OU football notebook: Coach Bob Stoops returns from watching Boise State practice

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: March 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm •  Published: March 13, 2011

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.

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