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OU chat with Ryan Aber: Talking Dorial Green-Beckham, new uniforms and stadium expansion

OU writer Ryan Aber jumped on the Power Lunch chat today at 11 a.m. to discuss Dorial Green-Beckham-to-OU, alternate uniforms and the stadium expansion plans. Here's the full transcript:
by Ryan Aber Modified: July 3, 2014 at 10:34 am •  Published: July 3, 2014
is is supposed to be the off-season, right?
Zach 11:14 a.m. From what I have understood (or misunderstood), the renovations are not to begin until after the 2015 season and be completed by the time the 2016 begins. That is roughly 9 months. The math doesnt' add up. What am I missing?
Ryan Aber 11:16 a.m. That's what OU officials are saying, though they also say the work could be done in phases where the south end zone are would be done in time for the 2016 season and then the press box/west side work could be done after the end of that season. But with the way things are spread around over there, I'd say there's also a chance they could compress everything into a tight timeframe. The biggest hurdle now is raising the money to get it kicked into gear.
Steve 11:16 a.m. If DGB sits out this year, as expected, and doesn't get into any trouble, wouldn't that be reason to think he might have changed?
Ryan Aber 11:18 a.m. It could be, but as I said earlier, I also think there's something to be said for doing it a top-tier program in the spotlight. It's one thing to not cause any problems at Eastern Illinois or a similar place but to do it in an environment like OU with the kind of spotlight the Sooners are under could say even more. The downside of that, of course, is that if he went to OU, he'd have to sit out this season and then play in 2015, where at a lower level he could play right away and bolt to the NFL after this season.
BlondeSooner 11:19 a.m. I personally do not like the new uniforms but I acknowledge the fact that the players, recruits and even former players appear to be very excited about them. In your opinion, why do you think the players are so stoked about the change?
Ryan Aber 11:21 a.m. Just watching the video from the announcement, it's clear that the players are extremely excited about wearing something different. The players see teams like Baylor, Oregon and Oklahoma State wearing flashy different uniforms and they want to do things like that. OU resisted the change for awhile but wanted to make the change without going completely away from their traditional look. I think the compromise is a good one. I don't mind most of the tweaks to the unis. I especially think the helmets are sharp. Most importantly, though, I haven't heard or seen one recruit say a negative thing about them.
james 11:21 a.m. What can you tell us about the two remaining 2014 commits that have yet to arrive on campus?
Ryan Aber 11:23 a.m. Vontre McQuinnie and Orlando Brown are the two who have yet to arrive. Both are taking classes this summer so they'll be good to go by the fall. As long as they do well in those classes, they'll be ready to go, but anytime a recruit enters the summer after his senior season with work left to do, you start to hold your breath a bit. Neither were unexpected, though, as McQuinnie had transferred quite a bit during high school and Brown knew he had work to do when OU recruited him.
Blair 11:24 a.m. Ryan- I understand you had access to current & former players about the uniforms. Do you think the university would give names of players that do not like them ? Of course players that still have connections would not saying anything negative.
Ryan Aber 11:25 a.m. We didn't get access to current players and certainly if we did they wouldn't be saying anything negative. As for former players (and recruits), nobody tells them what to say. Plenty of former players have been critical of things going on with the program at time the last few years. Also, those interviews aren't arranged or orchestrated at all by OU. We reach out to them personally.
Karl 11:25 a.m. Can you tell us once again how big the new football gym is going to be? I've come across some conflicting info.
Ryan Aber 11:26 a.m. I'm looking at the handout I was given at the regents meeting last week. The weight room is currently 8,535 square feet and will be 30,582 square feet when finished, an addition of 22,047 square feet.
Guest 11:26 a.m. With the renovations to the stadium is the number of seats going to increase or decrease and do you know the capacity? Thanks
Ryan Aber 11:27 a.m. There still isn't a definitive number as there are minor things that will change a bit--where rails go, etc. The capacity, though, isn't going to change much. It could go up by a few hundred, it could go down by a few hundred, but the idea of these renovations wasn't to alter the capacity of the stadium but to improve the experience, both for players and fans.
Blair 11:28 a.m. I also thought it was "slick" that they uni information was released after a popular stadium improvements were announced and during USA World Cup game.
Ryan Aber 11:31 a.m. OU said it had orchestrated the announcement before the World Cup schedule (as it relates to the US game at least). That's certainly believable. That said, surely they could've worked it around the schedule and made the announcement next week or sometime soon.
Guest 11:31 a.m. How many seats will be expanded in width in the stadium and what sections?
Ryan Aber 11:32 a.m. I'm not sure exactly the number of where they are but there are plenty of stadium benches right now that have a tighter space than the new renovations. Every bench seat will be 18 inches by my understanding.
Guest 11:33 a.m. anything on basketball gym changes
Ryan Aber 11:33 a.m. They're still in the process with that but it would seem the changes to the basketball arena will be incremental, unlike the football stadium.
Ryan Aber 11:34 a.m. All right, that's all the time I have for today unfortunately. Thanks for all the questions and keep up with for all the latest on OU football.
by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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