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OU football: Bob Stoops relaxed, jovial before Sooners' first preseason practice

OU lineman Gabe Ikard performs Stoops' victory dance — ‘The Youngstown Shuffle' — before Caravan crowd at Cox Center.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 31, 2013

After revealing some classified information Wednesday night, Gabe Ikard and Bronson Irwin might find themselves running a few extra wind sprints when Oklahoma's fall camp begins bright and early Thursday morning.

No, the duo of senior offensive linemen didn't reveal the identity of Oklahoma's 2013 starting quarterback.

During a Sooner Caravan event inside the Cox Convention Center, master of ceremonies Toby Rowland asked each student-athlete present to divulge something embarrassing about their head coach.

Irwin said that after big wins, the team circles up in the locker room and chants, “Coach Stoops, Coach Stoops.”

“Then, out of the crowd, Coach Stoops comes out, and this is what you see,” Irwin said.

Ikard stood on the stage and performed Stoops' victory dance — “The Youngstown Shuffle” — described by the senior center as a “mix of scuba and bull riding.”

The night before Oklahoma's first preseason practice, Stoops wouldn't dance, but was nonetheless jovial and relaxed during his question-and-answer session with Rowland, women's basketball coach Sherri Coale and men's basketball coach Lon Kruger.

The Sooners will practice once in each of the first five days of camp. After that, NCAA rules allow two-a-day practices every other day.

Stoops detailed his practice schedule for the crowd.

“We'll go two days with helmets and shoes, no pads,” Stoops said. “Then the third and fourth days, you have shoulder pads, helmets and shoes, and on the fifth day you're allowed to go full pads.

“Truthfully, with shoulder pads, helmets and shoes, we really don't need pants.”

The crowd erupted in laughter, prompting Stoops to quickly clarify, “We need pants. We don't need pads in the pants. We go full go ... because everything in today's game is up. Rarely are you down at the ankles and knees.”

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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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