Oklahoma football: 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.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 4, 2013

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.”

QUOTABLE

Oklahoma senior running back Damien Williams, asked if quarterback Trevor Knight will lead the Sooners in rushing in every game:

“Nah. No sir.”

by Ryan Aber
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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