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OU football: Pay-per-view broadcast of Florida A&M game was network quality

REMOTE PATROL — Analyst Dave Lapham was the broadcast star of the OU-Florida A&M pay-per-view telecast.
by Mel Bracht Published: September 8, 2012
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The “Sooner Sports Overtime” postgame show included analysis from former OU lineman Dusty Dvoracek and Bob Stoops' press conference. Dvorcek was disappointed with OU's line play against the outmanned Rattlers. “You got to find a way to dominate the line of scrimmage,” he said.

SIDELINE INTERVIEWS

Sideline reporter Chad McKee was busy with interviews, including OU women's basketball coach Sherri Coale and OU President David Boren and, in the postgame, Damien Williams and Justin Brown.

However, the biggest star was a visit from Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin, who stopped by just as McKee was preparing to interview men's basketball coach Lon Kruger. Griffin talked about addressing the football team at practice on Friday. “I literally told them to score more points than the other team,” Griffin said.

Lapham said Griffin was well-received by the players during their practice in the basketball complex. “He came in like he was a Hollywood star. It's like they had met Santa Claus.”

FLIPPING CHANNELS

It wasn't a good day for Big 12 defectors Texas A&M and Missouri, who lost their SEC debuts in two of the day's most exciting telecasts.

ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit was impressed with Florida's second-half turnaround in rallying from a 17-7 deficit to win. “Give Will Muschamp and his staff a lot of credit. They came out (in the second half) with a different attitude. … Florida has kept (Texas A&M quarterback Johnny) Manziel in the pocket the entire second half.”

* On Missouri's failed fake punt on fourth and 11 from its own territory in the fourth quarter, play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore exclaimed, “Can you believe that call?”

* On ESPN's “College GameDay,” Herbstreit picked Arizona to defeat OSU in a late telecast. The Pac-12 Network game aired only on the Dish network in Oklahoma.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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