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OU's Landry Jones, Whitney Hand team up for life

Sooners' quarterback executed a complicated proposal to his fiancee, a shooting guard on the women's basketball team.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: July 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm •  Published: July 5, 2011

/articleid/3583044/1/pictures/1458477">Photo - Recently engaged Whitney Hand and Landry Jones on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, in Norman, Okla.   Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Recently engaged Whitney Hand and Landry Jones on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Hand said, “I was so overwhelmed, I couldn't even listen to the letters.”

No worries — Jones enlisted Hand's older sister to videotape the whole thing.

That included the moment Jones got down on one knee and asked Hand to marry him. Through tears and laughs, she said yes.

Then, he gave her a ring.

It has a larger circle-cut diamond that is surrounded by numerous small diamonds. Several more small diamonds are on the top of the band. Those small diamonds carry added significance as a gift from Jones' maternal grandmother, who took them from one of her bracelets.

Even though Jones and Hand had been talking about an engagement, a ring wasn't something they'd discussed much.

“She kind of gave me an idea of the design or the type that she liked,” Jones said.

But ...

“He did it all by himself,” Hand said. “He designed it, went and got it made.

“He's pretty proud of it.”

She glanced at Jones.

He winked at Hand.

“This is better than anything I could've picked out,” she said.

The happy couple still has yet to decide on a wedding date. Or a location. Or much of anything. But there are two details about which Jones and Hand are sure.

First, they want to keep the wedding simple.

“We would go to the courthouse if we could,” she said.

Second, they intend to keep other commitments in mind even as they solidify the one between themselves.

Both have two seasons of college eligibility remaining.

“I'm going to finish my two years,” said Hand, who will likely finish her bachelor's degree and start work on a master's degree later this year.

Jones' future is still up in the air. He may have a chance to leave OU for the NFL after this season. He has no idea yet what he will do if faced with that prospect, but he knows he has the support of his soon-to-be wife.

“We're both very comfortable with whatever happens,” Hand said. “We both want to finish what we started. Later in life, we don't want to look back and say we didn't do it right.”

Jones nodded and said, “We've worked so hard towards something. It's nice having someone who understands ... being a collegiate athlete and what it takes. You don't want to throw that all down the toilet and do something you're going to regret later on.”

Make of those comments what you will, Sooner Nation. Will he stay? Will he go?

I don't know.

I don't think he does either.

But this much is clear: Jones and Hand support each other regardless of the situation. They seem in tune with each other. They seem to complement one another.

We may joke around about the Sooners' celebrity couple — should we call them Handry or Landney? — and the details of how he popped the question to her may only add to the fairy tale. But don't let the mushy stuff fool you.

These two are a formidable team.

Tramel: Jones, Hand join a long list of sports romances
by Jenni Carlson
Reporter and Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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