December 28, 2004 |
The Oklahoma Sooners arrived Monday afternoon, stepping off the plane to music, dancers, an orange carpet and Orange Bowl executives bearing gifts. Lest they forget the reason for their visit, Coach Bob Stoops had his players in pads and helmets at a nearby college a few hours later. "We're here to enjoy Miami and everything the bowl has to offer The evening practice, held amid cool temperatures and blustery skies, lasted only an hour or so, ending with conditioning drills.
December 27, 2004 |
USC's Orange Bowl game against Oklahoma marks the end of at least one era for the Trojans. Senior nose tackle Mike Patterson will play his last college game for USC before heading to the NFL. Fiery defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who recruited Patterson and molded him, sometimes mercilessly, into an All-American, is leaving immediately after the Jan. 4 bowl championship series title game to become head coach at Mississippi.
December 26, 2004 |
Congratulations to the Orange Bowl for giving berths to twins. No. 1 USC versus No. 2 Oklahoma for the national title Jan. 4 appears to be as evenly matched as Tiki versus Ronde Barber. First-year Arizona Coach Mike Stoops, who coached at Oklahoma for five years and coached against USC on Nov. 13, probably knows as much as anyone about both programs -- and even he can't tell them apart. "This game is as good a matchup you can find with teams that mirror each other in a lot of ways," Stoops said.
December 19, 2004 |
Just beyond the stately brick buildings and the graceful elm trees at the University of Oklahoma, the boys were draining a bottle of liquor called "Hot Damn" -- and more. At the Sigma Chi fraternity house, the night wasn't much different than many others, until Blake Hammontree died. Hammontree, 19, was found the morning of Sept. 30 with a blood-alcohol level of 0.42, suggesting, investigators said, that he had consumed more than 15 shots within two hours.
December 8, 2004 |
The telephone rings, and a recorded voice at the other end of the line says this call is coming from a federal prison. Do you wish to accept? Adrian Peterson, perhaps the best running back in college football, a 19-year-old prodigy at Oklahoma, knows it is his father calling. "We talk once a week," he says. They usually discuss last Saturday's game. Peterson asks for advice, and his dad, Nelson, is blunt.
December 2, 2004 |
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.
November 23, 2004 |
Near the center of the University of Oklahoma campus stands a bronze statue of a Sooner, a farmer with a bag of seed slung over his shoulder. Someone climbed up there recently and filled the bag with oranges. Suffice to say the mood has turned considerably brighter here, because the bowl championship series standings released Monday put the Sooners in good position to reach the title game in the Orange Bowl. After strengthening their grip on No.
October 10, 2004 |
For Texas Coach Mack Brown, all the carnival rides at the annual Texas State Fair are a "House of Horrors." Just when you thought there were no more painful ways for Brown to lose to Oklahoma, he found one. Saturday, No. 2 Oklahoma beat No. 5 Texas, 12-0, in front of a crowd of 79,587 at the Cotton Bowl. It was Oklahoma's fifth consecutive victory in the series and marked the first time Texas has been shut out in 281 games dating to November 1980.
January 5, 2004 |
Louisiana State claimed it staked a claim to history, not controversy, after scoring a hard-fought 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Sunday night. The victory, in front of a record crowd of 79,342 at the Superdome, earned the Tigers a controversial share of their first national title since 1958 and finally put an end to the most controversial college football season in recent memory. The games have ended, but the debate will not.
January 5, 2004 |
Bringing an end to the college football season but not to the controversy that engulfed it, Louisiana State defeated Oklahoma, 21-14, on Sunday night to win the Sugar Bowl and the Bowl Championship Series national title. LSU will share title honors with Rose Bowl winner USC, which was named Associated Press national champion later Sunday night. The BCS was created in 1998 specifically to head off a shared championship, and had done so each season until this one.