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December 20, 1988 | Associated Press
The University of Oklahoma football program, which has won six national championships, was handed a 3-year probation Monday for repeated recruiting violations that National Collegiate Athletic Assn. officials said the school should have controlled.
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September 18, 2005 | Chris Dufresne
Lost in the eight-clap euphoria of UCLA's 41-24 win over Oklahoma on Saturday was the question of exactly what it was UCLA beat. Was it the storied team that went 12-0 in the regular season last year or the one that, two weeks ago, lost to Texas Christian? This was hardly the Oklahoma squad that routed UCLA two years ago in Norman (not the same UCLA team, either). This was not the Oklahoma that, last time it played in Pasadena, trounced Washington State in the 2003 Rose Bowl.
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December 3, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Oklahoma parole board members promised prosecutors Wednesday they would not parole Nigel Clay, one of two former University of Oklahoma football players convicted of raping a woman at an athletic dorm in 1989.
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September 15, 2005 | J.A. Adande
The strangest of topics worked its way into the college football discussion this week: class. Not the social status or taxonomy or division definitions of the word. We're talking professor, room, students. Class. Imagine that.
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December 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Drinking will be banned at University of Oklahoma fraternities and residence halls under a policy announced in Norman, two months after a 19-year-old student died of alcohol poisoning. University of Oklahoma President David Boren said the rules would go into effect Jan. 18 at the start of the new semester. Three violations will end in a student's suspension for a semester.
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January 27, 1989
William E. Lambert, the University of Oklahoma booster who was banned from associating with the school's football program in the wake of a 3-year NCAA probation, served time in federal prison for possessing stolen stock certificates, The Daily Oklahoman reported.
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January 5, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
Computers can't crash this. Polls won't pollute this. Biases don't break this. Not now, not after three years of whiny debate and nagging doubt ended Tuesday in bloodied faces and busted perceptions. USC stuck a four-hour fist into an Oklahoma mouth. USC slapped a grass-stained, padded forearm around a national consciousness. Amid grinding and whirring and banging, USC lowered a cardinal-and-gold dome upon a deep foundation. Welcome to the college football's new capital.
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January 5, 2005 | J.A. Adande
Matt Leinart can't top this. It can't get any better for the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Most Valuable Player of the Orange Bowl, holder at last of the bowl championship series version of the national championship. That's exactly why he should stay in school. At this point it's not about surpassing, it's about sustaining. I wouldn't blame him for leaving a year early and seeking a two-comma salary in the NFL, for wanting the challenge of playing against the best in the world.
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January 5, 2005 | GARY KLEIN
Gary Klein's keys to the game, and how the Trojans measured up: 1. Stop the running game. After Oklahoma's first drive of the game, USC's defense controlled the line of scrimmage and contained Sooner running back Adrian Peterson. Oklahoma was forced to pass and USC intercepted quarterback Jason White three times. 2. Establish the run.
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January 5, 2005
PLAYER OF THE GAME * Trojan quarterback Matt Leinart, who completed 18 of 35 passes for 332 yards and an Orange Bowl-record five touchdowns. TURNING POINT * Mark Bradley fumbled a punt return inside the Oklahoma five. USC recovered at the six, scored to take a 14-7 lead and never looked back. KEY STAT * Heisman Trophy runner-up Adrian Peterson ran for only 82 yards in 25 carries. He averaged 153.6 yards a game during the season.
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January 5, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Almost from the start, it had all the earmarks of a rout. Missed defensive assignments, a stumble by a key player in the secondary, a receiver snaring a touchdown pass despite being sandwiched by two defenders. Tuesday's bowl championship series game did turn out to be a rout -- but not by the team that at first seemed primed to prevail. It was the USC defense that stumbled and bumbled on Oklahoma's first possession of the Orange Bowl, but not for long.
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January 5, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Chris Carlisle waited, pacing in the predawn darkness on the track at USC's Cromwell Field. It was not yet 6 a.m. on a cold February morning. Only weeks earlier, USC had won a share of its first national championship in 25 years by beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl Carlisle, USC's strength and conditioning coach, glanced anxiously at his watch. Then he raised his gaze toward the gate. Will Collins, a redshirt freshman snapper, was the first player through.
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January 4, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
The whisper twists around the ears like a cold Berkeley wind: USC can lose this game. The thought tugs at the skin like a wet Pullman chill: USC can lose this game. No longer restrained by politics or protocol, the Trojans are expected to finally make it official tonight, beating Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the national college football championship, a belated coronation for a program that has been the best for the last three seasons. Except for one thing: USC can lose this game.
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January 4, 2005 | Gary Klein and Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writers
Ryan Killeen visualizes lining up for a last-second game-winning kick every day in practice. The situation has yet to arise in three seasons, but it could tonight in the Orange Bowl if the top-ranked Trojans and No. 2 Oklahoma are as evenly matched as they appear to be. Killeen, a senior from Norco, said he would be ready for the clutch moment. "Every game has been a huge game for us, trying to keep that No.
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