Projected to be a first round NFL Draft pick next April, quarterback Landry Jones was asked if he would consider turning down millions of dollars to be a pastor, one of his life goals.
"The money wouldn't be a factor but it's like my field," Jones said. "If you're a great artist why would you turn down a contract to go into the art field? If I'm not using my talents; I don't have this talent for any reason. God gave me this talent to use so I'm going to use it.
"If somebody drafts me I'm not going to turn that down. It would be a blessing from the Lord if he's rewarding me with that. I definitely have a goal but that would be my ministry."
Jones declined to talk about future wedding plans with OU women's basketball star Whitney Hand or speculate on his future.
"We'll see how it plays out whether I'm a pastor, a chaplain. Whatever God calls me to do I'm going to do it," Jones said. "Right now it's the leader of the University of Oklahoma (football team)."
DIFFERENT TLN NETWORK
On Monday, five Texas A&M players and coach Mike Sherman declined interview requests from the Texas Longhorn Network. On Tuesday, OU's three players and coach Bob Stoops all conducted interviews with TLN.
Senior linebacker Travis Lewis said he someday hopes to start his own version of TLN — the Travis Lewis Network.
"I hate the color burnt orange but we respect them," Lewis said. "Someday when I want to interview some Texas Longhorns I want them to show the same courtesy."
Lewis said his network would feature a wide variety of subjects including bizarre topics like alligator wrestling.
FLEMING MUST RE-EARN STARTING JOB
Senior cornerback Jamell Fleming, second in the nation in passes defended (19) last season, returned to school this summer after missing spring drills.
Stoops was asked if Fleming fell behind the five months he was away from the program.
"We're not much on handing anybody anything in our program," Stoops said. "Just because you're here doesn't mean you get to start. At the end of the day we'll see what kind of shape he's in. He has to keep earning it.
"We were happy with the way Gabe Lynn progressed, the way he came on in the spring. Hopefully that will keep happening for him, too. Then you might have a chance to play both of them or spell guys."
STOOPS ON LONGHORN NETWORK
Stoops was asked if he would have concerns if the Texas Longhorn Network was allowed to televise high school games.
"Sure," Stoops said. "To me the lifeblood of every program is recruiting. And so we either all recruit by the same rules or we don't. I've got total trust in our administration, leadership of the league and the NCAA that we'll all play under the same rules.
"If not, then let's change the rules so that we can all do it the same way."
LEWIS' A STAR WARS FAN
Lewis was asked Tuesday morning by a TV station if the Sooners need the Longhorns to be good for the Red River rivalry.
"Does Obi-Wan (Kenobi) need Darth Vader?" Lewis said.
Later in the day, talking with newspaper writers, Lewis said he didn't care if the Longhorns went 1-12 and win-loss records don't matter in the Cotton Bowl.
"I'm not saying I want them to do amazing, wish them the best of luck, and send them Christmas cards," Lewis said. "But I love playing them. It's a rivalry that if you took it away the Big 12 wouldn't be the same."
Which team is Obi-Wan Kenobi?
"Come on dude, you know we're the good side of the force," Lewis said.
En route from the national TV area to the local TV area, the Sooners were met by a horde of cameras shooting footage.
The cameras honed in paparazzi-style on Stoops.
"Bob's like Kim Kardashian," Lewis quipped.
METOYER STILL IN LIMBO
Stoops said he didn't have an update on five-star wide receiver Trey Metoyer, who told The Oklahoman last week he needs an A and a B in two classes at Tyler (Texas) Junior College to qualify to play at OU.
The best-case scenario is Metoyer misses the first week of fall camp (10 practices). OU players report on Aug. 3. Classes at Tyler end on Aug. 11.
FRIENDLY IN-STATE RIVALRY
A reporter asked Ryan Broyles if Oklahoma has the nation's top two wide receivers; himself and Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State).
"Definitely," Broyles said. "I've been around him a couple of times. He's a good dude. He's totally humble."
Broyles already owns 10 school receiving records. Blackmon won the Biletnikoff award last year.