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November 6, 2011

Legacy of winning a hit DVD shines light on Wilkinson era and Prentice Gautt

NORMAN — Bob Barry Sr. has seen a lot. From the time he began his career as a sportscaster in 1956 to calling Oklahoma game in 1961 until his death last week, the longtime voice of the Sooners knew the in and outs of the program.

So when Barry attended the screening of The History of Oklahoma Football: Part II-Legacy of Winning, he was flooded with memories.

“I think it’s a fantastic education for some who were too young to remember the Bud Wilkinson days and all those great players at that time,” Barry said after the screening last month. “He set the standard sort of and the others coaches following him have picked up the mantle so to speak. I just think it was great.”

Legacy of Winning, the second in a four-part series, chronicles the career of coach Wilkinson through interviews with former players, coaches and those close to the program such as Barry.

Wilkinson’s career spanned 16 years (1947 to 1963) and included three national titles and a 47-game game win streak. But even those achievements were just a small taste of what producer and director Brandon Meirer want to get across to the fans.

“Main reason behind it was to really just to tell the history of Oklahoma football,” Meirer said. “Tell the stories of the great teams of that era. The great coaches, the great players. Our goal from the beginning was to tell a real thorough history, uncover things people hadn’t seen or heard before. A lot of books had been written about Oklahoma football. We kind of wanted to put the visual to all that.”

While much of the film details the rise of the football program from also ran into a juggernaut, it also dealt with the issues of the day. Mainly the integration of the football team by Prentice Gautt in 1956.

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