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OU football notebook: Texas Tech still a touchy subject for the Sooners

BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: November 15, 2011

“No,” he said, almost scolding the reporter that registered the question. “That game was a long time ago. It's fair to say everybody's a different team at a certain part of the year than another part of the year. … No. That game's a long time ago. It does me no good (to address it).”

WORT'S ANKLE IMPROVING, COULD PLAY AT BAYLOR

Linebacker Tom Wort, who had to leave the Nov. 5 Texas A&M game with a sprained left ankle, is on the mend. Stoops said Wort planned to practice Tuesday afternoon.

“We'll see,” Stoops said, referring to his availability for Saturday's game at Baylor. “He was running and doing drills (Monday), but he didn't go through our team work. He looked closer to being ready to play.”

Wort has already endured a bruised hip and concussion this season. Those injuries caused him to miss parts of games, or whole games. Still, with 42 tackles, the sophomore middle linebacker is fifth on the team in that category. He has 3 ½ sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery – which he returned for a touchdown against Ball State.

WHO'S AT CENTER THIS WEEK FOR OKLAHOMA? STAY TUNED.

With Ben Habern's forearm continuing to heal, after his return against A&M, there's some speculation that he could start this week. Then again, the line had developed some chemistry with Gabe Ikard at center and Adam Shead at left guard.

OU's coaches have said Ikard could also rotate in at right guard, with Tyler Evans.

I'll announce that maybe (Wednesday) or Thursday,” Stoops said. “I'm sure the coaches are still looking at that. We just actually have to confer whether we'll change or go with what we had. The chemistry's been good. Let me just wait on that.”

BAYLOR BEARS DOWN ONCE AT HOME IN WACO

Stoops began his news conference Tuesday noting how much better Baylor has played at home than on the road. All three of the Bears' losses have come away from Floyd Casey Stadium.

“They're averaging right around 50 points a game (at home),” Stoops said. “They're playing with a lot of energy and great success at home, for whatever reason – like a lot of teams around the country. … At home, they sure have lit it up and played well.”