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Oklahoma Opens Bye Week With a Servant’s Heart, Rested Bodies and Healthy Minds

Sooners coach Brent Venables was looking through some notes from 25 years ago when he realized just how much the players’ down time has changed.

College football bye weeks just ain’t what they used to be.

Oklahoma coach Brent Venables came to that full realization a couple weeks ago when he was looking through some old notes — from 1998, when he was Bill Snyder’s linebackers coach at Kansas State — and put it in perspective with how he’s approaching the Sooners’ open date this week.

“I think years and years ago, you practiced like it was a game week,” Venables said on Monday night. “Because football’s year-round now.

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