Author Frost’s treatment of the sensitive subject of whether Robertson was abusive reads like Hemingway — straight forward, no excuses, the quality of words that pass among men in stressful situations.
Historians may need to revise their versions of history associated with that era and explore new scholarship and original research to properly incorporate this newfound information.
Perhaps this new voice chronicling OU football should try documenting the entire Wilkinson era in this manner. Frost is already one third of the way to completing that book in elevating Robertson to Wilkinson’s status in his exhaustively documented first book celebrating that OU legacy.
Whether history will ever see Bud Wilkinson, Gomer Jones and Robertson as pulling equally on the yoke of OU’s athletic program in the 1950s is yet to be seen. For myself, I am now revising an article about Wilkinson’s genius (substitution and recruiting two equal-talent first units) that was published twice in Oklahoma magazines during 2013.
My new post-Frost-book outline for that article is Wilkinson (as the mastermind), Jones and now Robertson equal in their contributions to coaching the Wilkinson era, while Harold Keith’s stellar writing and innovations dispatching early film highlights etched those win streaks into the nation’s sports fans’ memory forever.
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