No single element or ingredient has the power to absolutely define the lasting enchantment of Oklahoma football. Decades of great successes and occasional heartbreak have spawned generations of faithful disciples, who treat fall Saturdays like sacred holidays dedicated to their heroes donning the crimson and cream. Tales from the Oklahoma Sooners Sideline offers these fans a glimpse, often with a behind-the-scenes perspective, into the tradition surrounding Oklahoma football. Dozens of stories and details describe the individual and team triumphs that commenced with the hiring of legendary coach Bud Wilkinson and continue today. This newly revised edition of Tales from the Oklahoma Sooners Sideline captures the stories from OU greats such as Pop Ivy, Bud Wilkinson, Tommy McDonald, Eddie Crowder, Billy Vessels, Prentice Gautt, Joe Don Looney, Granville Liggins, Steve Owens, Barry Switzer, Greg Pruitt, the Selmon brothers, Billy Sims, Joe Washington, Brian Bosworth, Keith Jackson, Thomas Lott, Bob Stoops, Roy Williams, Josh Heupel, Rocky Calmus, Adrian Peterson, Sam Bradford, Baker Mayfield, and many, many more. This treasure trove of history, anecdotes, and stats is sure to satisfy any Sooners fan.
About the Author
Jay C. Upchurch is the editor-in-chief for Sooner Spectator, a magazine dedicated to covering University of Oklahoma athletics. He previously worked for a variety of publications, including the Norman Transcript, the Duncan Banner, and the Oklahoma Gazette. A University of Oklahoma graduate, he lives in Norman, Oklahoma.
Barry Switzer served as head coach at Oklahoma for sixteen seasons, winning twelve Big Eight titles and three national championships between 1973 and 1988. He also coached four seasons in the National Football League with the Dallas Cowboys, becoming one of only three coaches to win a college national championship and a Super Bowl title.
Table of Contents
Foreword Barry Switzer ix
Chapter 1 The Early Years 1
Chapter 2 The 1940s 15
Chapter 3 The 1950s 31
Chapter 4 The 1960s 51
Chapter 5 The 1970s 73
Chapter 6 The 1980s 107
Chapter 7 The 1990S and Beyond 129
Chapter 8 A New Millennium 151
Chapter 9 Continuing the Tradition 161