Oklahoma football: Was Sooners' selection for Sugar Bowl a business decision?

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: December 11, 2013

Monday, Ikard was named the winner of the Wuerffel Trophy, which combines athletic, academic and community service. He was also honored as one of the National Football Foundation's Scholar-Athlete Award winners at a dinner in New York.

Selmon was an All-American defensive lineman for the Sooners in 1974 and 1975 before going on to a Hall of Fame career in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Selmon died in 2011.

OU COMMIT TO BE HONORED SUNDAY

Oklahoma 2014 cornerback commitment Marcus Green will be recognized Sunday at the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers game, where Green and six other Dallas/Fort Worth-area football standouts will receive their Semper Fidelis All-America Bowl jerseys.

The game will be played Sunday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. inside the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.

Green, a three-star prospect from Cedar Hill, Texas, committed to the Sooners on July 18.

SABAN HOPES HIS TEAM RESPONDS WELL

Alabama lost the 2008 SEC title game to Florida, which cost it a chance to play for the national championship that year.

The Crimson Tide's consolation prize was a trip to the Sugar Bowl, where Utah stunned Bama 31-17.

Could Nick Saban's team be similarly unmotivated this year, when the 11-1 Crimson Tide meet Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl? Alabama had its eye on a third straight national championship until losing a heartbreaker at archrival Auburn on Nov. 30.

“I think it's a difficult dynamic,” Saban said. “I mean, we had a team this year that certainly had goals and aspirations for what they wanted to accomplish.

“So now how that team recovers and how that team goes and takes the challenge of this game is gonna say a lot about the character that the leadership of this team has, but it's certainly an opportunity for them to prove the kind of football team that they can be.”

QUOTABLE

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, on the recruiting impact of a Sugar Bowl appearance:

“That's what players all hear about, talk about, being in these kind of games. It's always a plus. … They don't draw your name out of a hat to play in these games. You play in these games by winning. So fortunately we're in another one.”


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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