The Norman Transcript

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February 7, 2014

Once again, everything going Sooners’ way

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NORMAN —

OU closed.

A couple of things about that.

One, when Stoops and his assistants have all of their mojo, it may not matter that OU didn’t land a top-five class. Because, under Stoops, though you have to go back a bit, the Sooners have a real tradition of finding guys who only set the world on fire after arriving in Norman. Three quarterbacks come to mind, though it’s hardly limited to one position. Also, given what OU’s potential signing day class looked like the first day of the new year, the fact the Sooners over-performed is meaningful, too.

At the very least strong momentum is sustained. At most, a self-fulfilling prophecy of everything coming up roses is now in place simply because everybody inside the program believes that it will.

Finally, even a simple and seemingly small thing like Blake Bell agreeing to move to tight end is further proof of so many things headed the right direction.

Not 10 weeks ago, OU appeared to have a glut of quarterbacks that nobody was very excited about with still more on the way.

Since, Trevor Knight has stepped forward — as did Bell, frankly, at Bedlam — Kendal Thompson has transferred and Bell, in an unselfish move, has embraced the possibility of giving the Sooners a real threat at a position that’s all but died on the roster.

There’s no quarterback controversy, and if Cody Thomas is called upon to relieve a nicked up Knight next season and fails to perform, Bell will still be available to save the day the way he did in Stillwater.

And, something else that’s worth remembering, when all the little dramas and subplots come to good ends, so much more room is created for the big dramas and primary plots to work out, too.

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