OU football notes: Bob Stoops to visit ESPN; Ronnell Lewis working at LB, DE

By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: August 12, 2010 at 9:10 am •  Published: August 11, 2010

Stoops visiting ESPN

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has accepted an invitation from ESPN to travel to Bristol, Conn., for a day of interviews Thursday.

Stoops, who flew to Bristol after practice Wednesday, is scheduled to do 14 interviews over a 4-hour period with a mix of television, radio and Internet appearances.

Here is the tentative schedule (all times a.m. CT):

7:25: Mike & Mike Show (ESPN Radio)

7:45: Doug Gottlieb Show (ESPN Radio)

7:55: SportsCenter.com

8:05: ESPN Rise

8:20: The Herd (tape) (Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio)

8:45: SportsCenter

9:00: ESPN.com chat

9:25: 1250 ESPN Radio Pittsburgh

9:50: First Take

10:15: ESPNews

10:30: ESPNU

10:45: Digital Media

11:00: ESPN.com video interview with Ivan Maisel

11:30: College Football Live

Ronnell Lewis working linebacker, defensive end

The Sooners plan to feature hard-hitting sophomore Ronnell Lewis in a couple of ways.

When he isn't playing strongside linebacker, Lewis will get snaps on passing downs as a stand-up rushing defensive end, similar to what the New York Giants used to do with Lawrence Taylor.

"He's a guy that's really physical and explosive and athletic and that's what you need," said defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright. "There's a little learning curve there, plus he's kind of double-training at linebacker and defensive end. He's having to deal with learning all the calls and there's so much that goes on. He's showing some great signs, and I think it's going to be a great move for us with him, especially when you play all the different spread people we play. It gives you a speed rusher. He brings a lot to the table. He's not necessarily natural at it, but he's a really good pass rusher."