OU Caravan: Linebacker Corey Nelson excited 'to be physical again'

This spring, co-defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said repeatedly that linebackers would play a greater role next season, even saying his system had done that unit ‘an injustice.'
by Jason Kersey Published: June 5, 2013
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“It was the most exciting part for me,” Keith said.

Supporters made a gauntlet for the team to run through with the NCAA trophy. When the Sooners ran through the gauntlet, they sprinted to Keith. “I wasn't in the gauntlet,” he said. “They came got around me 360, bounced around. Jumped around. Then they raced to the stage and sang ‘Red Solo Cup.'”

STOOPS: ‘IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH'

Stoops assured fans that though OU in the last three season has won 32 games, one outright Big 12 title and one co-championship, “It's not good enough.

“Listen, I get it … it's not what we're used to. I am the one who, as the leader, set that standard. No one out there wants it more than I do.

“So we've done some things and are hopefully making some changes to getting us back to winning 12 and 13 games and winning the national championship. That's what we're about.”

KRUGER WISHES M'BAYE WELL

OU basketball coach Lon Kruger admitted being caught off guard by Amath M'Baye's decision to leave school with a year of eligibility left, but said he wishes the departed forward the best.

“It's just part of it,” Kruger said. “It was a little bit of a surprise.”

Kruger said if M'Baye had been projected as a potential first-round NBA Draft selection, it would've been a “no brainer.”

“Now he's not projecting like that,” Kruger said. “But we still hope it works out well for him. That just makes more minutes available for someone else. You just have to pick it up and move on.”

M'Baye averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Sooners last year, his only active season in Norman. He transferred from Wyoming before the 2011-12 season, but had to sit out a year due to transfer rules.

BY JASON KERSEY AND BERRY TRAMEL

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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