Thursday, March 31, 2005
Oklahoma Sooner Article's
Oklahoma wrapped up its Wednesday session again conducting team drills inside the stadium. The Sooners will return to practice on Friday afternoon before holding the first scrimmage of spring practice on Saturday at 10 a.m..
Cold Pizza For Stoops: Hours before practice started, Stoops sat for an interview on the ESPN2 morning show "Cold Pizza."
The topics -- the quarterback derby, a Peterson update, bouncing back from the Orange Bowl -- were mostly routine, though host Dana Jacobsen did slip in a question about the expected 2005 might of defending national champ Southern Cal.
Birdine's absence on field makes for quieter practices: The Oklahoman
One last chance for Bassey: Norman Transcript
Quarterback race likely to last until fall: SoonerSports.com
Fan information for Saturday scrimmage: SoonerSports.com
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Sooner Articles Tuesday, March 29
Sooner Practice Short and In Stadium: The Sooner players held a short 45 min light scrimmage inside Owen Field Monday. In addition, the players were made available for the media. The Sooner'd hold there first public practice Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m.
Sooner trio impressive; tough decision is ahead: The Oklahoman
OU spring football notepad: Norman Transcript
Sooners work inside stadium on Monday: SoonerSports.com
Tommie Harris lifts spirits in Chicago: SoonerSports.com
Seeking Master of the Snap: Tulsa World
OU Notepad: Tulsa World
Friday, March 25, 2005
Oklahoma Sooner's Finish Week One
OU Football Notebook: The Oklahoman
Latimer stepping forward as OU's middle linebacker: The Oklahoman
Frist week of spring ball in the books: SoonerSports.com
First week quotes from Bob Stoops with Media
On the offensive skill players...
"Yes, they did a nice job. The receivers seemed to catch the ball well downfield. The quarterbacks seemed to handle it all well. Yes, I thought there were some good signs there."
On thinking about making the quarterbacks live...
"We don't get any more, so until they let us go draft some a mid-year, I'm not gonna. We may tag them a little more than we have just to make sure they're aware that they might have taken a good shot right there. Just a hand in the chest or something. But, no, we're not going to make them live at all, that's for sure. Coach Long might leave me if I did that."
On the safeties...
"They're working it, getting a feel for things. You know, there's potential back there. They just have to keep getting comfortable with it. We've got to keep throwing passes and letting them run and get it all worked out. They're getting more familiar with it."
On Darrien Williams...
"We played Brandon (Shelby) in that dime slot but we're not sure whether Darrien will play there or not. Darrien is a guy that has a very legitimate chance to earn a starting job at one of those safety positions."
On the spring being important for the younger guys...
"Oh, absolutely. And not only them, but anybody -- the sophomores, any of them that haven't played an awful lot. They have a lot to prove here in the spring. And even guys who have played a lot have to keep it up and do more. But yes, anybody who hasn't had a significant amount of playing time has a lot to prove -- and that's at a lot of ages."
On the corners...
"I don't know if anyone stood out but they're making some progress. I didn't see anything either way that was too good or too bad. We'll watch the tape and see."
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Oklahoma Football Spring Practice Report March 22nd Articles Around the Web
Oklahoma Opens Spring Ball Indoors - Sooner Sports
Sooner's take to the field - Norman Transcript
Sooner's Welcome A 'New Regime' - Tulsa World
Football Fever Back at OU - OU Daily
OU Notebook - NewsOK
Monday, March 21, 2005
Greadbreaking Sooner Dies at 67
Prentice Gautt, who displayed quiet dignity in the face of racial discrimination and became the first black football player at the University of Oklahoma, died Thursday.
Gautt, 67, died in Lawrence, Kan., after being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, his wife, Sandra Gautt, said from their home in Lawrence.
Gautt worked as a special assistant to the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
''Prentice Gautt was truly a great person and he will be remembered as one of the most outstanding graduates in the history of the University of Oklahoma,'' OU President David Boren said. ''His moral courage helped to bring racial justice, not only to our state and to intercollegiate athletics, but also to our entire nation.''
Gautt ushered in a new and integrated era for OU football when he landed a spot on the 1956 team.
Former OU coach Bud Wilkinson was pressured against giving Gautt a scholarship. A group of black doctors and pharmacists gave money for Gautt to attend OU. Within a year, Gautt was given an OU scholarship and the donated amounts were given to another black student.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Tickets are now on sale for Oklahoma’s annual Red/White Spring Football Game, which is slated for Saturday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m., at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
Tickets purchased prior to game day are $5 each, while tickets purchased the day of the game will be $10 each. Purchases can be made in person at the OU Athletics Ticket Office located on the lower level of the Asp Avenue Parking Facility adjacent to the stadium’s west side.
The tickets also are available online at SoonerSports.com or over the phone at 1-800-456-GoOU (4668).
Oklahoma’s spring practices begin Monday, March 21, at the practice fields south of the stadium. All spring workouts are open to the public. Spectators should remain in the designated viewing areas. There will be a total of 15 spring practices, including the spring game. (SoonerSports.com Tickets).
Friday, March 11, 2005
Friday, March 11, 2005 by Oklahoma Sooner · 0
Pro Scouts in Norman: The Oklahoma football program hosted its annual Pro Day on Wednesday, March 9. More than 100 NFL personnel attended with every team sending representatives.
Sooner prospects went through numerous drills testing agility, speed, quickness, strength and ball control inside the Mosier Indoor Facility, the Roy Williams Strength & Conditioning Center and the Everest Indoor Training Center.
Mark Bradley, Mark Clayton, Jammal Brown, Wes Sims, Vince Carter, Lance Mitchell, Donte Nicholson, Antonio Perkins, Brandon Jones, Jason White, Ataleo Ford, Grant Hulsey, Jonathan Jackson, Dan Cody, Brandon Shelby, Lynn McGruder and Brodney Pool participated in the 2005 OU Pro Day.
Former Sooner Selmon Joins Mi State: Michigan State on Saturday hired former University of Oklahoma All-American Lucious Selmon to be its new defensive line coach. Selmon, 53, replaces Steve Stripling, who resigned last month to accept a similar position at Michigan. (SoonerSports.com)
Media Guide Out: Checkout the official 2005 Oklahoma Sooner Football Media Guide. (2005 Guide) Free to Download
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
McPhail Dies at 75.
McPhail died Friday from a hardening of the arteries, said Mark Rice, a spokesman for Wiefels and Son Mortuary in Palm Springs, Calif., which is handling the funeral arrangements.
In 1952, McPhail teamed with Vessels to become college football's first pair of same-season 1,000-yard rushers. That year, McPhail gained 1,018 yards and averaged 6.3 yards a carry, and Vessels won the Heisman. McPhail rushed for 1,985 yards and 12 touchdowns in three years at Oklahoma. He played two years with the NFL's Baltimore Colts, served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56 and coached at California and Illinois.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Wilson Joins Sooner Staff
Wilson, a former Sooners linebacker and a two-time team captain, will fill the position vacated when defensive coordinator Bo Pelini left for Louisiana State. Wilson, 36, previously coached at Army and Illinois State.
"Chris has been a tremendous asset to the University of Colorado and its football program," CU head coach Gary Barnett said Tuesday. "The University of Oklahoma is getting a tremendous father, coach and person. We wish him well and hope to see him in the (Big 12) championship game." Wilson joins Cale Gundy and Jackie Shipp as former Sooner players on the OU coaching staff.
(Colorado Daily/ College Sports)