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August 4, 2009

Army in Oklahoma's football future

OU football notepad

The start of the 2009 season is a little over four weeks away, but Oklahoma finalized some plans for the 2018 and 2020 season Tuesday.

OU and Army signed an agreement to begin a two-game football series. The Sooners will host the Black Knights Sept. 22, 2018, then travel to West Point, N.Y., to return the game on Sept. 26, 2020.

“Naturally, we’re thrilled to announce this agreement with Army,” OU athletic director said Joe Castiglione. “We have tremendous respect for what the Academy represents and will be privileged to share the football field with its team.

“We also recognize the large number of military personnel serving in the general vicinity of Norman and we hope that this series intrigues and excites them just as it does us. And, of course, on the return game, we will be very near New York City, which provides very good East Coast exposure for our program and university.”

The games will be the fourth and fifth between the two institutions, who have not met since 1961. OU is 2-1 in the series.

The two first played on Sept. 28, 1946, when defending national champion Army topped the Sooners 21-7 in New York.

The Black Knights made their only visit to Owen Field on Nov. 14, 1959, when OU rolled to a 28-20 victory. The last meeting came two years later when OU knocked off Army 14-8 at Yankee Stadium.

Registry set

for Meet the

Sooners Day

Last year during the team’s annual media day, most of the Oklahoma football players plus members of the athletics staff and some media went through the simple process of entering their names and health information with the National Bone Marrow Program.

OU coach Bob Stoops and his staff have decided to take the process to the fans, too. The registration area will be designated between the tennis and soccer stadiums during Friday’s Meet the Sooners Day.

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