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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.

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