Coach Bob Stoops, and members of his coaching staff, were in Idaho last week to watch Boise State's Wednesday and Thursday practices. Since the memorable 2007 Fiesta Bowl, Stoops and Boise State coach Chris Petersen have developed a strong business relationship.
Last spring, Petersen visited OU's spring practices.
“I'm going to try and find out some of theirs,” Stoops joked then about Boise State's success running trick plays. “Mine used to work a long time ago, but it's been a little while since they have. No one notices them when they don't work.”
Ball State to cash in
Ball State will be a heavy underdog when it visits Norman on Oct. 1. But, regardless of the outcome, the Cardinals will walk away winners in the checkbook department. By agreeing to play OU, the Cardinals will collect $900,000, the biggest paycheck in school history.
Ball State will play two other schools from BCS conferences next season. The Cardinals moved their home game against Indiana to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sept. 3 — Kevin Wilson's debut as IU's new coach. Ball State will also play Sept. 10 at South Florida.
Stoops to headline Nebraska clinic
In December, Stoops coached OU to a Big 12 Championship victory over Nebraska. Later this month, he'll be the keynote speaker at the Nebraska Football Springs Coaches Clinic.
The clinic runs March 31 to April 2 in conjunction with the Cornhuskers' spring drills. Stoops will address the coaches on April 1.
Stoops and Nebraska coach Bo Pelini are longtime friends. They both attended Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio.
Class of 2012 update
Last week, the Sooners picked up their fourth verbal commitment from Rockwall, Texas, athlete Daniel Brooks. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Brooks has played quarterback, running back, receiver and defensive back.
The Sooners are also after one of Brooks' Rockwall High School teammates, linebacker Derek David.
David had been committed to Texas Tech, but as of this past weekend, is no longer. It's unclear whether David de-committed or Tech pulled the offer.