The Norman Transcript


September 9, 2009

Horning: How much worse can it get?

Think for a moment how good Oklahoma fans have had it lately.

Everybody knows the Big 12 is miles harder to win than the old Big Eight and yet the Sooners are riding a three-year stranglehold on the league.

One of those seasons they got it done with Paul Thompson behind center and the other two with Sam Bradford, who added to the Sooners' Heisman Trophy chest just last year.

Also, no injuries at the quarterback position those seasons. And, but for the biggest referee debacle since the Russians beat Hank Iba's Americans at the '72 Munich Olympics, suffered at Autzen Stadium (in Eugene, Ore., remember?), OU would have played for another national championship.

So OU keeps losing bowl games, get over it.

Because what's going on now may actually deserve your mourning.

Perhaps OU begins a season-long table run against Idaho State Saturday. Yet it likely won't because turmoil isn't too strong a word to describe what Sooner football's descended into since the first series of last Saturday's 14-13 loss to BYU. Or, really, since OU's offensive line trotted onto the Cowboys Stadium field for the very first time.

Bradford has separated his throwing shoulder and is believed out 2 to 4 weeks.

He's even spoken to Eli Manning about it, who suffered the same injury the Giants' Super Bowl season, who told Bradford he was back throwing in 10 days and playing in a couple weeks. But that's Manning. We'll see about Bradford.

The way Murphy's Law's been working on OU, the Sooner Nation might jump at the chance to simply take Bradford's availability for Texas, Oct. 17 as a given.

Then there's the case of the most prolific tight end in the history of the program, Jermaine Gresham, who found out Tuesday his right knee would be just fine and, oh, by the way, his season is over. That he could elect to come back next year, having taken a redshirt, is a potential silver lining, but it can hardly be counted upon and a lot of good it does the Sooners right now.

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