OU football notebook: Kenny Stills excited to be back

BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: September 8, 2011
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Sophomore wide receiver Kenny Stills missed the season opener, serving a one-game suspension for a DUI charge from last winter. He watched the game from his apartment.


“Last week was rough for me,” Stills said. “I missed my guys. We're a big family. We're like brothers. That was tough for me. I felt I let them down by not being there, not just as a player but emotionally.

“But I was a big fan at home. I was excited for them. I realized I made a mistake and had to live with that. But it's in the past. I messed up. I know I messed up. I'm just moving forward.”

WOULD PAC-12 INFLUENCE RECRUITING?

If Oklahoma moves to the Pac-12 as speculated, could it affect recruiting?

Regardless how it shakes out, OU coach Bob Stoops said bordering the state of Texas is a bigger factor than the conference you play in.

“Proximity matters the most,” Stoops said. “We've always recruited heavier and stronger more in north Texas than the south. We've had a lot of success that way.”

While it's unlikely the Sooners will split from the Longhorns, would it affect recruiting to play in a conference with no Texas schools?

“It may a little bit, but overall I don't know that it would drastically,” Stoops said.

SELMON TRIBUTES

South Florida will honor Sooner great Lee Roy Selmon, who was a former USF athletic director, at Saturday's home opener against Ball State. Players will wear the No. 63 on their helmets for all games this season.

Selmon decals will be distributed to all fans to be worn at Saturday's game. The No. 63 will be painted on the field in two locations. The school also will have a moment of silence and video tribute before kickoff.



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