NORMAN — When sophomore Kendal Thompson fractured his foot on the first day of Oklahoma's preseason practices, he and his dad understood what that probably meant for his chances to ever be the Sooners' starting quarterback.
“It was just not a good time to have an injury,” Charles Thompson told The Oklahoman in a Wednesday telephone interview. “Just bad timing. It's kinda like being in golf. Unless things on the leaderboard fall back to you, you don't have a chance down the stretch.
“But I kinda feel like they have fallen back to him.”
Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight started the first two games before being replaced by junior Blake Bell, who has been the Sooners' starting quarterback ever since. Both signal callers have displayed flashes of their potential, but they have also been inconsistent.
Kendal Thompson returned to practice in mid-September but has yet to see the field. And after Oklahoma's 41-12 loss at Baylor last Thursday — when Bell and the OU offense struggled mightily to do much of anything — Charles called into a local radio station to say his son should get a shot.
He insisted that when he expresses his opinion, it's as a former player and fan who loves the program — and not necessarily as Kendal's dad.
While some have criticized his postgame radio call-in, Charles Thompson pointed out that he's worked in local sports radio in some capacity for the past several years. He currently hosts a mid-morning radio show that airs on Lawton's 93.7 FM and AM 1050.
“I find it odd that people would take issue with me speaking or calling in on the postgame when I've done that many times,” Charles said. “I've loved this program since I was 6-years old. I played for this program. All I want at the end of the day is to see the program return back to elite status.