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BTW, how do you guys see Belldozer faring as the unquestioned starter? Can he throw well enough to keep defenses honest?

Blake Bell was ranked 6th for pro-style QBs in 2010.
Hmmm. Never would have guessed that since they mainly used him as a sledgehammer.He's one of the most intriguing story lines in all of CFB next season to me.
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BTW, how do you guys see Belldozer faring as the unquestioned starter? Can he throw well enough to keep defenses honest?

Blake Bell was ranked 6th for pro-style QBs in 2010.
Hmmm. Never would have guessed that since they mainly used him as a sledgehammer.He's one of the most intriguing story lines in all of CFB next season to me.
Well for your sake then let's hope he gets the job. Lot of buzz surrounding Trevor Knight, Bell is probably the favorite but not the unquestioned starter at this point. Should be an interesting spring.
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BTW, how do you guys see Belldozer faring as the unquestioned starter? Can he throw well enough to keep defenses honest?

Blake Bell was ranked 6th for pro-style QBs in 2010.
Hmmm. Never would have guessed that since they mainly used him as a sledgehammer.He's one of the most intriguing story lines in all of CFB next season to me.
Remember, Tim Tebow couldn't really throw, and he might have been the best college QB ever.
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BTW, how do you guys see Belldozer faring as the unquestioned starter? Can he throw well enough to keep defenses honest?

Blake Bell was ranked 6th for pro-style QBs in 2010.
Hmmm. Never would have guessed that since they mainly used him as a sledgehammer.He's one of the most intriguing story lines in all of CFB next season to me.
Remember, Tim Tebow couldn't really throw, and he might have been the best college QB ever.
Let's not get carried away.
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BTW, how do you guys see Belldozer faring as the unquestioned starter? Can he throw well enough to keep defenses honest?

Blake Bell was ranked 6th for pro-style QBs in 2010.
Hmmm. Never would have guessed that since they mainly used him as a sledgehammer.He's one of the most intriguing story lines in all of CFB next season to me.
Remember, Tim Tebow couldn't really throw, and he might have been the best college QB ever.
Let's not get carried away.
Carried away as in "Bell is no Tebow", "Tebow was a good passer", or "Tebow wasn't among the greatest?"I'm not saying Bell is Tebow, just that a limited passer can still be great in college. We've seen it many times, including Klein this year.
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Not that this is super credible or anything, but:Intramural basketball started this past week. Our team had Trevor Knight, former C Ben Habern, and Tress Way...then Trevor said that the coaches told him he'd be starting next year, so he didn't want to risk getting hurt at all. Which would indicate that either he changed his mind, or the coaches actually told him that. He seems pretty tight with a couple of the guys on our squad, so I wouldn't be surprised if he was told.

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Not that this is super credible or anything, but:Intramural basketball started this past week. Our team had Trevor Knight, former C Ben Habern, and Tress Way...then Trevor said that the coaches told him he'd be starting next year, so he didn't want to risk getting hurt at all. Which would indicate that either he changed his mind, or the coaches actually told him that. He seems pretty tight with a couple of the guys on our squad, so I wouldn't be surprised if he was told.

In this scenario they probably told him to be prepared to be the starter. He certainly has a shot and even if he isn't the starter in week one, he might be by week four.One thing is for sure, Bell as the "unquestioned starter" is questionable. Edited by Doctor Detroit
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Not that this is super credible or anything, but:

Intramural basketball started this past week. Our team had Trevor Knight, former C Ben Habern, and Tress Way...then Trevor said that the coaches told him he'd be starting next year, so he didn't want to risk getting hurt at all.

Which would indicate that either he changed his mind, or the coaches actually told him that. He seems pretty tight with a couple of the guys on our squad, so I wouldn't be surprised if he was told.

In this scenario they probably told him to be prepared to be the starter. He certainly has a shot and even if he isn't the starter in week one, he might be by week four.

One thing is for sure, Bell as the "unquestioned starter" is questionable.

That makes more sense. Hard to believe they've decided he's the week 1 starter before spring practice and with Bell being so popular.
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National Signing Day 2013: Oklahoma SoonersPosted: Feb 06, 2013 9:43 AM EST Updated: Feb 06, 2013 11:21 AM ESTBy Luke McConnell, News9.com - email NORMAN, Oklahoma -National Signing Day didn't come with the usual buzz for the Oklahoma Sooners this year. Despite not having a class loaded with four- and five-star recruits, the Sooners were able to meet a lot of needs and, more importantly, snag several players who were genuinely excited about the opportunity to play in Norman.Here's the list of recruits so far for the Sooners. We'll update the list as the letters of intent roll in for Oklahoma. The recruits are listed in the order their letters of intent were received.P - Jed Barnett (6'2" 215) - Oakland, CA (Laney C.C.)Barnett was a two-star recruit by Rivals.com. With Tress Way graduated, Barnett becomes the likely replacement at punter for the Sooners. Barnett isn't the best punter in the world, but he was excited about becoming a Sooner, and that counts for a lot more than you'd think.Offers: OU, Louisiana Tech, Stony BrookWR - Dannon Cavil (6'5" 205) - San Antonio, TX (James Madison High School)Cavil is a three-star and No. 35 WR by ESPN and a 3-star and No. 121 WR by Scout.com. Cavil is a huge wide receiver and has good enough speed to be a consistent vertical threat for the Sooners. If he bulked up considerably, he could possibly shift to tight end, given the Sooners' lack of depth at the position. Even though the Sooners are loaded at wide receiver, Cavil's size should help him to squeeze into the rotation at some point.Offers: OU, Baylor, California, Clemson, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas, Houston, UCLADT - Quincy Russell (6'3" 311) - Athens, TX (Trinity Valley C.C.)A three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Russell should be able to come in and start right away for the Sooners with three senior defensive tackles from 2012 graduating. Russell has great size for a tackle and has good speed as well. The only problem is that he won't be on campus for spring practice due to some class problems at junior college. He'll be in Norman for the summer, but it would have been nice to have him in the spring.Offers: OU, Nebraska, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas TechS - Ahmad Thomas (6'1" 199) - Miami, FL (Miami Central High School)Thomas was a three-star recruit by all three major services. Like Hatari Byrd, Thomas will have the opportunity to start immediately for the Sooners at safety. He's got the physical tools--well-built with good height and length. He reads things very well and has great instincts.Offers: OU, Auburn, Florida International, Florida State, Illinois, Marshall , Mississippi State, NC State, Notre Dame, South Florida, Utah State, West VirginiaDE - D.J. Ward (6'3" 245) - Moore, OK (Southmoore High School)Ward was a four-star recruit and ranked in the top 15 among defensive ends by all three services. Ward has had a tumultuous past year without playing his senior season. He's already on campus, so he'll be participating in spring practice and getting a jump-start on the 2013 season. He's got a lot of physical tools and has solid speed for a defensive end. Like others before him, filling out his frame would make a big impact.Offers: OU, Arizona, Auburn, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, TulsaRELATED STORY: National Signing Day 2013: Oklahoma State CowboysDE - Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (6'3" 220) - Houston, TX (Alief Taylor High School) A three-star recruit, Okoronkwo has a great combination of strength and quickness, but needs to add a lot of bulk to be a college level defensive end. That shouldn't be a problem, with OU strength and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt. Okoronkwo was originally an OSU commit.Offers: OU, Colorado State, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Purdue, San Diego State, SMU, Texas Tech, Utah, Wake Forest, Washington State, West VirginiaRB - Keith Ford (5'11" 195) - Cypress, TX (Cypress Ranch High School) Ford is easily the crown jewel of the OU recruiting class, ranked as a top 10 running back across the board. He's a tough, powerful runner with good speed. One of the most college-ready backs in this class, Ford has drawn comparisons to Trent Richardson without the big numbers in high school.Offers: OU, Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, Northwestern, UCLA, UtahWR - Jordan Smallwood (6'2" 190) - Jenks, OKA three-star receiver, Smallwood has great size for a receiver. He also played a lot of different roles as a receiver at Jenks, so the Sooners will be able to be flexible with how they use him. Smallwood has great hands, but could stand to bulk up just a bit.Offers: OU, Wyoming, Eastern IllinoisOL - Christian Daimler (6'6" 270) - Houston, TX (Stratford High School)Daimler isn't the overpowering offensive tackle you see on SEC rosters, but he could develop into that. He could add some more weight to his 6'6 frame and become a truly dominant player. The best thing about Daimler is that he's a very efficient run blocker, something the Sooners desperately need on the offensive line.Offers: OU, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas State, UNLV, Washington StateWR - Austin Bennett (6'0" 170) - Manvel, TXBennett is a solid receiver who could fit nicely in OU's offense as a slot receiver. However, he also has a lot of experience on defense, so it will be interesting to see how OU uses him. Chances are he'll be on offense, though, due to his quickness and speed. However, he'll definitely need to add some weight to his wiry frame.Offers: OU, Arkansas, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi, Mississippi State, SMU, TCU, Texas, Tulsa, Utah, West VirginiaDT - Matthew Romar (6'3" 268) - Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial High School)Another defensive tackle the Sooners added late in the game, Romar is a 'tweener' and has the size to play both end and tackle. However, given the Sooners' lack of depth at tackle, he'll definitely fit in at tackle. He'll need to add bulk, but that's a common trend for most of these players.Offers: OU, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Missouri, North Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UtahDT - Charles Walker (6'4"280) - Garland, TX (South Garland High School)Walker is a physical guy with good size. He's got some developing to do at the defensive tackle position, but he should be able to turn into a solid player for the Sooners. What's even better is that he's another guy who is genuinely excited about being in Norman.Offers: OU, Colorado State, Houston, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, Texas StateCB - Stanvon Taylor (5'11" 165) - Tulsa, OK (East Central)Taylor is one of OU's oldest commits and has the ability to play receiver or cornerback, but based on his skill set, he'll be best suited at cornerback. He's got great reach and is very lanky. He really needs to spend time in the weight room to bulk up his frame.Offers: OU, Arizona State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Houston, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Mississippi, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Utah StateLB - Dominique Alexander (6'2" 195) - Tulsa, OK (Booker T. Washington) Alexander has quality size and good speed. He'll be able to add weight at OU and be a strong, physical linebacker or possibly a safety. He's listed as an athlete, but he's been recruited by OU to play linebacker, and with his speed, he should turn out to be a great asset at the position. Again, with more weight, he should be able to be solid.Offers: OU, Arkansas, Arkansas, Kansas State, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Indiana, Iowa State, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Washington StateOL - Josiah St.John (6'6" 305) - Athens, TX (Trinity Valley C.C.) St. John has a great frame for a tackle and even has room to grow into it a bit more with some time in the weight room. His reach is solid for a tackle prospect and he's a decent run blocker.Offers: OU, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Washington, Washington State, West VirginiaOL - Dionte Savage (6-5 345) - Flint, Mich. (Arizona Western CC)Savage is a monster on the interior of the line. Think Phil Loadholt size, only at guard instead of tackle. As with any lineman of that size, he needs to work on pad level and flexibility, but having a huge body on the inside of the offensive line would be a huge plus for the OU running game. Savage was originally a Baylor commitment.Offers: OU, Baylor, Kansas, Syracuse, Texas Tech, West VirginiaQB - Cody Thomas (6'5" 220) - Colleyville, TX (Heritage High School)Thomas has fantastic size and is one of the best pro-style passers in this class. He has a cannon for an arm and has great running ability. With OU's depth at quarterback, Thomas, also a standout baseball player, is definitely a great option for the Sooners' future at quarterback.Offers: OU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Iowa, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas Tech, USC, Vanderbilt, VirginiaDE - Matt Dimon (6'2" 252) - Katy, TX (Katy High School)Dimon has great potential as a standout defensive end for the Sooners. He has great speed and with more weight on his frame, could be another David King, able to play both defensive end and tackle.Offers: OU, Baylor, Mississippi, Missouri, Rice, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Boise StateS - Hatari Byrd (6'1" 190) - Fresno, CA (Central East)Byrd is a true safety with great speed and physicality. He has great size and is a good cover safety. With Javon Harris and Tony Jefferson leaving, Byrd will have a chance to come in and start immediately.Offers: OU, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Eastern Michigan, Georgia, Houston, Illinois, Mississippi, Notre Dame, UCLA, UNLV, WashingtonLB - Jordan Evans (6'3" 205) - Norman, OK (Norman North High School) Evans is an interesting player because he doesn't have a true position. He played on both sides of the ball at Norman North as well as returned punts and kickoffs. Chances are he'll end up on defense at linebacker. He's got great speed and size, with a frame that can add some major bulk to be a quality-sized linebacker.Offers: OU, Air Force, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Navy, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota State, UNLVDT - Kerrick Huggins (6'4" 283) - Dallas, TX (Skyline High School)Huggins flipped his commitment from Texas A&M to Oklahoma not long after Justin Manning, long thought a lock for OU, committed to the Aggies. He's got good size already for a defensive tackle, and has room to get bigger. Any defensive tackle is a good pick up for the Sooners.Offers: OU, Colorado State, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas TechWR - KJ Young (6'0" 180) - Perris, CA (Citrus Hill High School)Young is another great prospect as a slot receiver that has really flown under the radar for much of the recruiting period. He's a wiry receiver, but has decent height and should turn out to be a solid player.Offers: OU, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa State, Texas Tech, UNLV, Utah, UTEP

Ford, Ward and St John probably the names on this list that are most exciting. Ford we'll see this year, and Savage will also contribute right away. Thomas is a guy that will get a redshirt but probably get some looks as a Sophomore.
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Former Oklahoma quarterback Steven Davis among dead in Indiana plane crash

By: TOM COYNE and JEFF LATZKE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Former University of Oklahoma championship quarterback Steve Davis was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into a house in northern Indiana, officials said Monday.

St. Joseph County Coroner Randy Magdalinski identified the victims of Sunday's crash in South Bend as 60-year-old Steven Davis and 58-year-old Wesley Caves, both of Tulsa, Okla. An Oklahoma athletics official confirmed it was the same Davis who played for the Sooners in the 1970s. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the school has not yet announced the death.

Caves owned the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet that clipped one house before slamming into two more Sunday afternoon. Caves had a pilot's license, but it was not immediately clear if he was flying the plane when it crashed.

Davis went 32-1-1 as the Sooners' starter from 1973 to 1975, starting every game of Barry Switzer's first three seasons as head coach. Oklahoma tied Southern Cal in the second game of the 1973 season, then ran off 28 straight victories with Davis under center. The Sooners went 11-0 in 1974, then won the national title again the following year after going 11-1.

The plane leaked enough fuel in the crash to force the evacuation of hundreds of people from surrounding homes. The front part of the fuselage sat wedged inside the house just southwest of the South Bend Regional Airport where the pilot had tried to land the plane Sunday afternoon, minutes before the crash.

Two others on board the plane survived, South Bend Assistant Fire Chief John Corthier said. South Bend Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Maggie Scroope said Monday that Jim Rogers was in serious condition and Christopher Evans was in fair condition.

A woman who was injured on the ground, Diana McKeown, was in fair condition, Scroope said.

Authorities evacuated and cut the power to several homes in the neighborhood after fuel leaked from the jet's engine into the basement of the home creating a "very dangerous" situation, Corthier said. Everyone in the neighborhood has been accounted for, he said.

One neighbor described her terror as the plane bore down on her home.

"I was looking out my picture window," said Mary Jane Klaybor, who lives across the street from the crash site. "This (plane) was coming straight at my house. I went, `Huh?' and then there was a big crash, and all the insulation went flying."

She said: "I saw the plane, then I heard the boom."

The plane began its journey in Tulsa, Okla. It is registered to 7700 Enterprises in Helena, Mont., which does business in Tulsa as DigiCut Systems and is owned by Caves.

Mike Daigle, executive director of the St. Joseph County Airport Authority, said the plane attempted a landing at the South Bend airport about 4:15 p.m., then went back up and maneuvered south to try another landing, but eight minutes later the airport learned the plane was no longer airborne.

He provided no information to indicate if the pilot said the plane was experiencing mechanical trouble. Daigle said Monday he has no firsthand knowledge about what caused the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Todd Fox arrived at the scene late Sunday. He said his agency will be looking for the cause of the crash and "to identify and remedy any issues that could have prevented this accident."

http://www.kshb.com/dpp/sports/college_sports/big_xii_coverage/former-oklahoma-quarterback-steven-davis-among-dead-in-indiana-plane-crash

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Former Oklahoma quarterback Steven Davis among dead in Indiana plane crash

By: TOM COYNE and JEFF LATZKE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Former University of Oklahoma championship quarterback Steve Davis was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into a house in northern Indiana, officials said Monday.

St. Joseph County Coroner Randy Magdalinski identified the victims of Sunday's crash in South Bend as 60-year-old Steven Davis and 58-year-old Wesley Caves, both of Tulsa, Okla. An Oklahoma athletics official confirmed it was the same Davis who played for the Sooners in the 1970s. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the school has not yet announced the death.

Caves owned the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet that clipped one house before slamming into two more Sunday afternoon. Caves had a pilot's license, but it was not immediately clear if he was flying the plane when it crashed.

Davis went 32-1-1 as the Sooners' starter from 1973 to 1975, starting every game of Barry Switzer's first three seasons as head coach. Oklahoma tied Southern Cal in the second game of the 1973 season, then ran off 28 straight victories with Davis under center. The Sooners went 11-0 in 1974, then won the national title again the following year after going 11-1.

The plane leaked enough fuel in the crash to force the evacuation of hundreds of people from surrounding homes. The front part of the fuselage sat wedged inside the house just southwest of the South Bend Regional Airport where the pilot had tried to land the plane Sunday afternoon, minutes before the crash.

Two others on board the plane survived, South Bend Assistant Fire Chief John Corthier said. South Bend Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Maggie Scroope said Monday that Jim Rogers was in serious condition and Christopher Evans was in fair condition.

A woman who was injured on the ground, Diana McKeown, was in fair condition, Scroope said.

Authorities evacuated and cut the power to several homes in the neighborhood after fuel leaked from the jet's engine into the basement of the home creating a "very dangerous" situation, Corthier said. Everyone in the neighborhood has been accounted for, he said.

One neighbor described her terror as the plane bore down on her home.

"I was looking out my picture window," said Mary Jane Klaybor, who lives across the street from the crash site. "This (plane) was coming straight at my house. I went, `Huh?' and then there was a big crash, and all the insulation went flying."

She said: "I saw the plane, then I heard the boom."

The plane began its journey in Tulsa, Okla. It is registered to 7700 Enterprises in Helena, Mont., which does business in Tulsa as DigiCut Systems and is owned by Caves.

Mike Daigle, executive director of the St. Joseph County Airport Authority, said the plane attempted a landing at the South Bend airport about 4:15 p.m., then went back up and maneuvered south to try another landing, but eight minutes later the airport learned the plane was no longer airborne.

He provided no information to indicate if the pilot said the plane was experiencing mechanical trouble. Daigle said Monday he has no firsthand knowledge about what caused the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Todd Fox arrived at the scene late Sunday. He said his agency will be looking for the cause of the crash and "to identify and remedy any issues that could have prevented this accident."

http://www.kshb.com/dpp/sports/college_sports/big_xii_coverage/former-oklahoma-quarterback-steven-davis-among-dead-in-indiana-plane-crash

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Roughly 90 percent of college football programs would be thrilled to win 10 games in a season. Oklahoma is not one of those programs.Sharing a Big 12 title? That trophy is a whole lot less satisfying when there are seven others waiting in the trophy case since 2000 that weren't shared with anybody."Our expectations are different than everybody else. Everybody’s not Oklahoma," defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. "When you have Oklahoma across your chest, you expect to win championships, and that’s never going to change here."He knows firsthand. Stoops helped his brother, coach Bob Stoops, win Oklahoma's seventh national title back in 2000, and the Sooners came up short two more times, once losing in the title game with Mike Stoops in 2003 and again a year later with Stoops coaching at Arizona. Without him coordinating the defense, the Sooners gave up 55 points to USC, more points than any team has ever scored in the BCS National Championship Game.Arizona fired Mike Stoops six games into the 2011 season, and the Sooners' struggling defense needed an offseason jolt, despite winning 10 games that same season. Mike Stoops returned and brought assistant Tim Kish with him to coach linebackers and help coordinate the defense."Sometimes change is good, new ideas are good always, and change is good sometimes," Mike Stoops said. "That happens for whatever reason, and whether it’s complacency or just being stagnant, those things occur. Just trying to reinvent ourselves is something we need to do."In 2012, there were more late-season defensive struggles after a strong start, but yet again, a 10-win season and a shared Big 12 title weren't enough. Losing three games isn't good enough, and nobody wants to hear that all three losses came to teams that spent time in the top five last season. The Sooners want to get back to competing for national titles, and Bob Stoops went the route of coaching changes to help get Oklahoma back there. Assistant coaches Jackie Shipp and Bruce Kittle were shown the door, along with offensive line coach James Patton. The Sooners scooped up Bill Bedenbaugh from West Virginia to replace Patton and brought in Jerry Montgomery from Michigan to coach the defensive line. Jay Boulware filled Kittle's spot on the staff after coaching tight ends at Auburn. The Sooners' reboot was complete, and they're working toward results in the spring."[They bring] a new perspective in some areas, new ideas. They’re not drastic changes," Mike Stoops said. "Obviously, the coaches we had in here were involved and knew our systems well, but there’s always little changes in technique and little things schematically that can help you, so we’re always looking for fresh ideas."Ten wins tastes bitter when you're used to winning 11 or 12, which can be the difference between proving yourself as a very good team and a great team. Oklahoma won at least 12 games six times since 2000 and 11 games on three more occasions. Ten wins isn't good enough, and a few former players and one famed coach were more than willing to speak up about it, echoing fan concerns.Barry Switzer started it in September when he told one local paper that the Sooners "just don't have the talent.""We’re not as good as we have been," Switzer said. "We don’t have the Tommie Harrises or Gerald McCoys squatting down there in the middle [of the defensive line]."Offensive lineman Jammal Brown, an All-American who played in Norman from 2000 to '04, said he was "mad as hell" about the Sooners' 28-point Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M to cap the 10-win season, calling the Sooners "soft." CBS analyst Spencer Tillman, a Sooners running back in the '80s, said Oklahoma lost concentration on what made the program great in the first place.Considering the Sooners let Shipp go at the end of the season, it's hard to believe Bob Stoops didn't agree in part with what Switzer had to say. As for the rest of it?"We may not be as skilled at some of the positions as we want to be, but our toughness and pride is what made Oklahoma what it is, whether it was Bud Wilkinson or Barry Switzer or Bob Stoops, I think that’s the common thread that goes to being a great team," Mike Stoops said."Some of those, from the outside, may have felt like we didn’t have that common thread between us. I never felt that; I always thought our teams played hard and together. They’re certainly entitled to their opinions, you know. We’ve got to look at ourselves, and if it’s true, we need to change it. The things we needed to change, we’re working on changing, and nobody knows our program like we do."There’s areas we certainly need to get better at, and we’re aware of those. Some of those take time. Some of those take adjustments each day to get better."The Sooners lose a four-year starter at quarterback in Landry Jones from last year's team, along with seven starters from Mike Stoops' defense. The task of winning more than 10 games seems difficult in a Big 12 that's deeper than it has ever been."We just need to get better, again, individually and schematically and play better across the board and come up with better ideas and a better scheme. We’re not far off when you look at the big picture," Mike Stoops said. "We had a chance to win 12 games, we lost them all late in the game and down the stretch and didn’t make the plays we needed to, but again, we’re not that far off."

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Call me a sucker but everyone seems to be pretty happy with the new d-line coach from Michigan. Despite the guys who left and the likelihood that overall there will be less talent I think our defense will improve next year. The d-line can't get much worse.

Mike Stoops :lol: it takes time! How much time is enough?

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Call me a sucker but everyone seems to be pretty happy with the new d-line coach from Michigan. Despite the guys who left and the likelihood that overall there will be less talent I think our defense will improve next year. The d-line can't get much worse.

Mike Stoops :lol: it takes time! How much time is enough?

agreed can only go up from here. I hope

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OU football: Former coach Chuck Fairbanks dies of brain cancer

Former OU football coach Chuck Fairbanks died Tuesday afternoon in Arizona after battling brain cancer. He was diagnosed in September 2012.

He was 79 years old.

“The University of Oklahoma fondly remembers Chuck Fairbanks,” Joe Castiglione, OU vice president for intercollegiate athletics and director of athletics, said in a press release. “Chuck provided stability and leadership for the program during a pivotal time in OU history and his lasting contributions to Oklahoma Football will always be appreciated.”

Fairbanks was the Sooners' head coach from 1967 to 1972, compiling a 52-15-1 record, three Big 8 titles and a 3-1-1 bowl record, according to soonersports.com. One of Fairbanks' biggest contributions to the program was introducing the wishbone offense that became a staple in the Sooners' offense for two decades.

After coaching at OU, Fairbanks went on to spend six years in the NFL with the New England Patriots and three years back in college football at Colorado. Under Fairbanks, the Patriots won 46 games and made two postseason appearances, the team's first trip to the playoffs in more than a decade.

“The Oklahoma Football family is saddened by the passing of Chuck Fairbanks, who holds a memorable place in Sooners’ history,” coach Bob Stoops said in a press release. “His squads won three Big 8 championships and helped lay the foundation for the program’s ongoing success with the installation of the wishbone-T offense. Chuck possessed an exceptional eye for talent, recruiting talented players like Heisman winner Steve Owens and enabling innovative assistant coaches like Barry Switzer to thrive.

“I was fortunate to have many opportunities to get to know Chuck over the years. He often visited his daughter in Norman around Thanksgiving, and I enjoyed our conversations when he attended practice. We offer our prayers and condolences to Chuck’s family and the many individuals he touched during his time at the University of Oklahoma.”

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/da5sS?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=oklahoma-sooners-football

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ESPN's Trent Dilfer calls the OU offense 'a joke' and its playcalling 'brutal'

Moments after Landry Jones was drafted by the Steelers on Saturday, ESPN brought Trent Dilfer in to analyze the former OU quarterback.

But Dilfer seemed a bit more interested in torching the OU coaching staff and talent level, as a way to evaluate Jones.

Here are his candid and unfiltered comments. Tell us how you really feel, Trent.

“I went through all Landry Jones’ 2012 film and I just disregarded it. I do not hold him accountable for what happened last year. The offense is a joke. It’s spitball. The receivers are brutal. The playcalling is brutal. They take him out in the red zone, they never let him get into a flow. My final grade on Landry Jones is go back to 2011, he’s a high-ceiling guy. I like a lot about him. I hate what they did with him in 2012…The whole offense is built around getting flashy numbers and not scoring points.”

Dilfer often comes off like a blowhard. But I have to agree with him on this.

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The lack of talent on the Sooners D reflected by Jefferson, Hurst, Wort and McFarland going undrafted.

Jefferson had a brutal combine and he never really did match what he did his Freshman year when he was a beast. McFarland is one of the more disappointing premium high school recruits I can remember, he had one ok season and a lot of invisible games. Wort always hurt, Hurst always out of position.

Also agree with Dilfer on Jones being misused, but maybe not about his ceiling. As much as I bashed Jones (especially his Junior year) was as much as I felt sorry for him at times last year. I think he's a solid NFL backup, maybe a starter a year or two. Gonna take him a few years to adjust to pressure though, but he went to the exact team he needed to go to. I wish him well.

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The Lost Ogle: some drunk lake girl wanted to ride the Belldozer (w/ video)

... it’s kind of refreshing to see an OU quarterback act like the big man on campus. I’m not saying I want Blake to get a job at Big Red Sports and Imports or anything, but the guy’s in college and should be out having fun. If a girl did that to Landry Jones, he would have stood on the chair, got a nose bleed and then thrown an interception to Manti Te’o.
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Oklahoma junior defensive lineman Chuka Ndulue arrested on DUI complaint
Oklahoma junior defensive lineman Chuka Ndulue was arrested early Saturday morning on a complaint of driving under the influence.

NORMAN — Oklahoma junior defensive lineman Chuka Ndulue was arrested early Saturday morning on a complaint of driving under the influence, according to OU Police Lt. Bruce Chan.

Campus police pulled Ndulue over around 2:46 a.m. at the intersection of E. Lindsey Street and McKinley Avenue, Chan said.

Police detained Ndulue, who was then booked at the Cleveland County Detention Center. He was released around 9 a.m.

Ndulue appeared in all 13 of Oklahoma's games last season, recording a team-high five sacks. He's one of only four returning starters on the Sooners' defense, and the only defensive lineman back with any significant game experience.

“We are aware of the matter and the situation will be handled internally,” said an OU Athletics spokesperson.

This spring, OU coaches moved Ndulue inside to defensive tackle to deal with depth issues there.

Arrests such as these have typically resulted in one-game suspensions under coach Bob Stoops.

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/daJ8l?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=oklahoma-sooners-football

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Oklahoma football: A position-by-position look at the 2013 Sooners
As college football fast approaches — Big 12 football media days are less than a month away — here is a look at next year's Oklahoma squad, position-by-position.

NORMAN — Oklahoma enters the 2013 football season without four-year starting quarterback Landry Jones, its two leading receivers from 2012 and the vast majority of last year's contributors on the defensive line and in the secondary.

Despite all that lost experience, the Sooners seemingly have as good a shot as any team in the wide-open Big 12 Conference.

As college football fast approaches — Big 12 football media days are less than a month away — here is a look at next year's Oklahoma squad, position-by-position.

QUARTERBACKS

Who's gone: Drew Allen (transferred to Syracuse), Landry Jones (eligibility expired)

Who's back: Blake Bell (6-6, 263, Jr.), Trevor Knight (6-1, 202, RFr.), Kendal Thompson (6-1, 191, So.)

Who's new: Cody Thomas (6-5, 220, Fr.)

Analysis: Bell outshined Knight and Thompson in the spring game, but all three quarterbacks led scoring drives and showed their ability to move around in and out of the pocket — something that was missing from the OU offense during the Landry Jones era. By the end of spring practices, Bell and Thompson appeared to have separated themselves a bit from Knight. It remains to be seen how much Thompson's offseason arrest for public intoxication will hurt his chances.

Unit MVP: Bell

Grade: B. Bell remains the odds-on favorite to win the job, but OU coaches have got to feel good about any position battle — especially this one — when there really isn't a bad choice.

RUNNING BACKS

Who's gone: Dominique Whaley (eligibility expired)

Who's back: Brennan Clay (5-11, 197, Sr.), Roy Finch (5-7, 167, Sr.), Trey Millard (6-2, 259, Sr.), Aaron Ripkowski (6-1, 260, Jr.), Alex Ross (6-1, 218, RFr.), David Smith (5-10, 206, RFr.), Damien Williams (5-11, 214, Sr.)

Who's new: Keith Ford (5-11, 208, Fr.)

Analysis: One of the most stacked units on the team, Oklahoma's running backs could be primed for big, big things in 2013. Clay finally began to showcase his full potential late last season. Williams emerged as a big-play threat any time he touches the ball. Finch seems back in the coaches' good graces, so he could end up a big part of the offense. Millard's value as a blocker can't be overstated, but he has shown electric ability with the ball in his hands.

Unit MVP: Millard

Grade: A. OU's backfield is loaded with talented, diverse playmakers. Williams and Clay will likely get the bulk of the carries next season.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Who's gone: Justin Brown (eligibility expired), Kenny Stills (entered NFL Draft),

Who's back: Lacoltan Bester (6-3, 208, Sr.), Trey Metoyer (6-1, 184, So.), Durron Neal (5-11, 201, So.), Jaz Reynolds (6-2, 198, Sr.), Jalen Saunders (5-9, 160, Sr.), Sterling Shepard (5-10, 188, So.), Derrick Woods (6-1, 186, RFr.)

Who's new: Austin Bennett (6-0, 170, Fr.), Dannon Cavil (6-5, 205, Fr.), Jordan Smallwood (6-2, 190, Fr.), K.J. Young (6-1, 182, Fr.)

Analysis: Many teams might be a bit concerned after losing their two leading receivers. Not Oklahoma, though, and it's a credit to Jay Norvell's strong recruiting and talent development. Saunders and Shepard became major threats in the slot positions last year, and both appear primed to make big leaps next season. Metoyer was branded a superstar-to-be before his freshman season began. That didn't work out last year, but he's certainly got the talent to contribute moving forward.

Unit MVP: Saunders

Grade: A. Bester, Neal, Saunders and Shepard left spring as the starters, but any of the unit's talented players could command playing time.

TIGHT ENDS

Who's gone: No one

Who's back: Sam Grant (6-7, 250, RFr.), Brannon Green (6-2, 264, Sr.), Taylor McNamara (6-5, 253, RFr.)

Who's new: No one

Analysis: Under Bob Stoops, Oklahoma has typically gotten major production out of its tight ends. Until last season, when Green made the unit's only three receptions all year and the position became somewhat obsolete in the Sooners' prolific attack. McNamara was injured early in the season and then granted a medical redshirt.

Unit MVP: Green

Grade: C. Oklahoma expects more from this group in 2013.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Who's gone: Tyler Evans (tore ACL in spring, likely ending career), Lane Johnson (eligibility expired)

Who's back: Ty Darlington (6-3, 282, So.), Derek Farniok (6-9, 324, So.), Gabe Ikard (6-3, 298, Sr.), Bronson Irwin (6-5, 310, Sr.), Nila Kasitati (6-4, 309, So.), Kyle Marrs (6-5, 300, RFr.), Adam Shead (6-4, 311, Jr.), Tyrus Thompson (6-5, 316, Jr.), Daryl Williams (6-6, 315, Jr.)

Who's new: Christian Daimler (6-6, 270, Fr.), Josiah St. John (6-6, 305, Jr.), Dionte Savage (6-5, 345, Jr.), Tony Feo (6-4, 275, Jr.)

Analysis: Oklahoma's offensive line played admirably last season considering its ongoing injury problems. With new position coach Bill Bedenbaugh, toughness and constant improvement will be paramount. The unit returns experienced leaders like Ikard, Irwin, Shead, Thompson and Williams, plus promising young guys like Darlington and Kasitati, who returns from a torn ACL. One player who needs major improvement to provide important depth is Farniok, a big, strong guy whose talent has yet to materialize.

Unit MVP: Ikard

Grade: B. If the experienced guys can stay healthy and the young guys grow up fast, Oklahoma's offensive line could become one of the strongest units on the team.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Who's gone: David King (eligibility expired), Jamarkus McFarland (eligibility expired), Stacy McGee (eligibility expired), Casey Walker (eligibility expired), R.J. Washington (eligibility expired)

Who's back: Rashod Favors (6-1, 262, Jr.), Geneo Grissom (6-4, 254, Jr.), P.L. Lindley (6-2, 249, So.), Chuka Ndulue (6-3, 262, Jr.), Chaz Nelson (6-2, 244, Sr.), Michael Onuoha (6-5, 235, So.), Charles Tapper (6-4, 253, So.), Torrea Peterson (6-3, 280, Jr.), Jordan Phillips (6-6, 324, So.), Jordan Wade (6-4, 306, RFr.)

Who's new: Matt Dimon (6-2, 252, Fr.), Kerrick Huggins (6-3, 289, Fr.), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (6-3, 220, Fr.), Quincy Russell (6-4, 315, Jr.), Matthew Romar (6-3, 268, Fr.), Charles Walker (6-3, 280, Fr.), D.J. Ward (6-2, 245, Fr.)

Analysis: Oklahoma's defensive line was its weakest unit last season. Most of those players are gone, but lots of questions remain about the guys who will replace them. The Sooners were dangerously thin at defensive tackle in the spring, causing coaches to move Chuka Ndulue and Rashod Favors to tackle. Phillips will probably be one of the most important players on the whole team. He's got a high ceiling, and will need to begin reaching his full potential soon.

Unit MVP: Ndulue

Grade: C-. This unit has lots to prove.

LINEBACKERS

Who's gone: Jaydan Bird (eligibility expired), Daniel Franklin (eligibility expired), Joseph Ibiloye (eligibility expired), Tom Wort (entered NFL Draft)

Who's back: Corey Nelson (6-1, 215. Sr.), Frank Shannon (6-1, 230, So.), Eric Striker (6-0, 198, So.)

Who's new: Dominique Alexander (6-2, 195, Fr.), Jordan Evans (6-3, 210, Fr.)

Analysis: Like tight ends, OU linebackers became pretty obsolete by season's end. Nelson and Shannon each showed flashes of their potential last year, but weren't allowed on the field much in Mike Stoops' experimental defensive schemes. Stoops admitted doing the group “an injustice” last year, and vowed it would return to its rightful, prominent place in the defense.

Unit MVP: Nelson

Grade: C+. With their confidence back, OU's linebackers — especially Nelson — might be in for a strong rebound season.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Who's gone: Javon Harris (eligibility expired), Lamar Harris (eligibility expired), Demontre Hurst (eligibility expired), Tony Jefferson (entered NFL Draft), Jesse Paulsen (eligibility expired)

Who's back: Daniel Brooks (5-8, 172, RFr.), Aaron Colvin (6-0, 181, Sr.), Kass Everett (5-10, 180, Sr.), Trey Franks (5-10, 184, Jr.), Quentin Hayes (6-0, 181, Jr.), Cortez Johnson (6-2, 198, So.), Gabe Lynn (6-0, 199, Sr.), Zack Sanchez (5-11, 170, RFr.), Julian Wilson (6-2, 191, Jr.)

Who's new: Dakota Austin (5-11, 167, Fr.), Hatari Byrd (6-1, 195, Fr.), L.J. Moore (6-1, 175, Fr.), Stanvon Taylor (5-11, 175, Fr.), Ahmad Thomas (6-1, 205, Fr.)

Analysis: Colvin has All-America potential. Lynn has struggled some at cornerback and nickelback in the past; he move to free safety in the spring. Johnson sat out last year after transferring from Arizona, but left spring ball as a starting corner opposite Colvin.

Unit MVP: Colvin

Grade: C+. Newcomers in this unit appear to have the best chance at early playing time in 2013.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Who's gone: Tress Way (eligibility expired)

Who's back: Michael Hunnicutt (6-1, 169, Jr.)

Who's new: Jed Barnett (6-2, 215, Jr.)

Analysis: Barnett wasn't great in the spring game, but Bob Stoops swears by his powerful leg. Hunnicutt has made 36 of 43 career field goals. New special teams coordinator Jay Boulware raved about his return men — especially Jalen Saunders and Roy Finch — during the spring.

Unit MVP: Hunnicutt

Grade: B. Hunnicutt has been solid, and the Sooners' return men could end up being among the nation's best next season.

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1st year at Big 12 confirmed Bowlsby's message

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer

IRVING, Texas (AP) Bob Bowlsby was only a few weeks into his new job as Big 12 commissioner when at the league's football media days last July he kept repeating the same thing to all who would listen.

"Our message was we're stable, we're strong and we're successful," Bowlsby recalled a year later. "Those were the three watch words. ... I uttered them a whole bunch of times."

Bowlsby won't have to work too hard to convince people of that when he takes the podium Monday at a downtown Dallas hotel to kick off this year's football media days.

The league's 10 schools shared a record $198 million in revenue for the 2012-13 school year, a total that could easily double because of a new TV deal and a Sugar Bowl partnership with the powerhouse SEC. Nine of 10 teams went to bowl games, making the Big 12 the first league ever to send 90 percent of its teams to the postseason in the same season.

"This year, I think people know that we are those three things, and I think the message is we're looking forward" Bowlsby said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We're excited about the future, we're all about winning national championships, and we're going to do what we need to try and make all the boats rise."

No longer is the Big 12 just trying to survive, like it was during the seismic shifts of conference affiliation in previous summers when the league lost four schools and added two others to settle into its 10-team configuration.

Bowlsby, the former Stanford and Iowa athletic director, acknowledged that much of what has been accomplished in his first year leading the Big 12 was the result of things that were already in motion when he got there. That included the framework of the $2.6 billion TV deal with ESPN and Fox Sports that goes through 2024-25 with each school granting its TV rights to the league.

"We got done the things that needed to be done in the first year, most of them were previously started," Bowlsby said. "This year may be a little more ground-level logistics and tactical things, as opposed to some of the high-level things we had to deal with."

This time, it's putting the finishing details on items such as potential scheduling alliances with other leagues that would include neutral-site games, the Sugar Bowl setup that begins with the 2014 season and their bowl lineup in the post-BCS era.

The Big 12 is also hosting college basketball's biggest event, with the NCAA Final Four at Cowboys Stadium next April.

Among items on Bowlsby's agenda is a branding initiative to build a national identity for the 10-team league known as the Big 12.

"One of the reasons we've decided to go forward with it is because we wanted to put a stake in the ground. We're here for the long haul ... we have members in perpetuity," Bowlsby said. "There isn't any belief that there are decision-times coming up where you have to decide to be in the league or not be in the league."

That wasn't necessarily the case when the Big 12 was planning a similar branding campaign a couple years ago before Bowlsby arrived. Then came talk about Texas A&M's possible departure from the league, and the Aggies then moving to the SEC with Missouri.

While Bowlsby expects the Big 12 to get stronger, that doesn't mean getting bigger.

Without being prompted, Bowlsby said he believes that the current conference members consider 10 schools "as the right number for us." That comes at a time when all the other power conferences have 12-14 teams.

"There hasn't been anything that has been empirically able to demonstrate that larger is better," he said. "Our distributable revenue per institution is right there at the top of the country. I think time will tell whether our size is the optimal size or whether something bigger is optimal. But we like our dog in the fight."

The eight continuing members of the Big 12 - Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech - each got about $22 million from revenue. While newcomers TCU and West Virginia got half-shares of about $11 million for their first year in the Big 12, that was more than either got in their old leagues.

With $289 million in revenue for 2012-13, the SEC distributed just less than $21 million per team to its 14 schools. That league has won the last seven national championships in football.

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Watching the whole game...WV really sucks. That was not very fun to watch. Tailgating and pre-game were great, even with the deadly heat, but good god do we suck.

It was unbelievable how many points WV would have put up if they had receivers who could catch the ball or a QB who could just hit an open guy when he had all day to throw.

There was one point where Knight threw a pick. Then Millard threw a pick. So Knight fumbled. But WV really wanted to lose more, so after they completed a 3rd and long, the receiver decided to fumble and give OU the ball back.

We scored 10/16 points because of our punter. It was awful. I really hope we don't have to watch that #### the rest of the season. I would love to have an actual good team out there by the time we go to play Texas (hahahahahah BYU hahahahahaha).

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Yeah I'm not sure which QB was worse between Millard and Knight. Just a terrible football game. I'm sure the ratings were atrocious. Trickett should gett a shot for WVU and it will be interesting to see if OU changes anything up next week. One bright spot from yesterday is that apparently you don't have to be able to throw the ball to beat Texas. It's gonna be weird watching Baylor win the Big XII

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Did anyone else notice that when Bell was knocked down or sacked the linemen never helped him up? Seems weird that you see the QB down beside you and you don't even offer a hand.

I think they know they might dislocate their shoulders helping him up.

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I was in South Bend Saturday. Great game. OU did exactly what it needed to do getting out of the gate fast. And every time ND started to get something going OU was able to take the momentum back. The OU fan presence was also incredible. Red all around the stadium.

The campus is great. Got to visit the Golden Dome, Touchdown Jesus, the Grotto and the Basilica. Got to see the Irish Guard getting hazed. The Notre Dame fans were great too. They couldn't believe how many OU fans showed up.

One of the best game days I've experienced. :thumbup:

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I was in South Bend Saturday. Great game. OU did exactly what it needed to do getting out of the gate fast. And every time ND started to get something going OU was able to take the momentum back. The OU fan presence was also incredible. Red all around the stadium.

The campus is great. Got to visit the Golden Dome, Touchdown Jesus, the Grotto and the Basilica. Got to see the Irish Guard getting hazed. The Notre Dame fans were great too. They couldn't believe how many OU fans showed up.

One of the best game days I've experienced. :thumbup:

Awesome, I saw ND/UM there in the early 90s.

OU travels well, one thing I love about the school. With tempered expectations this season has actually been pretty fun so far. They are just too small on the defensive front and Bell isn't the most accurate thrower, but the run game and the back seven have looked good. :thumbup:

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