NORMAN — Call it a case of bad timing, though Oklahoma’s game day operation had its heart in the right place.
Every game played at Owen Field is an occasion to remember, honor and celebrate something from the program’s glorious past and Saturday that something was the legacy of the Selmon brothers — Lucious, Lee Roy and Dewey — who played together in 1972-73 before, Lee Roy and Dewey finished off their time at OU with a pair of national championships in 1974-75.
Lee Roy went on to be the most celebrated player, wining the Lombardi and Outland Awards in college before putting together a Hall of Fame pro career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went on to be athletic director at South Florida.
He died two days after suffering a massive stroke on Sept. 4, 2011.
Dewey also played with Bucs and has been a longtime Norman resident. Lucious was drafted by the New England Patriots but instead played two years in the World Football League for the Memphis Southmen. He went on to be a longtime Sooner assistant under Barry Switzer and Gary Gibbs before becoming an NFL assistant.
The three brothers adorned Saturday’s game tickets and Saturday’s game program.
Unfortunately, they were honored during a stop in play with 8:54 remaining in the first quarter. The occasion for the stoppage was the 75-yard touchdown run West Virginia’s Dreamius Smith had just galloped.
Stripes a mild success: Oklahoma’s game operation Saturday included an attempt to "stripe" the stadium. Depending on the section, fans were supposed to come dressed in red or white (or crimson or cream).
Well, that attempt was clear, but the stripes were a bit messy. Suffice it to say, an Owen Field crowd doesn’t have the same discipline as an Oklahoma City Thunder crowd (of course, the Thunder provide those shirts).
Also, because the student section does not include assigned seating, there were four sections on the east side of the stadium that were almost entirely crimson.
No love for Johnny: In the middle of the second quarter, Chris Plank, from down on the field, MC’d a highlight package that was being played on the giant video board above the south end zone. During the Texas A&M-Sam Houston State highlights, Johnny Maziel was roundly booed.
Standing O: During a break in the action during the third quarter, West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey was honored. As he was introduced, it appeared clear Sooner fans had no idea why Mazey was getting his moment.
When they were reminded Mazey had led a huge relief effort following the Moore tornado, his team was in the state very early for the Big 12 tournament because it never left after wrapping the regular season at Oklahoma State, they gave him a standing ovation.