffered a fatal heart attack just before the 1998 season.
“The Mountaineer athletic family is overwhelmed with sorrow at the sudden passing of Curtis Jones,” West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said in a statement. “In his brief time with West Virginia University, he brought passion and professionalism to his position as the head of academic support for all of our WVU student-athletes. He was a beloved figure among the coaches, fellow administrators and student-athletes. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers and condolences are with his family, particularly with his wife, Mary Ellen Jones, a valued member of our Mountaineer family.”
IKARD HAPPY FOR DREW ALLEN
Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard admitted it was a little “awkward” when his longtime roommate and friend Drew Allen chose to transfer to Syracuse for his final season of eligibility.
“It was kind of different,” Ikard said. “I just gave him a hug, a little exchange. But I'll see that kid again. It'll be all right.”
Allen was a backup quarterback for four years, but he fell down the depth chart when coach Bob Stoops announced Blake Bell would be the Sooners' second quarterback behind Landry Jones last August.
Allen took advantage of NCAA rules that allow players who graduate with eligibility remaining to transfer and play immediately at their new school. He started Syracuse's season-opening loss to Penn State last weekend.
“He let me know he got the starting job when the coaches told him,” Ikard said. “I'm very happy for him. I know they lost a close one up there against Penn State, but I'm really happy he's getting an opportunity to play and an opportunity to show the skills he has on the football field.”
Oklahoma senior running back Damien Williams, asked if quarterback Trevor Knight will lead the Sooners in rushing in every game:
“Nah. No sir.”