Top Stories from Thursday:
Thirty weeks: The amount of time between the last piece of confetti falling at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after Oklahoma’s dominant 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and today’s first practice of the 2014 season. Football season is finally here. The Sooners got the season underway before the crack of dawn, with taping and a continental breakfast in the locker room at 4:45 a.m. on Thursday. The team took part in a 5:45 a.m. walk-through and then began the first official practice of camp at 6 a.m. Practices are scheduled early in the morning to beat the habitual Oklahoma summer heat even though the team practiced inside the Everest Indoor Training Facility for its opening practice due to wet field conditions. Sooner Sports
7. Trevor Knight, Oklahoma: Oklahoma will be a favorite to win the Big 12 and also contend for the national championship in 2014 based on the potential of a talented returning group. Knight, who started five games last year, can be the difference maker, evidenced by his 348-yard performance in leading the Sooners past Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The tools are there for Knight — he’s an explosive runner — but he’ll need more than just a few breakout performances to catapult Oklahoma to good positioning in the playoff. USA Today
Sooners fans can now choose mobile delivery of their tickets for University of Oklahoma Athletics events. This new option for 2014 allows fans to present their mobile tickets on their smartphones at the entrance of OU Athletics facilities. This new initiative is free and is intended to make the ticketing process easier, allowing fans to access venues more quickly. By choosing the mobile ticking option, fans will no longer have to worry about leaving their tickets at home, losing their tickets or needing to print hard copies of tickets purchased online. It is also eco-friendly, reducing paper, printing and mailing costs. Sooner Sports
The views on the Joe Mixon case keep coming. All sides. Mixon is being treated with kid gloves because he’s a football player. Mixon is being railroaded because he’s a football player. The media is protecting Mixon. The media is roasting Mixon. But every few hours, something really interesting and/or really insightful comes along. I received a great email on Wednesday morning and got permission to use it. It’s from a man named John Shaw. The Oklahoman
They gather near the Seed Sower. The statue is a familiar landmark on the University of Oklahoma campus, a long toss from the football stadium. In recent years, it has become a traditional place to highlight important athletic accomplishments — when the Sooners are headed, say, to the Orange Bowl, the Sower’s bag invariably gets filled with oranges. It’s perhaps a sign of the changing times in college football that Trevor Knight did not know this. He says the choice of location for the weekly prayer meeting — attended by a few dozen athletes, but open to anyone and everyone else — was not intentional, at least not in terms of symbolism. But now that you mention it, he sees some. USA Today
Tweets of Interest:
A classic TBT .GIF of the Blake Show.
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) August 1, 2014
Go OU Pom.
Talk about two worlds colliding.
There is an anime convention this weekend at the hotel we are staying at for training camp. Going to be incredible people watching!
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) August 1, 2014
Blake seems a little too cheery for first day of camp. Must be a veteran thing.
Always the correct response.
When somebody harasses me about my #Sooners, I always come back with…. “7″
— oukingpen (@oukingpen) August 1, 2014
Hey Kevin, why don’t you go run the ball up the middle.
That’s cute, Huskers. Keep trying.
— OU Sports Extra (@OUSportsExtra) July 31, 2014
— Jordan Esco (@Jordan_Esco) July 31, 2014
— WILSUNDERLAND (@kp_projectt) August 1, 2014