The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Sports

August 21, 2013

2005 QB debacle needs to be learned from, not repeated

NORMAN — Late Tuesday afternoon, at least, was predictable. Of course Bob Stoops shot the story down.

Monday night, KFOR became the first media outlet to report Trevor Knight had won the Sooner quarterback race. Tuesday afternoon, KWTV followed suit. Also, Tuesday afternoon, Stoops denied any such decision has been made.

But you want to know what’s not predictable — you know, other than the idea itself of a redshirt freshman supplanting a fourth-year junior everybody thought would be the next Sooner quarterback?

What’s not predictable, if it’s true, is what happens next.

Will an announcement be forthcoming? If an announcement is forthcoming, will it even be in line with the actual decision?

It’s not crazy to think otherwise. Indeed, the last time a QB race was so tight it was a train wreck wrapped inside a fiasco.

That was 2005, when it was redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar and fourth-year junior Paul Thompson plotting for the position.

Thompson got the start against TCU, a contest that remains one of two season-opening losses of the Stoops era. Thompson even got to bask in the glow of the announcement he would be OU’s next starting quarterback. Only he never won the job. Bomar did.

Reread that paragraph if it sounds wrong, but it’s exactly what happened the year after Jason White’s visa finally ran out after six years on campus and two fantastic seasons that continue to support the best case for finest Sooner quarterback.

The Horned Frogs beat the Sooners 17-10 in that season opener and OU played both its quarterbacks, with neither gaining an upper hand. Thompson directed the only touchdown drive but committed two turnovers. In 11 snaps, Bomar managed to commit one turnover.

Only, forever after, Bomar was the guy. Even after he was far worse than Thompson ever was against TCU 14 days later against UCLA inside the Rose Bowl.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • _Y_R3186 Sooners succumb to Longhorns in run-rule shutout

    Oklahoma had its chances. The Sooners put eight runners on base Friday night against Texas, several times with no outs. And stranded every one of them....

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • OU draws even in rout of West Virginia

    As Oklahoma’s players jogged back to the dugout following the top of the first inning against West Virginia, no one appeared overly excited. It was the classic case of masking the emotions....

    April 19, 2014

  • North’s Barrett on track for great stuff

    It was after the guy working the PA at John Jacobs Field Friday afternoon understood The Norman Transcript was in the house when he began singing the praises of Norman North’s Ben Barrett....

    April 19, 2014

  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder set to take on unlikely rival in Memphis

    It’s become an unlikely rivalry. There is no reason for Oklahoma City and Memphis to have an ongoing feud, except that they do and the numbers seem to bear it out....

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sooners advance to Super Six

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Oklahoma, Georgia and LSU advanced to the Super Six of the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships....

    April 19, 2014

  • Woodard powers through

    For most of Friday afternoon, Norman North’s Haley Woodard, the day after notching a goal and an assist against Edmond Santa Fe, was lying down and feeling  sick under the North track and field team’s canopy at John Jacobs Field....

    April 19, 2014

  • Can the Heat flip the switch?

    MIAMI — LeBron James was walking down the hallway that the Miami Heat call “Championship Alley” a few minutes after last season’s NBA Finals, when he decided the time was right to send a message. It wasn’t for his fans....

    April 19, 2014

  • No April, May or June Madness in NBA

    AP National Writer ATLANTA — If the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks were in any other sport, they might have a glimmer of hope for winning a championship. The NBA? No way....

    April 19, 2014

  • Warriors and Clippers take mutual dislike into playoff series

    LOS ANGELES — As much as the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors don’t like each other, they’re a lot alike in some ways....

    April 19, 2014

  • OU V Texas Casey sparks Sooners at the plate against Longhorns

    Oklahoma put runners in scoring position all night, but midway through Thursday’s series opener against Texas, the Sooners couldn’t do much with them. Heading into the bottom of the fifth, they had stranded a handful of runners, including ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Facebook