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August 21, 2013

2005 QB debacle needs to be learned from, not repeated

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NORMAN —

It was the craziest thing. After five games, the Sooners were 2-3, but Thompson wasn’t offered another chance behind center until he was asked to rescue the program a year later when Bomar was kicked off the team for receiving pay for hours never worked at a Norman auto dealership. 

Oh, by the way, Thompson remains the only one-year Sooner quarterback to win a Big 12 championship.

Anyway, it was a clinic in how not to handle a quarterback race.

If Knight’s the guy, announce it, mean it, get it over with and move on. 

Maybe Bell, now in his fourth year on campus, bolts for one good year somewhere else. Maybe he doesn’t. Maybe it’s really better if he does.

Still, it doesn’t matter.

Handle it right this time.

And, really, whatever you do, don’t insult Bell, not to mention the memory of Paul Thompson all over again, by starting Bell, bringing Knight into the game, never really announcing what the heck is going on, yet nonetheless banishing Bell to the bench forever after.

If Knight’s the guy, run with it.

Sure, it’s a shocker, but maybe not that crazy. If Knight’s been better through spring and preseason drills, who wouldn’t want a potential four-year starter, especially one that begins amidst transition and upheaval already.

And maybe we should have known. When offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was asked to explain the case Knight was making for the position back on media day, he positively gushed. That was the first time the Sooner Nation should have began to take its quarterback race seriously.

So, here we are.

If it’s all true, we’ve been here before, the kid being chosen over the veteran. 

It’s just fine if that kind of history repeats. What’s not fine is the handling of it being another abomination.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get the season going on the right track?

Clay Horning

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cfhorning@normantranscript.com

 

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