In these last few weeks before football season begins, generally speaking, any news about players or teams is bad news.
However, for OU fans this summer there have been two consecutive weeks of good news, along with one bit of news that I find unsettling while other OU fans are well pleased.
The first bit of good news came on 26 Jun, with the announcement that the OU Board of Regents had approved a three stage renovation of the football stadium. Already referred to as the “Palace on the Prairie,” the planned renovations are both attractive and fan friendly, with fan space, concessions and restrooms being increased dramatically, along with a “bowl” shape.
Here is a current image of Owen Field.
Here is the video introducing the planned renovations.
Needless to say, OU fans are very excited about the planned renovations, as are current players and recruits.
Then, five days later on 1 Jul, OU introduced new alternate uniforms for the 2014 season. ClICK HERE for a video that explains what went into the design of the NIKE uniforms.
Fan reaction to the alternate uniforms has been mixed, including me. Why mess with perfection? However after seeing the players reaction, and those of recruits, I have become much more accepting of the changes. CLICK HERE for the players reaction.
It was two weeks of great news and the next event to look forward to before summer training camp was the BIG XII Conference Media Days.
That was not to be the case. On Thursday, 3 July, it was officially announced that a young man by the name of Dorial Green-Beckham would be enrolling in OU and joining the OU football team. Fan reaction to this news was mixed and very emotional for many. DGB, as he is known, is an incredible football talent, he was rated the #1 high school recruit in the nation in 2012 and was heavily recruited by OU. DGB ultimately decided to sign with Missouri and remain in his home state. In his nineteen months at UM, he was arrested two times for marijuana possession and investigated for trespassing and assaulting a young woman. The young lady did not press charges. UM dismissed him from the university in April.
Personally, I am opposed to OU allowing this young man to become a part of the football program for fear his criminality won’t end and will have a deleterious effect on the team.
However, I have the utmost confidence in Coach Stoops and his staff and will defer to their judgment that he can become a better person with a new start.