Found June 11, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
The Oklahoma football team will have a new quarterback, a different coaching staff and the same, old pressure heading into this fall. Well, maybe more than the usual amount of pressure, actually. The Sooners are without an outright Big 12 title since 2010 and haven't been to a BCS game since that same season. Meanwhile they haven't been the same on defense for a good, long while. Wondering how Oklahoma is going to respond in road games at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State? You're not alone. For the first time in at least three seasons, the Sooners won't be a preseason top-10 team, and that only adds to the pressure. Here are the top three who have the most-pressure on them this season: Bob Stoops If you've moderately paid attention to football this offseason, Stoops has been around, in, next to and making the news. Stoops has talked about everything from players getting paid (he doesn't like the idea) to the SEC's dominance (he doesn't like that, either). Seems like he's kind of edgy. Maybe that's what happens when you know you have to replace a quarterback and you're coming off a season where you lose twice at home and then get run over in a bowl game. And as if the fans weren't getting anxious enough, Stoops all but conceded there are issues on his team by making three coaching changes, upping the total to five in the past two seasons. There's always pressure on the head coach, but Stoops seems keenly aware of it this season. Blake Bell Yes, quarterback Blake Bell hasn't been officially named the starter, but, yes, Bell will certainly be the starter when the Sooners kickoff the season at home on Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe and there will certainly be a lot of eyes on the very popular Bell. He's not just coming in as the new quarterback, he's basically coming in as the anti-Landry Jones, and that's a lot to live up to. Jones was a prolific passer, but it was Bell who came in two seasons ago and ran the offense in short-yardage situations. He became a phenomenon unlike any other even getting the perfect nickname, The Belldozer. Now, two seasons removed from being a niche option, Bell will be asked to do a lot more. Instead of a drop-back passer like Jones, Bell's expertise is running, but the question isn't whether the Sooners and Bell can run, it's whether he can be good enough as a thrower. Expect the judgements to come quick on whether Bell will be good enough to lead the Sooners. Mike Stoops Aside from his brother Bob and the quarterback Blake, Mike Stoops has to wonder if this is the season the Sooners return to the defensive form that had them among the best teams in the country when Mike was the team's defensive coordinator in the early 2000s. Fans want to think just because Mike Stoops is back yelling at players on the sideline, the defense will be great. Well, it hasn't been that way. In his first season back, after a stint as Arizona's head coach, Mike Stoops promised energy and enthusiasm. He was good on those deals, just not so much on the actual stopping of the other team. In the second half of the season, the Sooners were absolutely undone by West Virginia, Oklahoma State and then Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. The result led to a shakeup on the coaching staff and a shakeup on alignment as OU has talked about moving to a 3-4 defense, away from the 4-3. Jerry Montgomery is in from Michigan and takes over coaching the defensive line. The Sooners haven't finished in the top-five in the Big 12 in rushing defense the past three seasons. Think there's pressure on Mike Stoops? Well, I think he thinks there is, hence the changes in alignment and changes on the sideline. Follow Andrew Gilman on Twitter @andrewgilmanOK

Bob Stoops Wants A National Championship And Nothing Less

In this Sporting News story on OU’s Bob Stoops they discuss how losing three of the four national championship games they have played in since Stoops began at OU in 1999 does not satisfy Coach Stoops or his critics.  They discuss why he is combative and what drove him to make staff changes this off-season. One very interesting area of discussion is how Bob’s brothers Mike...

Stoops reflects on time with former QB Fletcher

When Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops recently brought up the legend of Patrick Fletcher at an OU caravan stop in Plano, Texas, he talked about how he still hugs his former reserve quarterback every time he sees him. What Stoops doesn't mention is how Fletcher's famous play might have been the first really great play of the Stoops era that started in 1999. Stoops has...

Listen Up SEC, In Academics The Sooner Athletes Ranked Among The Nation’s Best!

While folks much smarter than me ponder the supposed Big12 conspiracy against the SEC, it is amazing the high level in which the Oklahoma athletic programs compete at, while ranking amongst the nation’s best in academics.  The pride, dedication and commitment that the University of Oklahoma’s Athletic Department puts on academics is not only admirable, but has become a strong...

The Big12′s Payout Locks In A 10-Team league For Now

Well $22 million per team for the Big12 payout is better than the SEC’s payout of $20.7 and will likely ensure the Big12 stays at 10 teams for the foreseeable future, especially since the teams kept their third-tier rights.   Not too mention that there really isn’t a must have candidate to join the Big12 at this point.  Louisville was the last strong candidate and they are...

Additional OU Football Game Times And TV Broadcasters Announced

The Big12 Conference released additional early-season University of Oklahoma football game times. Fox Sports Network will be televising the Louisiana-Monroe game on a pay-per-view basis. The pay-per-view basis has caused some grumbling amongst the Sooner faithful and OU’s AD Joe Castiglione came out in defense of the showing and said that the broadcast rights for the game are owned...

Podcast: Matt Hayes of The Sporting News on 15 years of Bob Stoops

With Bob Stoops heading into his 15th season at Oklahoma, Sporting News columnist Matt Hayes recently sat down with the Sooners' head coach to reflect on his tenure. Hayes joined Homerism for a podcast to talk about his impressions of where things stand with Stoops as he closes in on becoming OU's all-time winningest coach. Hayes and I discuss: *Stoops' offseason...

Are You Kidding? OU’s Damien Williams Goes 89 Yards For The Score!

Alright!  Alright!  I know it isn’t fair to tease the Sooner faithful with such a tremendous reminder that the season kicks off in just 91 days and an hour from now, but I couldn’t help myself.  We need our Sooner football and we need it now!  Enjoy the video!! boomer! Video by: The Big12 Conference

Baseball postseason breakdown series: day I

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners advanced to their third Super Regional in four years, but for the second time in those three trips, they were unable to secure a spot in Omaha and in light of that, Sooners Illustrated now evaluates the season with a report card.
Sooners News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.