STOOPS: ULM PREP STARTS NEXT WEEK
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.”
FORMER SOONERS TO MEET
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.”
LYNN LIKES WRIGHT COACHING CORNERS
Oklahoma senior safety Gabe Lynn, who has played cornerback and nickelback at times throughout his collegiate career, said the secondary has benefited from having a second position coach so far.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops coached the entire secondary a year ago, but this year, he's focusing on safeties while longtime OU assistant Bobby Jack Wright handles cornerbacks.
“It helps out a lot,” Lynn said. “Last year, Coach Mike had to watch all of us. We'd be in film forever. Now he's just looking at the safeties and he has Coach Wright, another veteran coach, back there helping him out. It's definitely helped.”
ESPN TO VISIT OU FRIDAY
The ESPN DirecTV Mobile Studio wraps up its two-week preseason college football tour Friday with a trip to Norman.
College Football Live, hosted by Chris Cotter and Robert Smith, will originate from Headington Hall, OU's brand new athletic residence hall, at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
In addition, several live interviews and segments will appear on SportsCenter throughout the day, beginning during the 8 a.m. hour.
The mobile studio tour visited nine other campuses, including Louisville, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Stanford.