Oklahoma is 1-6 in Jan. 1 or later bowls since 2004. Only win was over UConn & 3 losses were by 20 points or more.— Jon Solomon (@jonsol) January 5, 2013
Casey Walker's mother has a message for Oklahoma football fans: Her son is "great" and will return to the Sooners this season.
Coach Bob Stoops announced last week that Walker, a senior defensive tackle, was dealing with a "personal issue" that prevented him from traveling to El Paso, Texas, for the Sooners' season opener at UTEP on Saturday.
"He is great," Natalie Pipken emphatically told The Oklahoman in a brief telephone interview Tuesday evening. "He is coming back. He'll be back on the team."
Pipken declined to offer any specifics, only unequivocally saying, "Soon," when asked if she knew when Walker might rejoin the OU football team.
Stoops has continued to say he is unsure of any time frame for Walker's return.
Thou shalt not besmirch thy good name of SoonerSports.com
I mistakenly blamed the fine folks at SoonerSports.com for the discrepancies between which players were listed as having played and what we (or more to the point, you all) saw with our eyes.
I was informed that they were forced to rely on the home team to provide the official stats before they have time to go back and review the tape.
I am of the firm opinion that the people at SoonerSports.com are the best at what they do, so I definitely wanted put it out there that this was through no fault of their own.
"I want the best, that's why I went to Oklahoma."
"I'm not going to shy away from the best. I want to go against the best of the best."
"I've been working hard all four years (of high school) for an opportunity like this. It's here now, so it's my time to work 10 times harder to prove that was a good decision that was made."
"Be looking out, I'm going to make an impact in some kind of way. I'm not saying I'm going to have a Sammy Watkins-type of year but I'm going to make my impact. I'll work my butt off and it's going to pay off."
Grissom's high school coach, for his part, thinks Oklahoma fans will be "more than pleasantly surprised" with his former pupil's performance at tight end.
"He was a ferocious blocker," Dreiling said. "I think it's a pretty natural move, given his body. He's got incredible hands, and his arms are so long."
"I always felt like he was a natural on offense," Dreiling said. "He's gifted on the offensive side."
"We are allowing the best teams in the country to determine a national champion on the football field, and as a coach, that's what you want," Stoops said. "Our student-athletes, our universities, college football and the fans are all winners in this new playoff format.
"I've long advocated the many positives of maintaining the bowl system as part of the postseason. I'm very pleased that student-athletes competing for a national championship will still get to enjoy the rich part of college football's tradition that is that week-long bowl experience. To me, this decision further enhances the importance of our regular season games, and is good for college football and our student-athletes all the way around."
All of Oklahoma's athletic programs scored well on the NCAA's academic progress ratings, which were released Wednesday.
Eight OU women's teams — cross country, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, tennis, indoor track and outdoor track — earned the best possible APR score of 1000.
The Sooners' football team scored a 985 for 2010-11 and has a four-year average of 970, which is well above the average score (948) for all Division I football programs.
The football team's 2010-11 score is the highest among OU men's athletic teams.
Boomer sooner !!! I'll be in Norman in July ....— Courtney Gardner (@CG_Equals_TD) June 5, 2012
Looks like somebody just got some good news. You'd be wise not to take this as gospel, but we can hope this was the good news both Gardner and OU fans have been waiting on.
Gardner has that special kind of talent and could make an immediate impact for this team in the coming season. The earlier he can get to campus only increases his chances for doing so.
No games to be played in today's Charlottesville Regional. Sooners open tourney tomorrow at 5 pm CT against Appalachian State on KREF 1400