Tillman to call first OU game
Former Sooner to team with Tim Brando in the broadcast booth on Saturday

by Mel Bracht Modified: August 29, 2008 at 8:14 am •  Published: August 29, 2008
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t kind of gets us into the mode of what's going on in the college scene.”

Tillman said the crew has been doing extra homework to be ready to provide plenty of features, anecdotes and interviews in case the game gets out of hand.

"There is so much change for the Mocs,” he said. "For them, you hate to be cynical, it's a nice payday. It's a chance for them to find out where they are. For the Sooners, it's more of a function of working on execution.”

The one-hour pregame show will commemorate coach Bob Stoops' 10th season at OU and will feature interviews with former Sooner players and celebrities in attendance.

"That benchmark number is really big,” Tillman said. "In this day and age, it's three (seasons) and see ya. If you can't get it done in that time frame, you're not hanging around.”

Tillman said Stoops has been successful by staying focused on the program's long-term goals.

"He cares so much about winning, but he does not get bogged down with losing a guy here or there,” he said. "With him, it's all about next. ‘OK, you're leaving, who's next?' The program is bigger than anyone individual, and I think It's a great message that's worked for him.”

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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