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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The epic OU-Miami rivalry was renewed on Sept. 8, 2007, when unranked Miami traveled to Norman to face No. 5 Oklahoma, the Hurricanes in two decades prior to the meeting had three wins over the Sooners.
However, the Sooners in the post Adrian Peterson era, and a then freshman quarterback Sam Bradford, faced a newly hired first-year head coach Randy Shannon. At the end of the day, after a 51-13 blowout win, Sam Bradford threw five touchdowns and a new era began.
Final Score: 51-13 Sooners Win
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford threw five TDs, demoralizing Miami
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford threw five TDs, demoralizing Miami's upset hopes during UM's most lopsided defeat since a 66-13 loss at Syracuse in 1998. This was supposed to be a statement game. It was . . . for the fifth-ranked University of Oklahoma. But for the Miami Hurricanes, on the receiving end of a 51-13 throttling, it only left more questions. (Miami Herald)
I've been e-mailed and asked by many about network coverage map. ABC/ESPN has finally released the coverage map for this weekend's Miami vs Oklahoma. Although a primtime game, OU vs. UM is not nationally televised on ABC, many network viewers west of the Rockies will see USC vs. California. (See Below)
Note: If you are on the West Coast, you will need ESPN GamePlan to watch Oklahoma vs. Miami
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Miami Hurricanes Game Page
Indications are Miami could very well play against Sam Bradford this weekend, the Oklahoma quarterback has split snaps with Landy Jones on the first-team offense this week, according to published reports.
The Oklahoman cited an unnamed source close to the program.
On Monday, Bradford rejoined the team in his first practice in full pads since suffering a sprained AC joint on Sept. 5 against BYU. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday evening on his weekly radio program, quarterback Sam Bradford "looked good," although, he wouldn't commit to starting Bradford in Saturday's game.
One reason Bradford is probable to start this weekend, Bradford has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery.
"That's positive in that everything to this point that he has done he has handled in a positive way and he has made daily progress," Stoops said. "That part is encouraging. But it's just too early to determine his status for Saturday. I'm not able to give the answer yet, until we see what Sam's capable of throughout the week. Is he able to make all the throws? Is he able to do it without too much soreness? How does he react the next day?Bradford in his only start against Miami (9/07) threw five touchdowns in OU's 51-13 victory.
"All of those things need to be determined, and they won't be determined until we get later in the week, probably sometime Thursday or Friday, and maybe Saturday, depending on how it goes."
No decision on Bradford: On Tuesday, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wouldn't say if Bradford's separated throwing shoulder is healed enough for him to start Saturday. "I'd love to give you an answer so I don't have to answer it the entire week," Stoops said of Bradford's status, "but it's too early in the week and I'm not able to give the answer yet." Stoops said he wouldn't announce the quarterback until "Thursday or Friday [or] maybe Saturday." (Miami Herald)
Miami Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon: Sooners are for real: Miami Herald
Beating Sooners a leap of faith? Palm Beach Post
Preview Miami (Fla.) vs. Oklahoma: CBSSports.com
Slowing down speedy Miami: Tulsa World
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops addressed the media Tuesday at his weekly press conference, previewing the Miami game. Among the subjects, he updated the status of QB Sam Bradford, he talked about the storied rivalry between Miami and Oklahoma. (Video Below)
TE Jermaine Gresham to enter the 2010 NFL Draft: Bob Stoops said Tuesday that injured tight end Jermaine Gresham will enter the NFL Draft after this season. "Jermaine's going to go into the draft," Stoops said. The discussion arose during Stoops' weekly press conference. He was asked if he regrets not encouraging Sam Bradford and Gresham to enter the draft after last season. "I don't get that and I don't think most people do," Stoops said. "For me to force a guy out ... What if it isn't the right decision? I don't need to tell you how things can always go in a draft, so in the end it's not my job to force a guy to come out." (OKBlitz.com) Note: On Mel Kiper's preseason big board, Jermaine Gresham was ranked at No. 15 overall prospect in college football.
Broyles receives no punishment after leaking practice details: Sophomore receiver Ryan Broyles wasn't assigned any extra conditioning as punishment for releasing details of quarterback Sam Bradford's return. After Bradford returned to practice last Monday, Broyles said he saw the Heisman Trophy winner throwing short passes, prompting coach Bob Stoops to say he was "disappointed" some of his players had so much to say about the return. "I can't say anything now, I learned my lesson," Broyles said. "But he didn't address anybody by name, he just said overall." (The Oklahoman)
Stoops Is Done Commenting on Bradford's Status
Bradford Returns to Practice
In case you missed it over the weekend, as I did, Oklahoma linebacker Mike Balogun was denied his final appeal by the NCAA's committee on Amateurism Certification, according to his attorney Woody Glass.
Glass told the Star-Telegram.
"I am so disapointed for Mike," Glass said. "His only avenue now is in the courts."
With that statement, Balogun's collegiate career is likely over. Oklahoma is unlikely to challenge the ruling in the courts, considering NCAA can penalize any team who allows a student-athlete to play under a court order and that order is later to be found unjustified.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford continued to practice with OU's first team offense Monday, furthering speculation Bradford might play Saturday against No. 17 Miami, although no decision has been made about Bradford's status, coach Bob Stoops said.
"It will be determined on how we go through the week, on how he performs, on how he feels," Stoops said.Last weekend, Sam Bradford, the Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winning quarterback seeked the opinion from world-renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
Meanwhile, Miami coach Randy Shannon said they will prepare for the Oklahoma offense and not either Sam Bradford or Landy Jones.
The No. 8 Sooners travel to Miami play the Hurricanes Saturday 7:00 p.m./CT on ABC.
Bradford's Status Still Unknown Against Miami
Report: Bradford to Visit Dr. Andrews
Stoops Is Done Commenting on Bradford's Status
Bradford Returns to Practice
Bradford Questionable for Miami
OU quarterback Sam Bradford does more in practice, still uncertain for Miami: The Oklahoman
Stoops: Sam Bradford's recovery is "progressing": Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops refused to discuss the chances of quarterback Sam Bradford playing against Miami Saturday, but gave a rosy outlook Monday morning on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "Progressing," the Sooner coach said when asked about his quarterback's recovery since suffering a separated shoulder Sept. 5. "All his rehab to this point has been positive." Stoops confirmed Bradford had gone to Birmingham, Ala., over the weekend to visit renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. The physician's opinion wasn't any different from the ones the quarterback has received from OU's medical staff. "It was an extra opinion as much as anything. Our guys have been awesome in their evaluations," Stoops said. (Norman Transcript)
Stoops: No decision yet on Bradford: AP
Bradford's Status Still in Doubt: FanHouse
Oklahoma vs Baylor kickoff set for 2:30 on ABC: It was announced Monday morning by conference officials, Oklahoma's football game against Baylor next Saturday (Oct. 10) will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised regionally on ABC.
2009 Oklahoma Sooners Football Schedule
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sooner climbed two spots to No. 8 despite their off-week, although USC and Virginia Tech (both one loss teams) jumped Oklahoma in the polls.
AP Top 10
Rank Team(1st place votes) Record Points
1 Florida (55) 4-0 1490
2 Texas (1) 4-0 1420
3 Alabama (4) 4-0 1400
4 LSU 4-0 1225
5 Boise State 4-0 1203
6 Virginia Tech 3-1 1190
7 USC 3-1 998
8 Oklahoma 2-1 979
9 Ohio State 3-1 957
10 Cincinnati 4-0 946
14 Oklahoma State 3-1 591
17 Miami (FL) 2-1 452
18 Kansas 4-0 418
20 Brigham Young 3-1 349
23 Nebraska 3-1 256
USA Today Coaches Top 10
1 Florida (58) 4-0 1474
2 Texas (1) 4-0 1410
3 Alabama 4-0 1364
4 LSU 4-0 1226
5 Boise State 4-0 1144
6 Virginia Tech 3-1 1091
7 USC 3-1 1081
8 Oklahoma 2-1 1055
9 Ohio State 3-1 1036
10 TCU 3-0 928
12 Oklahoma State 3-1 665
16 Kansas 4-0 508
21 Miami (FL) 2-1 298
21 Brigham Young 3-1 298
23 Missouri 4-0 295
24 Nebraska 3-1 242
Full 25 rankings at ESPN.com
ABC announces Oklahoma vs Miami kickoff time: ABC revealed Sunday morning it will broadcast next weekend’s game in Miami at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes will be limping into the game. After starting the season 2-0, Miami was drilled 31-7 Saturday at Virginia Tech. (The Oklahoman)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford to meet renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews: Television station WAPT, is reporting... Late Friday night, 16 WAPT Sports can confirm that Heisman trophy winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma is on his way to Birmingham, Ala., to meet with world renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Bradford sprained his AC joint in his throwing shoulder before halftime in Oklahoma's 14-13 loss to BYU in their first game of the season on Sept. 5. Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said the initial evaluations by doctors showed that Bradford did not suffer any damage to his collarbone, rotator cuff or other parts of his shoulder. There is no indication that surgery is now needed, but Bradford will be in Birmingham this weekend to receive further evaluation on his injury. (WAPT)
Friday, September 25, 2009
Bob and Carol Stoops donate 150k to OU Business School: To benefit University of Oklahoma business students, Bob and Carol Stoops are making a $150,000 gift to support junior faculty who are vital to the classroom as they advance professionally.
The gift from Bob, a 1983 marketing graduate from the University of Iowa, and Carol, an entrepreneur, establishes the Bob Stoops Business Faculty Fellow Program within the Michael F. Price College of Business. The program will assist untenured assistant professors in the college with their research into the areas of accounting, finance, management, management information systems and marketing and supply chain management.
"We all value exceptional faculty members," Coach Stoops said. "I had a number of good instructors during my time in the business school at Iowa and was unaware at that time that donors were contributing to the overall health of the university and my education," he said. "It is gratifying for Carol and me to help out in this way now. We hope that this program will ultimately benefit OU students. I appreciate Dean Evans and everyone who has worked so hard to build a great reputation for the Price College of Business."
OU President David L. Boren said, "The university is grateful for the generous gift to the Price College of Business made by Carol and Bob Stoops. Their strong support of OU's academic mission is a great source of encouragement and opportunity for faculty and students."
Awards in the Bob Stoops Business Faculty Fellow Program will be made to junior faculty who have demonstrated research promise and provided clear evidence of high-level research productivity potential. It will support untenured assistant professors in Price College and support their publication of research findings in professional journals.
"We are grateful for this generous gift from Bob and Carol Stoops," said Price College of Business Dean Kenneth Evans. "Their commitment to supporting faculty in the early stages of their career development is particularly vital to both faculty recruiting and retention efforts. Since my arrival at OU, I have been impressed with the collaboration between OU athletic programs and the campus academic community. The Bob Stoops Faculty Fellow Program will provide valuable resources to assist the college in addressing this priority."
From: Sooner Sports PR
Oklahoma DEs Beal and English on mid-season Hendricks Award watch list: Oklahoma defensive ends Jeremy Beal and Auston English are two of forty players on the mid-season watch list for the Hendricks Award. The award is presented yearly to the best defensive end in college football. In three games, Beal has nine tackles (five for losses) and three sacks. He has also forced a pair of fumbles. English has five tackles (two for loss) and one sack. (KTUL)
Limited OU vs Baylor tickets made available: A limited number of tickets have been returned by Baylor University for their matchup against the Sooners on Saturday, October 10, at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Tickets are on sale now through the OU Athletics Ticket Office for $69 each. A kickoff time has not yet been announced. To order tickets, purchase online or call toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU. If availability remains on game day, tickets will go on sale five hours prior to kickoff at Gate 5 of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. All orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. (SoonerSports PR)
2009 Oklahoma Sooners Schedule
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Coach Stoops will not update Bradford's status 'day-to-day': Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops swears he's not "trying to be coy," but during his weekly press luncheon, he was having nothing to do with questions about quarterback Sam Bradford. "I just don't want Sam to have to deal with the pressure of everybody's expectations. It's just not fair," Stoops said. "The bottom line is it'll be day-to-day as he improves. "I'm not gonna detail day-to-day." After practice on Monday, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and wide receiver Ryan Broyles each revealed that Bradford had begun practicing, suiting up and going through drills, albeit with short throws only. "I'm a little disappointed our players had so much to say," Stoops said. "Not that we're at all trying to be coy or anything that's behind the scenes." (Tulsa World)
OU's Bob Stoops: Done talking about Sam Bradford's progress until after the weekend: The Oklahoman
Shutouts leave Stoops wanting more from OU defense: Miami Herald
QB Sam Bradford sees limited action in practice: Sam Bradford was a partial participant in Monday afternoon's football practice, throwing short passes during quarterback drills. "I didn't really see him all the way extend, but I've seen him throwing some little 5-, 10-yard passes," said sophomore receiver Ryan Broyles. "It's promising." Bradford sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder in the second quarter of the Sooners' opening-game loss to BYU on Sept. 5. Doctors initially ruled the Heisman winner out two-to-four weeks. Broyles said Monday was the first day he saw Bradford at practice. (The Oklahoman)
Bradford makes first steps toward returning to field for Oklahoma: USA Today
Sooners starting to settle on offensive line: OUESPN.com
Monday, September 21, 2009
Speculation Bradford may return for Miami game: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said there's no update on whether quarterback Sam Bradford might return for the Miami game but on the weekly Big 12 teleconference his response indicated Bradford might be available next week. Stoops was asked whether he's confident Landry Jones could lead the Sooners to a road win at Miami. "If it is Landry he's handling it really well," Stoops said. "He's been nothing but consistent and solid. More than anything it's the players around him the past couple of weeks have played better. Regardless of who's in that position the players around him have to support that position. "You have to protect him. You have to be able to run the ball. You have to be able to get open and catch it when you have your opportunities. As far as his part, he's doing a good job." (The Oklahoman)
Is OU scared of Miami offense? Tulsa World
Football: Three Storylines: Tulsa World
Caleb responds, fills need: Tulsa World
OU receiver Brandon Caleb determined to catch on: The Oklahoman
Sooners' QB Landry Jones named Big 12 Offensive Play of the Week: Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, who set a school record with six touchdown passes in the Sooners' 45-0 win over Tulsa last Saturday, has been named the Big 12 Conference's Offensive Player of the Week. Making just the second start of his career, the redshirt freshman broke the mark previously held by Heisman Trophy winners Sam Bradford and Jason White along with Heisman runner-up Josh Heupel. Jones also tied the NCAA record for the second-most touchdown passes by a freshman. Jones ended the game 25-of-37 for 336 yards with two interceptions. His touchdown throws covered 7, 63, 13, 10, 14 and 35 yards. The league's players of the week are selected by a media panel. Texas LB Roddrick Muckelroy captured the defensive honor, while Nebraska punter Alex Henery was cited for special teams play. (SoonerSports PR)
OU-Miami kickoff time still to be determined: Network officials at ABC have notified the Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conferences that they will invoke the six-day option for the starting time of the Oklahoma at Miami football game on Oct. 3. Two times are still in play for the game, 2:30 p.m., CT, and 7 p.m., CT. The announcement will come Sunday. Oklahoma, 2-1 and ranked No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 10 in the Associated Press poll, is off this week. Miami plays Virginia Tech this week. (SoonerSports PR)
Oklahoma LB Balogun won't play for Sooners this season: Oklahoma linebacker Mike Balogun won't be playing for the Sooners this season. Woody Glass, Balogun's attorney, said Monday morning the fact-finding wing of the NCAA has sided with the NCAA's original ruling that Balogun played semi-pro football after his 21st birthday and is out of eligibility. "The writing is clearly on the wall," Glass said. "They made the finding Mike played in 2004, 2005 and 2006." Balogun turned 21 in September of 2004. Glass, who has obtained sworn testimony from various sources suggesting Balogun didn't play semi-pro ball after his 21st birthday, said he has already filed an appeal with the NCAA, but is doubtful it will have any effect. (The Oklahoman)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
After Oklahoma's victory over Tulsa, the Sooners returned to the top 10 in both AP and USA Today Coaches poll.
AP Top 10
Rank. Team. (1st place votes) Record. Points.
1 Florida (55) 3-0 1488
2 Texas (2) 3-0 1428
3 Alabama (3) 3-0 1390
4 Mississippi 2-0 1213
5 Penn State 3-0 1212
6 California 3-0 1169
7 LSU 3-0 1120
8 Boise State 3-0 1038
9 Miami (FL) 2-0 920
10 Oklahoma 2-1 862
16 Oklahoma State 2-1 478
20 Kansas 3-0 347
25 Nebraska 2-1 132
USA Today Coaches Poll
1 Florida (59) 3-0 1475
2 Texas 3-0 1412
3 Alabama 3-0 1355
4 Penn State 3-0 1274
5 Mississippi 2-0 1182
6 California 3-0 1149
7 LSU 3-0 1122
8 Boise State 3-0 976
9 Oklahoma 2-1 917
10 USC 2-1 905
16 Oklahoma State 2-1 576
19 Kansas 3-0 381
21 Missouri 3-0 214
24 Nebraska 2-1 158
Complete Top 25 at ESPN.com
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Oklahoma QB Landry Jones sets school record in Sooners win: Landry Jones set a school record with six touchdown passes and No. 12 Oklahoma recorded its second straight shutout after Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was injured, beating Tulsa 45-0 Saturday for its 26th straight home win. The Sooners (2-1) broke the school record for consecutive wins on Owen Field by holding opponents scoreless in back-to-back games for the first time since 1987. Ryan Broyles caught a career-high 11 passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns, and Brandon Caleb emerged as a potential second viable target with 104 yards on five catches and two scores. (Associated Press)
Find Tulsa Golden Hurricanes and Oklahoma Sooners game information, preview, information and more on the Oklahoma Sooners next game page.
Other Game Preview:
Dallas Morning News
Time for Sooners to find some receivers: The Oklahoman
After Bob Stoops called out the fans last season, can they keep up being rowdy? The Oklahoman
OU needs Murray's production: Tulsa World
Challenge awaits OU with Tulsa's offense: Tulsa World
OU Notebook: Dangerous Damaris: Tulsa World
TU wants more than a moral victory at OU : Tulsa World
Football: Anatomy of an upset: Tulsa World
A look at three key things for OU in today's Tulsa-OU contest: Tulsa World
Sooners have a giant hill to climb: Norman Transcript
Today might be the first time in awhile OU's defense will be asked to win a game: Norman Transcript
Sooners, freshman quarterback look for another receiver: Fort Worth Star Telegram
Friday, September 18, 2009
Cameron Kenney to star again at WR: Junior-college transfer Cameron Kenney will make his second consecutive start at wide receiver this weekend against Tulsa, receivers coach Jay Norvell confirmed. Kenney also started last weekend in place of Adron Tennell, and had a 15-yard catch on a slant route. But another reason why Kenney is getting the nod is because of how he blocked in the run game against Idaho State. "I enjoy blocking. It helps out the run and then opens up the pass game," Kenney said. "By the time you're ready to run a route, the defender is concerned with just being blocked. So I think blocking is probably my strongest attribute right now." (The Oklahoman)
Other WR news; Owens on OU's scout team: Sophomore wideout Jameel Owens in back practicing with the team after being suspended for the Idaho State game for skipping practice and meetings last week. But Owens is no longer working with the regular offense. Instead, he's currently practicing with the scout team.(The Oklahoman)
Up close: OU's Dominique Franks: Tulsa World
Williams pumped for OU: Tulsa World
Freshmen starters are a dying breed: Norman Transcript
No. 2 receiver yet to emerge for Sooners: Houston Chronicle
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Fan Fest canceled due to rain: University of Oklahoma and Sooner Sports Properties officials announced Thursday that Fan Fest activities before this week's Oklahoma-Tulsa game have been cancelled due to wet grounds. Fan Fest is an interactive fan area that is open prior to OU home football games. It is located on the infield of John Jacob Track. "The grounds were soft for last week's game and we've had more rain since that time," Eric Barnhart, general manager of SSP, said in a release. "We don't want to subject the fans to muddy grounds and we also don't want to do any damage to the track and field facility." The Sooners and Golden Hurricane kick off at 2:30 p.m., Saturday. (PR)
Sam Bradford out for Tulsa game: Bob Stoops dismissed any chance Sam Bradford might return to quarterback Oklahoma against Tulsa on Saturday - a date that falls two weeks after Bradford separated his shoulder against BYU - after the Sooners' practice Wednesday. Two days after OU's 14-13 loss to the Cougars, Stoops speculated that "two to four weeks is what most of these (injuries) have been, and that's what we're looking at in his case." Tulsa orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brad Boone called Bradford's return for the TU game "probably early" after visiting with OU's medical staff at the time and confirming the two-to-four-week prognosis. (Tulsa World)
Sooners fell hard during Idaho State's goal-line stand: Tulsa World
Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne is starting to write his own story: The Oklahoman
Now or never for WR Jaz Reynolds: The Oklahoman
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
19 Sooner freshmen have played this year: So far, 19 freshmen, including redshirts, have played this season. That's a lot for any program. "There's a lot of reasons," OU coach Bob Stoops said Monday after practice. "Guys, I think, anywhere, are more prepared in today's game coming out of high school, through their strength and conditioning to their experience on the field. The limits on scholarships are also part of it. (Tulsa World)
OU's freshmen are making an impact: The Oklahoman
No offensive line spot safe: The Oklahoman
Line work ongoing: Norman Transcript
OU's '05 season showed receivers need time to jell: Tulsa World
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The latest on LB Mike Balogun's eligibility: No official decision has come from the NCAA on Mike Balogun's eligibility, but the senior linebacker is still practicing.(The Oklahoman)
Room to grow: The Norman Transcript
It was a big night for Murray: The Norman Transcript
Stoops pleased with improvement in 'fundamentals and discipline': The Oklahoman
Landry Jones and his mustache have reach celebrity status: The Oklahoman
OU notebook: Short-yardage situations a focus in practices: The Oklahoman
Grit, talent make TU dangerous: Tulsa World
Offensive line shaping up: Tulsa World
OU Notebook: Return to form: Tulsa World
OU Football Notebook: Fresh faces: Tulsa World
OU's Stoops pleased with progress: Tulsa World
Monday, September 14, 2009
Several Sooners had first career start: One week after a penalty-filled effort against BYU, Oklahoma's offensive line was flagged just once Saturday night, on Jarvis Jones' false start in the second quarter. OU coaches said changes would be made, and they were. Ben Habern got his first start at center, true freshman Tyler Evans got his first start at right guard and Stephen Good made his first start at left guard. Jones, who played right guard last week, lined up at right tackle. (Tulsa World)
More on OU's O-line: Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said he's confident the Sooners have plenty of players capable of playing on OU's offensive of line.
"We feel we've got seven, eight, nine guys that can play. We're trying to find out some consistency, who are the guys who are going to play," Wilson said. "We feel we've got a couple, three guards that can play and three tackles, so we’re just rotating guys."
Jones finds his man in Broyles: Enid News & Eagle
OU football notebook: Shuffling the deck: The Oklahoman
Four questions about OU football: The Oklahoman
OU Insider: Sooners seek No. 2 receiver: The Oklahoman
Berry Tramel: Oklahoma's been overrun by Cougars: The Oklahoman
Catching up with former Sooner quarterback Nate Hybl: The Oklahoman
Breaking down Tulsa: The Oklahoman
Kinne gears up for Oklahoma: Tulsa World
TU must believe it can pull off a shocker: Tulsa World
OU's future in good hands: Tulsa World
Practice key for OU offense: Tulsa World
Sooners still have lots to prove: Norman Transcript
It was a big night for Murray: Norman Transcript
After Oklahoma defeated Idaho State 64-0, Sooners climbed a spot in both rankings.
AP Top 10 (1st place votes) Record, Points
1 Florida (56) 2-0 1491
2 Texas (1) 2-0 1404
3 USC (1) 2-0 1396
4 Alabama (2) 2-0 1328
5 Mississippi 1-0 1145
5 Penn State 2-0 1145
7 Brigham Young 2-0 1122
8 California 2-0 1058
9 LSU 2-0 951
10 Boise State 2-0 945
12 Oklahoma 1-1 835
16 Oklahoma State 1-1 445
20 Miami (FL) 1-0 364
22 Kansas 2-0 271
USA Today Coaches Poll
1 Florida (56) 2-0 1472
2 Texas 2-0 1399
3 USC (3) 2-0 1368
4 Alabama 2-0 1277
5 Penn State 2-0 1216
6 Mississippi 1-0 1060
7 LSU 2-0 1051
7 California 2-0 1051
9 Brigham Young 2-0 941
10 Boise State 2-0 913
12 Oklahoma 1-1 794
17 Oklahoma State 1-1 485
22 Miami (FL) 1-0 291
23 Kansas 2-0 195
25 Missouri 2-0 104
Full Top 25 at ESPN.com
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Owens out: Sophomore receiver Jameel Owens did not dress for the game. Owens had missed practice earlier in the week. Rumors of his transfer leaked earlier in the week, but Owens' family said on Friday he has no plans to do so. Owens was still on the team as of Saturday. (The Oklahoman)
Sam Bradford talks about injury: Injured Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford gave a live telephone interview to the ESPN pregame show "College Gameday" on Saturday morning. Although the projection for his return is two to four weeks, Bradford reminded viewers that it could be slightly shorter or much longer. "Everyone I talk to, there's really not a certain timeline for as soon as I'll be back," Bradford said. "There's been so many different numbers. I think the main thing is I have to get healthy before I can play again." (The Oklahoman)
Oklahoma Sooners find a break in the clouds with Jones, Broyles: Fort Worth Star Telegram
Landry Jones steps up as Sooners win big and bounce back from season-opening loss: Norman Transcript
Big night for Broyles: Norman Transcript
Huge game for such a small foe: Norman Transcript
OU 64, Idaho State 0: Postgame thoughts: The Oklahoman
Landry Jones, Ryan Broyles guide OU rout of Idaho State: The Oklahoman
Sooner defense is dominating against Idaho State: The Oklahoman
Sooners' road to recovery begins with easy victory in steady rain: The Oklahoman
OU's future in good hands: Tulsa World
Losses are luster-busters for OU, OSU: Tulsa World
Oklahoma storms pass Idaho State 64-0: Freshman quarterback Landry Jones threw three touchdown passes in his first career start and No. 13 Oklahoma routed Idaho State 64-0 on Saturday night. Jones, replacing injured Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, found a favorite target in Ryan Broyles, who caught scoring passes of 24, 51 and 11 yards and finished with seven catches for 155 yards for Oklahoma (1-1), which bounced back from a season-opening loss to BYU. It was the second straight season the Sooners beat up on a Football Championship Series opponent in their home opener. (Associated Press)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Game available on PPV: Tonight's 6 p.m. OU-Idaho State game will be carried on a pay-per-view basis on Cox digital channel 610. Digital customers can purchase the game for $39.95 directly from channel 610. Other Cox customers should call (806-6000) or visit a local Cox store.
OU: 3 Storylines: Tulsa World
Oklahoma quarterback is no stranger to stardom: Dallas Moring News
Idaho State at Oklahoma preview: Dallas Morning News
Idaho State's the right opponent at the right time for OU: The Oklahoman
Oklahoma pregame: The Sooners have a get-well game today: The Oklahoman
No. 13 Sooners seek 25th straight home win: Twin Falls Times News
ISU heads into 'hornet's nest' at Oklahoma: Twin Falls Times News
Huge game for such a small foe: Norman Transcript
McCoy takes it upon himself to put spring in teammates' step: Norman Transcript
Friday, September 11, 2009
JUCO star Cameron Kenney to play: Once the rage of preseason camp, Oklahoma's Cameron Kenney didn't get a look at wide receiver in last week's loss to BYU. "It's hard to play in a no-huddle offense and play at a high tempo if you've never been on the field in a game," position coach Jay Norvell said, noting Kenney is a junior college transfer adjusting to OU's offense. "We wanted to give him an extra week of practice. But he's been doing really well and working hard." After watching his receivers struggle to catch, compete, route-run and block against BYU, Norvell is ready to give Kenney a shot Saturday against Idaho State. "Cameron Kenney will definitely play," he said, "and play a lot." (Tulsa World)
Norvell: Oklahoma WRs played 'average': Junior Brandon Caleb led Oklahoma in receiving against BYU, despite having only 57 yards on four catches, both career highs. His output was lower than any leading receiver in the entire 2008 season. "I thought it was pretty average effort by our guys," said receivers coach Jay Norvell, who was complimentary of Caleb. "I'm not down on anybody, but we've got to play better." (The Oklahoman)
Thrown into fire, Sooners' backup QB keeps cool: Fort Worth Star Telegram
Berry Tramel: How to win with Landry Jones: The Oklahoman
Know The Foe: Idaho State Bengals: Tulsa World
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tickets still available for Idaho State, Tulsa games: A limited number of tickets have been returned by visiting teams for the upcoming Idaho State and Tulsa football games and are on sale now. Tickets are $49 for the Sooners' 2009 home opener this Saturday vs. Idaho State and $69 for the Golden Hurricane's visit on Sept. 19. Kickoff times for those games have been set at 6 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., respectively. Tickets can be ordered online at SoonerSports.com or by calling 800-456-GoOU (4668). If availability remains on game day, tickets will go on sale five hours prior to kickoff at Gate 5 of the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. All orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. (SoonerSports PR)
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 by Gilbert Sam · 0
Brody Eldridge suffers broken finger in loss to BYU: The Tulsa World is reporting, Brody Eldridge, the most effective member of Oklahoma’s lackluster offensive line Saturday, has a broken bone in his finger, coach Bob Stoops confirmed Wednesday after practice. Eldridge did participate in Wednesday's practice and is expected to play Saturday against Idaho State. Earlier this week, OU coaches said Eldridge was working more at tight end, his position the past three years, than at center, where he started in the Sooners' 14-13 loss to BYU. "I think Brody had the best grade of the linemen. He had 20 knockdowns," offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Tuesday. "But I felt we missed an edge with Jermaine being out." (Tulsa World)
Gresham out for season after having season-ending knee surgery: Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham, a preseason All-American, will miss the 2009 season after undergoing knee surgery, Tuesday. The senior led OU in touchdown receptions last season with 14. "We feel badly for Jermaine," said OU Head Coach Bob Stoops. "He worked very hard and very selflessly to get himself ready for the season. We share in the disappointment he is experiencing now and will do everything we can to help him in his rehab efforts. "The good news is that he is expected to heal fully. Many athletes have had this procedure and bounced back at 100 percent. We expect that to be the case for Jermaine." Gresham missed the season opener against BYU, then underwent additional evaluation before athroscopic surgery on Tuesday. (SoonerSports PR)
Jones steps into spotlight: OU QB is full of confidence: Tulsa World
Bradford's hurt, but his NFL future isn't: Tulsa World
OU football: It's all on the line: The Oklahoman
Going for Two: OU’s Bradford says surgery "completely out": Kansas City Star
Sooners facing uphill challenge without Bradford: ESPN.com
Oklahoma deserves a pity party, or a greeting card: Austin American Statesman
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
After Oklahoma's 13-14 loss to BYU at Cowboys Stadium.
AP Top 10 with Big 12 Teams:
1 Florida (56) 1-0 1493
2 Texas (2) 1-0 1424
3 USC 1-0 1355
4 Alabama (2) 1-0 1331
5 Oklahoma State 1-0 1201
6 Mississippi 1-0 1095
7 Penn State 1-0 1082
8 Ohio State 1-0 985
9 Brigham Young 1-0 984
10 California 1-0 971
13 Oklahoma 0-1 782
20 Miami (FL) 1-0 315
22 Nebraska 1-0 266
24 Kansas 1-0 196
25 Missouri 1-0 126
USA Today Coaches Poll Top 10:
1 Florida (56) 1-0 1472
2 Texas (2) 1-0 1407
3 USC (1) 1-0 1352
4 Alabama 1-0 1299
5 Penn State 1-0 1145
6 Oklahoma State 1-0 1114
7 Ohio State 1-0 1106
8 Mississippi 1-0 1006
9 LSU 1-0 977
10 California 1-0 935
14 Oklahoma 0-1 682
18 Nebraska 1-0 360
22 Miami (FL) 1-0 276
25 Kansas 1-0 139
Sam Bradford to miss 2-4 weeks due to injury: Injured Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford said Monday he hopes to be back on the field in 2-4 weeks and has ruled out surgery as an option to mend a third-degree separated shoulder in his throwing arm. "It feels a lot better," he said. "It's not nearly as painful as it was Saturday. "Hopefully it can keep progressing like this." For the Sooners, the timing couldn't be any better. OU plays Football Championship Subdivision school Idaho State this weekend, then unranked Tulsa at home, followed by a bye week. "Most people with these AC sprains have been 2-4 weeks in recovery," coach Bob Stoops said Monday evening. (The Oklahoman)
Monday, September 07, 2009
Coach stoops confirms QB Sam Bradford's sprain: From Sportsline.com ... Sam Bradford has a Grade 2 or 3 shoulder sprain and evaluation of the injury could be "fairly long process, probably a week or two," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said on Monday's Big 12 conference call. One medical web site describes a Grade 2 spain as "partial tearing of ligament and capsular tissue" with mild instability in the joint. Grade 3 is described as, "severe or complete tearing of ligament and capsular tissue," with significant instability of the joint. "A lot depends on how he heals," Stoops added. "It's going to be a while before we know what the plan will be." Treatment options include rest, icing of the injured area, followed by rehab. The web site stated that surgery is "rarely needed" in such cases. Stoops' revelation is the most detailed description of Bradford's injury since he went down Saturday night against BYU. (Sportsline.com)
BYU's Max Hall offers hope to OU: The Oklahoman
Bradford's status unknown: The Oklahoman
Sam Bradford may be out for weeks: The Oklahoman
Is this OU line capable of no-huddle? The Oklahoman
BCS flaws highlighted in BYU’s upset of OU: Muskogee Phoenix
Bradford's shoulder injury: A closer look: Tulsa World
Bradford's injury will need more evaluation: Tulsa World
Who knows about Bradford? Norman Transcript
Uncertainty About Oklahoma and Injury to Its Quarterback: New York Times
The latest on Sam Bradford: Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Sunday there has been no update to the shoulder injury suffered by quarterback Sam Bradford since Saturday night's loss to BYU in Arlington, Texas. "We're pursuing every option of rehab and timelines and estimates of what's in their best interest," Wilson said. Bradford suffered a Acromioclavicular (AC) joint sprain late in the first half Saturday when he was driven to the turf by BYU linebacker Coleby Clawson. Bradford was knocked out of the game and spent the second half with ice on his shoulder and his right arm in a sling. (Norman Transcript)
Sunday, September 06, 2009
BYU defeats Oklahoma: With Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford helplessly watching from the sideline, his right arm in a sling, BYU upset No. 3 Oklahoma 14-13 on Saturday night. Max Hall threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide-open McKay Jacobson in the back of the end zone with 3:03 left. The Sooners' last hope to recover and win without their star quarterback ended when Tress Way came up short on a 54-yard field goal with 1:23 left. (AP)
A SLING FOR SAM: The Oklahoman
OU loses Bradford to injury, then the game to Cougars: The Oklahoman
Ailing Sooners drop debut: The Oklahoman
Sam Bradford and the Sooners: A sling and a prayer: The Oklahoman
Late defensive letdown cost OU: The Oklahoman
Landry Jones wasted no time taking charge of team: The Oklahoman
BYU'S GAME-WINNING PLAY: Dallas Morning News
Bradford's, OU's goals take hit: Chicago Tribune
Cougars throw twist into Heisman race, title chase: San Francisco Chronicle
Sooners lose Bradford and opener: Boston Globe
Cougs prove to be adequate enough: Salt Lake Tribune
Grow up fast or face a race for third in the Big 12 South: Tulsa World
A painful beginning for Sooners: Tulsa World
Sam hurt, but Sooners not panicking yet: Tulsa World
No miracle needed: Cougars just did what they needed to do to beat Sooners: Norman Transcript
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009 by Gilbert Sam · 0
Here's a look at Oklahoma Sooners Football in preseason college football rankings from newspapers and various web sites.
Oklahoma No. 3 - With four linemen gone, Sam Bradford might need his uniform washed this year. (Top 5: Texas, Florida, Okla., So. Cal, Penn State)
New York Times' The Quad...
Oklahoma No. 3 - Oklahoma's not going anywhere, despite facing issues up front and again dealing with Texas and an improved Oklahoma State team in conference play. The Sooners are simply too good, too talented on both sides of the ball, to take any major step back from last season. (Top: 5 Texas, Florida, So. Cal, Okla., Alabama)
Oklahoma No. 3 - Stoops is laying off criticizing the offensive line because he knows it's going to be great. (Top 5: Florida, Texas, Okla., Alabama, Ohio State)
Oklahoma No. 3 - Oklahoma's schedule is tough, starting with Brigham Young in Arlington, Texas, and there's also a nonconference trip to Miami to consider. Most likely, as usual, the Big 12 title will be decided Oct. 17 in Dallas, at the Cotton Bowl, against the 10-Gallon Hats from Texas. (Top 5: Texas, Florida, Okla., So. Cal, Penn State)
Kansas City Star...
Oklahoma No. 3 - If the line, with four new starters, steps up, Oklahoma has the goods, starting with Heisman-returning quarterback Sam Bradford, to make another run to the BCS national championship game. (Top 5: Florida, Texas, Okla., Virgina Tech, So. Cal)
Oklahoma No. 3 - For Oklahoma, which has won three straight Big 12 titles, it's all about the offense -- and the Sooners' defense is starting to come along, too. (Top 5: Florida, Texas, Okla., So. Cal, Mississippi)
Oklahoma No. 3 - January may be haunting the program, but not December. Oklahoma has become the dominant force in the Big 12, winning six of the last 13 titles and three straight. No other program has more than two Big 12 crowns. (Top 5: Florida, Texas, Okla., So., Cal, Mississippi)
Oklahoma No. 4 - Once again, it looks like the Oklahoma-Texas winner is not only favored to win the Big 12, but possibly the national title as well. It’s unlikely that Oklahoma’s offense will offer the firepower of 2008, but punts won’t be seen very often. (Top 5: Florida, Texas, So. Cal, Okla, Ohio State)
Arlington game cost Norman businesses millions: Sooner fans are headed across the Red River for Saturday's big game in Arlington, but the University of Oklahoma's decision to move the first game out of Norman will cost the city millions. Usually a home game brings a bonanza of business to businesses around campus. "Game days here, our business probably jumps four or five hundred percent, and when it's away, it's just like a normal day," said Suzi Cohen, Campus Corner merchant. So on home game days, all of Campus Corner benefits and so does all of Norman. "Well, we estimate about $8.8 million new dollars comes into the community with a home football game," said Stephen Koranda, Norman Convention and Visitors' Bureau. (More at News9.com)
OU's getting paid (a lot) but don't expect more off-campus games: Tulsa World
OU aware of 'wow' factor: Tulsa World
Talented front seven will be key for OU's defensive growth: ESPN.com
BYU fans call Oklahoma home: Norman Transcript
Friday, September 04, 2009
Attorney: Sooners linebacker Balogun will not likely be re-certified: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting, NCAA will likely not reinstate Mike Balogun's eligibility according to his attorney. And the Balogun saga will drag out for weeks to come.
"I am confident they will not certify him," attorney Woody Glass said. "If [the staff] was going to certify him, they would have done it a long, long time ago."However, if Balogun is denied eligibility that's not the final judgement, NCAA's committee on Amateurism Certification could have the final ruling.
"If we cannot agree, we will submit our proposed findings of fact. The two position statements will then be submitted to a fact finding committee that will resolve the factual issues. Once the factual issues are decided, the case gets submitted to the Amateurism Certification Committee for decision."
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009 by Gilbert Sam · 0
Mike Balogun's attorney confident NCAA will certify linebacker: Woody Glass, the attorney for University of Oklahoma linebacker Mike Balogun, told the Star-Telegram that he's confident his client will be certified to play this season.
"I'm frustrated that it's taken this long and continue to press toward a deadline that we believed would concur with my agreement to suspend the [civil court] hearing on a permanent injunction," Woody Glass said after two days with an NCAA investigator in the Maryland area. "That has yet to occur. But I still feel confident based on everything that has happened that Mike will be certified -- sooner, hopefully, than later."
Glass and a NCAA investigator spent Monday and Tuesday interviewing a person with knowledge of Balogun's semi-pro career, though, Glass is unable to comment on the interview.
"Because of some confidentiality that I have agreed to with the NCAA, I cannot discuss at this time what the content of the [interview] was," Glass said. "But I think that people can read into that, that I still feel confident that Mike will be certified."
Mike Balogun's eligibility was decertified on Aug. 14 by the NCAA.
Stoops: Jermaine Gresham will miss season opener: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced today that tight end Jermaine Gresham will miss Saturday's season opener against Brigham Young due to a knee injury. The senior has cartilage damage in his right knee and the evaluation process is continuing. Stoops said that Gresham along with team doctors and athletic training staff are considering treatment options that could have a bearing on his return.(SoonerSports PR)
Report: Jermaine Gresham injures knee
Report: Jermaine Gresham injures knee: Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham injured his knee in practice this week, three sources with knowledge of the injury have confirmed to The Oklahoman. Neither the severity of the injury nor Gresham's status for Saturday's game against Brigham Young are known. (The Oklahoman)
UPDATE: ESPN's Joe Schad is reporting, Jermaine Gresham is not likely to play in Oklahoma's season opener against BYU on Saturday. (ESPN.com)
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Balogun's attorney in Maryland: Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting.. Woody Glass, the attorney for senior linebacker Mike Balogun, was in Maryland on Monday and Tuesday, re-interviewing principals in the linebacker's case with an NCAA investigator. At the heart of the matter is whether Balogun, now 25, played semi-pro football after turning 21, which would make him ineligible this season. (Star-Telegram)
Report: Balogun Will Not Play Against BYU
Eldridge earns high praise from Coach Wilson: Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson threw an incredible amount of praise on center/tight end Brody Eldridge Tuesday. Eldridge was announced as the starter at center against BYU. He was a starter at either tight end or fullback the last three seasons. Despite weighing just 265 pounds, Wilson believes Eldridge is the cream of the crop of OU's offensive line. "Brody is as good as the guy who played last year (Jon Cooper) right now," Wilson said. "He blocks those big guys we've got that are as good as anybody we'll see right now." (Norman Transcript)
Other OU Football News
Habern now listed as Eldridge's backup: The Norman Transcript
Sooners defense must shoulder load early on: Tulsa World
OU's Sam Bradford takes aim at second Heisman, national title: Austin American-Statesman
Speak softly? Not Slingin' Sam Bradford: The Oklahoman
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Sooner fans can take a deep sigh, University of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday, the school is not exploring more neutral site games that may take games away from the campus in Norman, Oklahoma.
The Sooners open their 2009 season on the road (only second time in Bob Stoops era) in Arlington, Texas at Dallas Cowboys Stadium against BYU, the game was proposed by ESPN executives. Some Sooner fans have voiced concerned that the school is taking home games to neutral-sites in exchange for a payout or television exposure.
Bob Stoops addressed the issue at his weekly news conference
"I don't think anybody's looking to take games away from Norman, Okla., very often," Stoops said Tuesday. "I know (athletic director) Joe (Castiglione) is very sensitive to that. I don't know what the numbers are but in this community, for our university, for the whole community and the town, you don't want to see it very much. We're not looking to do it very much at all."
The University will get a $2.25 million payout for playing BYU at Cowboys Stadium.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops announced Tuesday at his weekly news conference OU linebacker Austin Box will backup Ryan Reynolds at middle linebacker and freshman LB Ronnell Lewis could see playing time this Saturday.
The announcement came a day following the release of Oklahoma's depth chart and news linebacker Mike Balogun would not travel with the Sooners to compete against BYU due eligibility issues. OU's inital depth chart had Balogun listed as the backup at middle linebacker and Box listed as backup to Travis Lewis.
Third-ranked Sooners play No. 20 BYU at Dallas Cowboys Stadium this Saturday.
Mike Stoops is giving advice on BYU in preparation for Saturday's game: BYU's last opponent -- in the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl -- was Arizona, a team coached by OU coach Bob Stoops' brother, Mike Stoops . Another brother, Mark Stoops , is Arizona's defensive coordinator. Rest assured that the brothers have talked about BYU, Bob Stoops said. "I am close enough with my brother that we are going to talk about a common opponent. So, yeah, we definitely did," Stoops said. "When you are playing a team you don't have a lot of familiarity with, where you don't play the year in and year out, you talk to other people who do." BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said that after watching Oklahoma film, he has noticed a lot of "philosophical" similarities between OU and Arizona. "Knowing that it is a coaching family, we are certainly not underestimating the transfer of knowledge from one program to the other, so we are not going to be an unknown to them," Mendenhall said. "Nor would I assume that they are putting extra, undue emphasis on us." (Salt Lake Tribune)
The first weekly Bob Stoops press conference of the 2009 season is scheduled for today at 12:05 CT and is streaming live via SoonerSports.com. Or available on local radio stations WWLS The Sports Animal and Sports Talk 1400AM The Ref. If you miss it live, I'll post video later this afternoon.
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Rashod Favors verbally commits to Oklahoma: Oklahoma has reportedly received a verbal commitment from Rashod Favors, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker from Dunbar High School in Texas. According to Scout.com network Web site SoonersIllustrated.com, Favors said OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables is "looking at me as a hybrid safety. ... As a rover and maybe a linebacker, too." (Tulsa World) Favors is Oklahoma's 23rd verbal commitment of the 2010 class.
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