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July 24, 2013

Sooners could put brakes on up-tempo offense

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Feeling the heat?: Stoops is about to begin his 15th season and he’s eight wins away from matching Barry Switzer’s school record win total of 157.

Nonetheless, there are fans grumbling because OU has won’t a national title since 2000 or played for once the 2008 season.

Stoops admitted he’s understood for years that he can’t keep everyone happy.

“I do feel appreciated by our fans, administration, and everybody. I’ve never been appreciated by everybody, even in 2000,” Stoops said. “So not everyone’s going to — that’s always going to be the case, and any time you’ve been somewhere 15 years, that’s something to consider.”

Hanging on every word: Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has a fan in Ikard. The Sooner center watched the commissioner’s press conference Monday. Ikard is behind Bowlsby in calling for changes with the NCAA.

“He brought the noise, man,” Ikard said. “He was frank and straight forward about the direction he wanted to take the conference and the direction he felt the NCAA move. It was impressive to hear him speak his mind about that. I thought it was pretty entertaining.”

No slight: The Sooners were picked to finish second in the Big 12 in the preseason poll. It marks the first time since 2007, OU won’t enter the season as the preseason favorite.

Colvin didn’t have an issue with OU’s spot.

“To be honest with you, I don’t really care about preseason,” he said. “There’s always those sleeper teams that come out of nowhere so the Big 12, no matter who’s at the top, who’s at the bottom, anybody can beat anybody so with us being No. 2, I just found that out today. So I’m not really worried about it. With us losing so many people and a new quarterback position change, it’s still respectful. But at the end of the day, it’s not where we want to be, we want to be No. 1 and that’s what we’re working toward.”

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