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March 8, 2013

Baylor game now Thursday, Nov. 7

NORMAN — Oklahoma will play a non-Saturday regular-season game for the first time since 2007. The Big 12 announced Thursday that OU’s game at Baylor has been moved to Nov. 7 (a Thursday). The Sooners already had an open date the week before. The game will be televised by either ESPN or Fox.

“I’d rather do it where we have an off-week before, and we don’t get trapped where you’ve got to go do it on a short week,” OU coach Bob Stoops said Thursday. “I think surveying it and analyzing it with (OU athletics director Joe Castiglione), I think we realized this may be the best scenario with the off-week ahead of it, and a relatively short trip.”

As part of the Big 12 Conference’s television contract, every team must play a Thursday game at least once over a two-year span. Playing one in Norman, however, is unlikely.

“With our situation, with the stadium right on campus, it really isn’t conducive for us to host one,” Stoops said. “So we’re going to have to go somewhere and play one.”

The last time OU played a regular-season game that wasn’t on a Saturday was at Tulsa in the fourth game of the 2007 season. That game was on a Friday.

The last time OU played a regular-season game on a Thursday was the 1992 season opener at Texas Tech.

Kasitati, Ripkowski will miss spring practice: Stoops said offensive lineman Nila Kasitati and fullback Aaron Ripkowski will both miss spring practice due to injuries. Kasitati is still recovering from an torn ACL suffered in October. Ripkowski is dealing with a wrist injury he picked up late last season.

Stoops said offensive lineman Tyler Evans, who suffered a torn ACL in August, has been medically cleared and tight end Taylor McNamara is expected to participate in the second half of spring practice.

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