Bradford wearing cast againTuesday was a busy day in the middle of a busy week for the Bradford family. Tuesday morning, Sam Bradford was honored at a ceremony in the morning by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, who declared Jan. 13 "Sam Bradford Day.” Sam was spotted wearing the cast again on his injured left thumb, after he wore just a splint preparing for and during the BCS National Championship. But Bradford’s father, Kent Bradford, said the plan was always for Sam to wear the cast again for about a month after the title game as he recovers from torn ligaments.
Sooners lose WR commitment to Texas TechFour-star receiver prospect Eric Ward has switched his commitment from Oklahoma to Texas Tech, according to the Wichita Falls (Texas) Times Record News. "I felt like I could do better at Tech,” Ward told the News. "I just wanted what was best for me. I’m happy with my decision, and I hope people will support me with my decision.” The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Ward finished his career at Wichita Falls Rider High School with 123 receptions for 2,127 yards and 24 touchdowns. He was considered the 38th-best wide receiver recruit in the nation. OU — which loses senior wide receivers Quentin Chaney, Juaquin Iglesias and Manny Johnson to graduation — now has a verbal commitment from only one prep receiver, Jaz Reynolds.
Heupel no longer a candidate in MinnesotaMinnesota coach Tim Brewster has narrowed his search for an offensive coordinator to a few names. And Oklahoma quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel is not one of them, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Over the weekend, both the Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Heupel was a leading candidate for the job. Heupel staying in Norman gives Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford another reason to stay in school instead of turning pro.
Rivals releases final rankingsOU has five verbal commitments in the final Rivals Top-100 rankings, released Tuesday. Defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland of Lufkin, Texas, leads the way at No. 36. Jenks defensive back Gabe Lynn is No. 43, followed by Dewar linebacker Ronnell Lewis (No. 44), defensive end Justin Chaisson (No. 73) and defensive back Kevin Brent (No. 78).
Words of wisdomFormer Sooner Roy Williams of the Dallas Cowboys hosted a watch party for children Tuesday at Cox Convention Center for the documentary Crystal Darkness, which educates kids on the dangers of using methamphetamine. Across the state, more than 275 watch parties were held at churches, schools and other areas. The campaign is co-chaired by First Lady Kim Henry and Burbridge Foundation President Wes Lane. BY JAKE TROTTER
Bradford wearing cast again