“We were all angry,” Hurst said. “We lost four great players who played last year and really contributed to the team.”
Hurst said it has been tough to deal with, but that the team still talks to and encourages the suspended players and hopes they are able to come back.
“Hopefully they get a second chance and have their mind right to come back,” Hurst said. “Right now, it's a big distraction. We still love them and respect them and really want them to come back.”
Franks, Hayes and Reynolds were removed from their scholarships, and Stoops allowed Jackson to keep his and work through summer school. But none of the four suspended players are listed on the current roster or in the 2012 media guide.
STOOPS ON RECEIVERS: ‘LOTS OF WORK TO DO'
Stoops was asked about his current receiving corps, given the indefinite suspensions.
“We're going to have to see,” Stoops said. “We're not able to work with the players during the summer, and a lot of these guys are new.
“We've got a lot of work to do, but I think there's a lot of talent to work with.”
Junior Kenny Stills is the only receiver on the active roster with a career NCAA Division I reception, and true freshman Trey Metoyer shined during the spring.
OU added several receivers through recruiting, between junior-college transfers and other true freshmen, including Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard and Derrick Woods.
‘LANDRY DIDN'T STRUGGLE; THE OFFENSE STRUGGLED'
OU fans are well aware of quarterback Landry Jones' struggles after Ryan Broyles suffered a season-ending ACL tear last year.
Stoops said Monday, though, that he's more concerned about everyone else.
“I didn't ask him to him to improve on anything,” Stoops said. “I asked about the 10 guys around him. They needed to improve. Landry didn't struggle, the offense struggled.”
PATTERSON DOESN'T THINK ABOUT 2005 OU WIN
TCU coach Gary Patterson was asked about his program's 2005 win at Oklahoma, which was ranked in the top 10 at the time.
“Are you trying to make coach Stoops mad at me?” Patterson said.
The Horned Frogs came to Norman and shocked the Sooners 17-10 in the 2005 season opener, snapping a long home winning streak.
Patterson said he doesn't often think about that game, even with the two teams now in the same conference.
“You've got to learn from history, but the bottom line to it is you can't look back too long,” Patterson said.