Landry Jones knew the storm was coming.
The accusations and investigation. Phrases like "lack of institutional control” and "failure to monitor.” Rumors of suspension, probation, the "death penalty.”
OU's quarterback of the future didn't blink as whispers of NCAA sanctions crescendoed to a roar in the Sooner state Wednesday afternoon.
His commitment to play football at Oklahoma remained firm. His respect for the coaching staff and players didn't budge.
He was prepared.
"It didn't bother me at all,” Jones, a four-star prospect from Artesia (N.M.), said of the penalties levied by the NCAA against OU. "The coaches had already told us what was going to go on through all of this.”
By the time it was announced OU would be stripped of its 2005 victories — among several other penalties, including probation and the loss of scholarships — Jones had just finished his accuracy drills.
Jones designed the drills himself — setting up trash cans for the long ball, hanging targets from the field goal net — in hopes of becoming a better candidate for the Sooner starting job as a true freshman in 2008.
On Wednesday, he didn't even stop to watch the news unfold.