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Weekend Roundup | Far Reaching Effects, No Redshirt Ty, 2014 Expectations


Still riding high, Sooners could land big recruits - The Norman Transcript

There are 10 days remaining until National Signing Day. There is just enough time for Oklahoma to close what could be a monumental five-week period in the program's history.

The Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama on Jan. 2 clearly elevated the Sooners' perception on the recruiting trail.

The biggest impact - recruiting wise - will likely be felt in 2015. OU has a junior day scheduled for next Saturday and it will include many high-profile recruits.

But there are ramifications that have been much bigger than a ripple.

Center Ty Darlington won't receive redshirt season for 2013, will be classified as a junior next year - NewsOK

Oklahoma center Ty Darlington has been informed that he is not eligible for a redshirt season despite barely playing in 2013, and will be classified as a junior next season, according to a source close to Darlington.

Darlington was active for nine plays in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, then played a few snaps on special teams in wins over Notre Dame and Texas Tech.

Oklahoma football: Dallis Todd: Class of 2014 has high expectations - The Oklahoman

Throughout the recruiting process, Todd has gotten to know several of his fellow OU commitments, and said the group has very high expectations for itself.

"We want to win national championships and the Big 12," Todd said. "Those are the expectations that everybody is talking about. There are a lot of expectations, but we don't let it get to us. We want to carry on the tradition that they left in the past, and keep Oklahoma the way it's been."

Big XII well represented in Super Bowl XLVIII - CFBNation - ESPN

Super Bowl XLVIII will have a certain Iowa State flair.

That's because both heads coaches in the game, Seattle's Pete Carroll and Denver's John Fox, are both former Iowa State assistants.

Carroll was an assistant defensive backs coach with the Cyclones in 1978. Fox was also a defensive backs coach for Iowa State in 1984.

Fox's one season in Ames, Iowa, however, didn't go quite as well as Carroll's. The Cyclones finished 2-7-2 with Fox as secondary coach.

But with Carroll, Iowa State went 8-4 and made the Hall of Fame Classic bowl. It would be 22 years before the Cyclones would make another bowl game.