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John E. Hoover: Sooners will break out alternate uniforms vs. Kansas State

John E. Hoover: Sooners will break out alternate uniforms vs. Kansas State
Bob Stoops talked about the Sooners' alternate uniforms during his press conference on Monday.

Bob Stoops talked about the Sooners’ alternate uniforms during his press conference on Monday.

NORMAN — Oklahoma will wear its alternate uniforms Saturday against Kansas State, whether Bob Stoops knows it or not.

Stoops provided a moment of levity during his weekly press conference when he admitted that equipment director Brad Camp had said something to him about wearing the Rough Rider uniforms this week but he wasn’t quite paying attention.

“I don’t remember what he said. Honestly,” Stoops said. “I was thinking about Texas. He was talking to me, and I was nodding. I didn’t care about it last week.”

Stoops was asked if he might have agreed to something without knowing exactly what.

“Maybe so,” he said.

It was humorous, but also a glimpse into the singular focus that a coach of Stoops’ stature can have—especially during Texas week.

The uniforms, which debuted in 2014, include wood-grain helmets with an enlarged OU logo, crimson jerseys, white pants and other elements incorporating OU’s heritage.


Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “Further Review with Hoover & Rew” and can be heard on The Franchise Tulsa from noon to 3 p.m. every weekday with co-host Lauren Rew and most mornings on The Franchise in Oklahoma City. Listen on fm107.9, am1270 on the 107.7 Franchise app, or click the “Listen tab on The Franchise home page.

John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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