By JOHN SHINN
NORMAN — Four OU football coaches shared some inside knowledge on the upcoming season with civic club members at the annual Coaches Luncheon Wednesday Journey Church.
Head Coach Bob Stoops was joined by Mike Stoops, Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell at the event which raises money for the Citizen Advisory Board of Cleveland County. That board spent about $115,000 on its Special Needs, Secret Santa and Independent Living program this past year.
The event comes as players began moving into housing. Practice begins on Thursday at 5:40 a.m. The early drills help players beat the heat and allows the ones in summer school to attend later classes.
“We’re excited about the year and I really think we can have another championship team,” Stoops said. “The media doesn’t expect a lot out of the team but we do.”
He joked that since no reporters were there he would announce the starting quarterback. Despite two questions about it, the coaches didn’t budge on naming a starter.
Stoops, whose contract was recently extended to 2020, fielded a question about ever leaving OU. “You never say never,” he said. “You just never know what your current situation is going to dictate.”
The Sooners radio voice, Toby Rowland and longtime Norman developer Gene McKown, raised several thousand dollars at a brief auction before the coaches spoke.
Citizens Advisory Board member Autumn McMahon said proceeds from the luncheon and other events help kids in Department of Human Services supervision in Cleveland County.
“The role of CAB is we kind of supplement all that DHS does,” she said.
The CAB’s Secret Santa program lets the children choose Christmas gifts, often the hottest gifts of the season.
“It’s one of those rare opportunities that these kids are just like everyone else,” she said.