OU football notebook: Sooners on the field by 6 a.m. Friday

Running back Roy Finch practices despite reports that he suffered an injury playing basketball.
Oklahoman Published: August 3, 2012


photo - COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Lane Johnson (69) and Bronson Irwin (68) stretch during spring football practice for the OU Sooners on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Monday, March 5, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Lane Johnson (69) and Bronson Irwin (68) stretch during spring football practice for the OU Sooners on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Monday, March 5, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Latu did not play football until his senior year of high school. Coach Bob Stoops announced Wednesday that Latu was unable to become academically qualified at Oklahoma, but, according to the Scout site AStateNation.com, he could soon be ruled immediately eligible by the NCAA.

NOTRE DAME'S GUNSLINGER IN THE AIR

Tommy Rees' suspension doesn't mean he's only out for the Irish's season opener in Dublin. It means head coach Brian Kelly is left to find a starting quarterback between his three remaining choices – junior Andrew Hendrix, sophomore Everett Golson and the nation's top-touted QB commit, freshman Gunner Kiel.

The problem for Kelly? None of those three options have ever seen a start, and only Hendrix has seen the field and that was only in one game.

Rees will still be practicing, and Kelly will most likely look to him the rest of the season, but who will lead the offense in Ireland? Kelly is going to give it to the guy he thinks he can “trust” the most not to turn over the football.

ASTROTURF IN IRISH STADIUM

When the Sooners play at Notre Dame in September 2013, they might not run on the same patch of grass made famous by Knute Rockne and the Four Horseman and Frank Leahy and Johnny Lujack.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced on a South Bend radio station Thursday night that field turf is coming to South Bend. He is also working to get a video screen.

“It's something that's eventually going to be in the stadium,” Kelly said of the AstroTurf. “We had a lot of construction in there this year, which kind of put us back a little bit, but that's coming.”

Staff writer Berry Tramel contributed to this report


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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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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