The Norman Transcript

Sports

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 5.49.44 AM.png Julian Wilson, Geneo Grissom take on more suitable roles for 2015 season

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches....

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodard joins successful soccer team in Stillwater

    Haley Woodard has been one of the preeminent multi-sport stars in the state for several years. The Norman North senior is a state champion in track and soccer and has been an integral part of a basketball team that’s been to back-to-back ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Smoke turns corner at Indy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Drivers always say there’s something magical about Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the opportunity for NASCAR to race there opened the door for one of Jeff Gordon’s most treasured victories. It was a race Tony Stewart ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Roma tops Liverpool

    BOSTON — Marco Borriello scored in the 90th minute to give Roma a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a preseason friendly Wednesday night at Fenway Park. There were limited chances until Borriello volleyed in a corner from in front of goal....

    July 24, 2014

  • Marcus Mariota helps Oregon’s PAC-12 title chance in preseason polls

    LOS ANGELES — Although Marcus Mariota knew he would be under a spotlight when he stepped onto the famed Paramount Studios lot Wednesday, the Oregon quarterback is getting quite comfortable in his starring role....

    July 24, 2014

  • Majka wins 16th stage, Nibali leads

    PLA D’ADET, France — On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna....

    July 24, 2014

  • Aggie’s QB Chuckie Keeton talk dominates Mountain West media day

    LAS VEGAS — Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton got his junior season off to a superb start, only to have it derailed by a knee injury in Game 6....

    July 24, 2014

  • Heavily favored U.S. group faces off against world’s best female golfers

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The inaugural International Crown is unique for what it isn’t. Thirty-two elite players from eight countries will compete at Caves Valley Golf Club to determine which nation has the best women’s players in the world. ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Weir, DeLaet attempt to end 60-year Open drought

    MONTREAL — Mike Weir was well aware that it has been 60 years since a Canadian won the Canadian Open....

    July 24, 2014

  • NCAA infractions chair responds to ‘cheating pays’

    The chairman of the NCAA’s infractions committee says a number of factors could be the cause for the lack of activity by the group that prompted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to call the enforcement program “broken.”

    July 23, 2014

Facebook