Columns

There’s a First Time for Everything

There’s a First Time for Everything

Bob Stoops said he felt prepared going into his first game as Oklahoma’s head football coach in September 1999, but he still had some anxiety.

“I was always anxious before games,” Stoops admitted. “Not so much nervous, but it’s hard to pace yourself. You just want to get out there and play the game. You want it to begin. It was kind of always that way. You get up in the morning and it’s hard to pace yourself so you’re not worn out by the time the game gets here.”

Meanwhile, Barry Switzer was his usual confident self before his debut as the Sooners’ head coach 44 years ago, even though media had picked his team to finish fourth in the 1973 Big Eight Conference preseason poll behind Nebraska, Colorado and Missouri. Switzer didn’t see it that way and made his point with a simple roll call inside the OU locker room after practice.

READ MORE

Columns

More in Columns

John E. Hoover: Mayfield’s Heisman speech was good, his press conference was better – but Sunday’s send-off was his best

John E. HooverDecember 10, 2017

John E. Hoover: Mayfield, post-Heisman: Tired, humbled and competitive as ever

John E. HooverDecember 10, 2017

John E. Hoover: Baker Mayfield’s journey to the Heisman was historic – and almost never happened

John E. HooverDecember 9, 2017

John E. Hoover: Taking Mayfield’s good with the bad all adds up to a Heisman Trophy

John E. HooverDecember 9, 2017

John E. Hoover: Mayfield may not have his Heisman speech ready yet, but just being here is ‘surreal’

John E. HooverDecember 8, 2017

The Franchise