Indeed, the 2013 Sooners are ripe with question marks, yet the program still shines, in part because of so many fine seasons the last 15 years, but also because, alongside Castiglione and university president David Boren, OU runs a tight ship.
Bomar was the nation’s hottest quarterback coming out of Grand Prairie (Texas) High School in 2004. After playing awfully through the first half of his redshirt freshman season, he caught fire by the end.
OU lost four games in 2005 and it remains one of Stoops’ most trying campaigns. Yet, by the time it all came together with a second-half San Diego comeback to top Oregon, the Sooner Nation couldn’t wait for next year.
Set the two Augusts against one another, ’06 in Norman and ’13 in College Station, and they stand in stark relief.
In one, you have a proud program unwilling to slide back toward scandal. In another, you’ve got a Johnny-come-lately band of Aggies, finally delivering the victories that had always eluded them to a desperate fan base, seemingly trying to somehow, some way to keep their whirling dervish of a quarterback from being sacked by the powers that be.
It’s quite the contrast. And, just maybe, a lesson about unintended consequences.
A&M left the Big 12, an insane move on its face, only to flourish so fancily under the direction of Johnny Football’s fabulousness.
The moment he beat Alabama, setting him up to become the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, he became too big for himself, his program and maybe his sport. Beating Kansas State wouldn’t have propelled him nearly so high.
Say goodbye to Johnny Football. Even if he survives, the moniker no longer fits for the knucklehead quarterback.
Also, say hello to the Sooners.
They may struggle this season. Or maybe not. Whatever, the headlines will be generated on the field.
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