We’re in the middle of the college football offseason, but take comfort in the fact that OU will be playing a game in a mere 98 days! That’s still a long time, but for now we should take an opportunity to give a shout-out to a former Sooner who wore No. 98.
Few names in Oklahoma football lore carry more weight than Selmon — the surname of legendary defensive linemen LeRoy, Lucious and Dewey. The late LeRoy was the most decorated of the three brothers from Eufala, Okla., frequently being referenced as the greatest player in OU history and immortalized in Canton, Ohio. Dewey was no slouch himself, achieving All-America status in 1974 and 1975. But Lucious, the oldest of the trio, can’t be overlooked.
Longtime Oklahoma Sooners assistant Larry Lacewell only offered Lucious after watching his two younger brothers, but the undersized nose guard turned out be more than a pleasant surprise. By his senior season in 1973, Lucious was a consensus All-American and the Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year.
After a brief stint with the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League, Lucious returned to Norman, where he would serve as an assistant coach for the Sooners until 1995. Selmon was famously the man in charge of recruiting ballyhooed running back Marcus Dupree, and he stayed in a Philadelphia, Miss. hotel for nearly six weeks to make sure he ended up in Norman.
In 1995, Selmon accepted a role as linebacker coach for the fledgling Jacksonville Jaguars and stayed there until 2002. In 2011, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Sport Hall of Fame.