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OU football notebook: Preparations for Louisiana-Monroe begins next week

The Sooners held their second major scrimmage Thursday morning on Owen Field. OU hosts ULM on Aug. 31.
by Berry Tramel and Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 15, 2013


Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said his team will begin preparing specifically for its first 2013 opponent — Louisiana-Monroe — sometime in the middle of next week.

The Sooners, who held their second major scrimmage Thursday morning on Owen Field, began fall camp Aug. 1.

OU hosts Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 31. The Warhawks were 8-5 last season, which began with a 34-31, overtime upset of then-No. 8 Arkansas.

ULM also took Auburn and Baylor to the brink, and qualified for its first-ever bowl game in 2012.

“They're an excellent football team,” Stoops said. “You look at what they did … heck, they beat Arkansas, took Auburn to the wire and in all respect should have beat them with the way the game went. They're a really good football team. They've proven it year and year out.”


Several years ago, Joe Rector, who played end on Bud Wilkinson's teams of the 1950s, organized a quarterly luncheon for former Sooners, primarily of the Wilkinson era. Rector died earlier this year, but a few of his former teammates plan to continue the tradition.

They will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Willow Creek Country Club, 6501 S. Country Club Drive, Oklahoma City. OU radio analyst Merv Johnson will be the guest speaker.

“Joe was one of the good guys,” said Chuck Bowman, longtime director of Oklahoma's Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a Sooner player from the 1950s. “Bob Burris, B.W. Scott and I are going to keep that lunch time alive. Just too much good food, fun and fellowship to let slip away. We will call it Joe's Lunch Bunch.”

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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