The Boren legacy…

 

An increase in student enrollment on the Norman campus of 11,000 since 2000.

From an endowment fund of $384 million in 2000 to $1.6 billion today.   This ranks OU as #69 among all universities and #16 among public universities according to U.S. News and World Report.

 From $26 million in gifts in 1998 to $199 million this year. From 18,000 donors to 108 million donors last year. 

OU is now ranked in the top 100 by US News and World Report  for the first time ever…this is a big deal.

OU is ranked #1 in the country among all universities for National Merit Scholars… NationalMerit.org

OU is ranked #3 by the Princeton Review as the campus with happiest students.

OU is ranked #11 for quality of life. Princeton Review

OU’s Bizzell Memorial Library has been named among the 18 most stunning university libraries around the world, according to Architectural Digest.

OU is the only Big 12 University to be selected as having one of America’s 25 most beautiful campuses.

US News and World ReportOU has an average ACT score for all OU students of 26.8.  Compare this to the State rate of 21.5.

The last two years OU has added Harry Potter style Residential Colleges patterned after those at Yale, Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge in England.   I have toured these buildings and they are very impressive.

OU has a freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of over 92 percent.  Ranked as one of the best in America.

OU has produced 29 Rhodes Scholars…10 times as many as all other Oklahoma universities combined.

In athletics, OU has earned 18 National championships during the Boren era.   The other 12 OU Presidents won 19 national championships combined during their collective years.

Boren transitioned the move from Bob Stoops to Lincoln Riley thereby laying the ground work for an 8th National Championship.

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

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New Guy…

New guys should be seen and not heard…I learned this lesson years ago as a school administrator. There’s always time later to become a legend in your own right.  Apparently, new OU President Mr. Gallogly missed the memo.  Pointing out the flaws of your predecessor in a public forum is not a good move, particularly one of David Boren’s reputation.   Don’t get me wrong OU has to pay its bills like everyone else but suggesting that OU was in dire financial straits was over the top.

It looks like the new guy may not be from around these parts…if he’d spent any time in Oklahoma, he would know that Oklahoma public colleges are funded by the Oklahoma State Legislature. Our legislature is made up of some of the dumbest humans on Planet Earth.  You have to fail an IQ test to get into the place.  Making matters worse is the fact that a vast majority of these nimrods are Aggies who hate spending money on public education.

Oklahoma legislators believe that OU should take a page from the OSU playbook and find their own sugar daddy. Instead OU under Boren has taken a different path for school funding.  Boren has used university bonds to support the OU cause.  This is the same method used by the big boys back east to create great universities according to World Finance.

Granted, OU must pay the interest on these bonds, but this has not been a problem over the past twenty years. Additionally, with each new structure that includes athletic facilities that this bond money creates, it is matched by private donors.  It appears to be working as OU donors contributed $2 Billion dollars for OU projects over the past two years.

Finally, I do want to cut the new guy some slack…after all I am hopeful he will address the sucky Big 12 t.v. contract…I am also hopeful that the new guy will stop obsessing over little brother and allow OU to make its own way.  I also appreciate the fact that the new guy must feel a bit overwhelmed competing with the Boren Legacy.  This must be akin to what Gomer Jones found after taking over for Bud Wilkinson.  Then again, this is why the new guy will be making big bucks.

Let’s hope the new guy has the moves of a Joe Washington. We need the new guy to do well…

Boomer Sooner…

New Guy…

New guys should be seen and not heard…I learned this lesson years ago as a school administrator. There’s always time later to become a legend in your own right.  Apparently, new OU President Mr. Gallogly missed the memo.  Pointing out the flaws of your predecessor in a public forum is not a good move, particularly one of David Boren’s reputation.   Don’t get me wrong OU has to pay its bills like everyone else, but suggesting that OU was in dire financial straits was over the top.

It looks like the new guy may not be from around these parts…if he’d spent any time in Oklahoma, he would know that Oklahoma public colleges are funded by the Oklahoma State Legislature. Our legislature is made up of some of the dumbest humans on Planet Earth.  You have to fail an IQ test to get into the place.  Making matters worse is the fact that a vast majority of these nimrods are Aggies who hate spending money on public education.

Oklahoma legislators believe that OU should take a page from the OSU playbook and find their own sugar daddy. Instead OU under Boren has taken a different path for school funding.  Boren has used university bonds to support the OU cause.  This is the same method used by the big boys back east to create great universities according to World Finance.

Granted, OU must pay the interest on these bonds, but this has not been a problem over the past twenty years. Additionally, with each new structure that includes athletic facilities that this bond money creates, it is matched by private donors.  It appears to be working as OU donors contributed $2 Billion dollars for OU projects over the past two years.

Finally, I do want to cut the new guy some slack…after all I am hopeful he will address the sucky Big 12 t.v. contract…I am also hopeful that the new guy will stop obsessing over little brother and allow OU to make its own way.  I also appreciate the fact that the new guy must feel a bit overwhelmed competing with the Boren Legacy.  This must be akin to what Gomer Jones found after taking over for Bud Wilkinson.  Then again, this is why the new guy will be making big bucks.

Let’s hope the new guy has the moves of a Joe Washington. We need the new guy to do well…

Boomer Sooner…

Sooner Magic…

The Commerce Department should have taken Kyler Murray’s negotiating team to the G-7 Summit meeting last week. First, his team negotiates a $4.7 million dollar paycheck…then a deal is struck that will allow Murray to forgo his professional baseball career until after this year’s football season.  Kyler Murray used OU football as a bargaining chip in a manner rarely seen.  Murray moved up some 31 rungs on the draft board in less than a week.  OU fans are coming out of this deal smelling like a rose.

Keep in mind that none of this would have happened if the Oakland A’s did not see Murray as the 2nd coming of Rickey Henderson.  It would also not have happened with out OU football being king.  Kyler Murray believes in his heart that he can be the reincarnation of Rickey Henderson, he also believes that he can lead football to the promised land in 2018.

This fall, OU fans will be treated to Kyler Murray directing the next Sooner football juggernaut and then in the spring, OU fans can watch Kyler Murray impersonate Rickey Henderson. I remember watching Ricky Henderson play for the A’s back in his prime and that guy was some kind of special.  The Oakland A’s have been doing this for a while so I expect they know what they are talking about in comparing these two players.

One last comment on this subject…how is it possible that Texas A&M could let this guy get away…there must be something in the water at an Aggie school.  A&M can change coaches until the cows come home, but those guys will still be Aggies.

As for my fellow Sooner fans…there must be something in the water in Norman these days as well. It’s called good Karma…keep those positive thougths going OU fans.  Life is good.

Boomer Sooner…

Respect the game…and the girls who play it.

Without a doubt the WCWS is the best thing to hit OKC since the land run and the best thing to happen to women’s sports in forever. If you can’t get excited about Patti Gasso’s teams you need to check your pulse.

At the same time, OKC and the NCAA need to step up their game. First, OKC must expand the stadium.  A stadium that seats a mere 8,000 fans with less than a half of those seats being quality seating is a joke.  I know that expansion is supposedly on the horizon but let’s get off the snide and get ‘er done.

Next, the NCAA needs to step it up by treating this game with the same respect of the men’s game. Baseball regionals, super-regionals and the world series are played with four umpires, one for each base.  Yes, the dimensions in softball are shorter, but we need to have enough umpires to cover the entire field of play.

That mess in game one of the series was a perfect example of this fact. On that play the home plate umpire makes the call for a play in right field.  Possibly, she has bionic eyes, but that was insane.   Moe and Curly, the other members of the three-member crew run in from Yukon hoping to get a look.  That’s right…everyone was out of position to make a call that decided the game. Heck, I had a better view of the play than those guys from my right field bleacher seat.  Trust me I could have made that call and gotten it right, at least for OU fans.

It was a tough call for sure and could have gone either way, but I want someone in the same area code as the play to make it. Give Patti’s girls credit, they fought back on Saturday, but in a good year winning four games in two days is next to impossible…to manage that feat in this sweltering Oklahoma heat was not going to happen.

Finally, here are my solutions to this week’s issues…

First let’s tack on an upper deck for Hall of Fame Stadium to the next Maps Project. We’ve done it for everything else, why not softball. OKC…you do not want to lose the WCWS.

Next, let’s pass the hat before every WCWS game to pay for an extra umpire so the entire field of play can be covered. They do this in the men’s game so why not the women’s game.  These girls worked hard to get here…we need to respect them for their efforts.

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

 

 

 

Back to the future…

It is times like this when all OU fans believe that OU will go undefeated this year…all the more reason for us to be reminded of that day last October, a date that will live in infamy for Sooner fans.

No one and I mean no one saw that Iowa State loss coming. I was so confident that I bet Mimi Tamage my house that OU would not lose to Iowa State on that day. Of course being the quick-witted guy that I am, I changed my story after the game to “I meant that I would bet your house”. Of course Mimi did not fall for that noise and let me off the hook anyway. Otherwise I would be living in a van down by the river these days.

With this as our backdrop, and given the fact that the NCAA has worked over time to level the playing field these days, assuming anything in today’s college football world is a mistake. Regardless, I will take a shot at gambling on the Sooner football future anyway.

First, I do believe that this year will be tougher than some may think.  We play Lane Kiffin’s FAU team in the opener and as we know any team with Florida players can be plenty good.  We also play what could be a much improved West Virginia team at season’s end.   With recruiting on the upswing, keeping last year’s momentum going in 2018 will be huge for the Sooners moving forward.

I really do believe that OU under Lincoln Riley will get us back in the mix for a National Championship sooner rather than later. I also want to give Bob Stoops some credit here as he made the coaching transition as about as flawless as one can get.   The 2017 season ended with the Sooners finishing behind only the SEC behemoths Alabama and Georgia.

Lincoln’s first recruiting class was a step above previous years with several difference-makers in this group.     I know we love to hate the SEC, but they really do play a different brand of football down there and this difference will only be made up over time with an upgrade in recruiting. This blog will help point out that Lincoln is doing his part to make this happen.

Okay, let’s roll the tape…

First, we have the Rivals Big 12 rankings based on a combination of team success and recruiting for the last five years. The numbers to the right are national rankings.

Remember, as you look at these lists that unlike the SEC, only one Big 12 team will make the playoffs on a given year. These numbers reinforce this fact.

  1. OU  13
  2. Texas  13.2
  3. Baylor 29.6
  4. TCU 32.8
  5. OSU 36.4
  6. West Va. 40.8
  7. Texas Tech 49.0
  8. Iowa State 56.4
  9. Kansas St. 61.0
  10. Kansas 68.8

Next we have the latest Rivals 2019 Big 12 and national recruiting rankings…

  1. OU #1 nationally…(11 commitments and two five star players so far)
  2. Texas #14…
  3. TCU #20…
  4. Iowa State #32…
  5. Baylor #34…
  6. OSU #43…
  7. West Virginia #46…
  8. Texas Tech #56…
  9. Kansas State #66…
  10. Kansas #66…

Finally, the 247sports 2020 Big 12 and national recruiting rankings…

  1. OU #2 nationally…
  2. TCU #16…
  3. Texas #20…
  4. Baylor #29…
  5. Iowa State #32…
  6. OSU #35…
  7. West Virginia #45…
  8. Texas Tech #62…
  9. Kansas State #66
  10. 10…Kansas #72…

As we know the first key to making the playoffs will be dominating the Big 12. As we also know that the Big 12 is similar to the Pac 12 in that we have no wiggle room. I know that Texas sucks, but Texas getting better will allow help the conference’s image and OU’s playoff possibilities.   Staying one step ahead of the Horns will be the key for Sooner football.

Lincoln has us on track to get back our National Championship strut over the next few years…how sweet it is…

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

Streaks…

Famous college slogans…

Oklahoma “Boomer Sooner”

Auburn “War Eagle”

Alabama “Roll Tide”

Texas “Texas Fight”

USC “Fight on”

Oklahoma State “Next year is our year”

Possibly given the Sooner women’s recent dominance of the Cowgirls in softball, we should change this slogan for OSU to read, “next decade is our decade”. With this year’s sweep, the Cowgirls have not beaten the Sooners in softball since 2011. The current OU win streak is at 20 games. One more year and the Sooners win streak over the Cowgirls will last into the 2020’s.

One may ask…how does this streak compare to football? While the Sooners have dominated the football series 88-17-8, the longest winning streak was 19 games from 1946 to 1964.   While that streak spanned more than one decade and will forever be the moniker for in-state rivalries, sweeping a team in three-game sets every year may be a taller order.

As you know even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every once in a while, so just like the Aggie football team, the Cowgirls will eventually snap the softball streak. At the same time given the fact that the Sooners return a solid nucleus of junior starters next year and the Cowgirls will graduate their best team in years, this streak may be safe for at least one more year.

As OU fans we love winning streaks so stay tuned…

Boomer Sooner…