After hearing a recent podcast interview featuring Caleb Williams, I have no doubt that CW will be back next year. This guy’s a class act who wants to see every task through to the end. This time last year, he was preparing to move to Norman and take over the reins at quarterback while enrolling in eleven courses, six in high school and five at OU.
His high school in the D.C. area does not allow students to graduate early regardless of credits earned so he was required to take a full load at Gonzaga H.S. In order to go through spring drills, he also enrolled in five courses at OU as well. CW could have transferred to a cross town high school that allowed students to graduate early. This would have reduced his workload in half, but that’s not the Caleb Williams’ way. It probably never occurred to him to take the easy way out.
Another reason for my faith in Caleb staying at OU is the fact that he recruited a bunch of players from across America to move to Norman with him. I just don’t see him turning his back on those players. This guy is a man of his word, and his teammates love his leadership skills and the way he is wired.
I also love how he handled the Spencer Rattler saga last year. He could have moaned and groaned about playing second fiddle to Rattler even though he knew he had superior skills, but he refused to do that. He simply worked his butt off and waited his turn. And of course, we all know how that turned out.
Only Oklahoma could recover from a nuclear attack like the one Lincoln Riley leveled on Norman this past year, but none of this seems to have fazed Caleb Williams. Lincoln will surround himself with enough L.A. talent to win a bunch of games at USC in the upcoming years, but he will miss the point. He will never possess the character and intestinal fortitude of Caleb Williams.
The sky will be the limit for the Sooners with Caleb Williams in charge of things on a full time basis next year. Of course, a big win in the Alamo Bowl with Caleb Williams at quarterback will serve to set all of this in motion.
How did we arrive at this lowly state…we started out the 2021 season with serious hopes for a National Championship year and then we got soap poisoning. The summer football magazines misled us into believing that we would beat Iowa State for the Big 12 Championship and play in the CFP. After all we had the shoe-in for the Heisman at quarterback with next year’s Heisman winner backing him up.
We teetered on the danger zone meter for most of the year only to get a respite against Texas in the Cotton Bowl. We kept thinking that things were going to turn around as we were told that we were getting close, but of course that never happened. Then we end up losing two of the last three games including Bedlam and lose our head coach that same weekend. Unreal…
Again, as Bud said, things are never as bad as they appear to be at the time…and this is going to be one of those times. In the end, Sooners fans will rejoice at the new hire/s at OU. We needed a real head coach, and we needed an offensive coordinator/play caller, and we needed a defensive coordinator. I suspect that all of these issues will be addressed over the next 24 hours with the Brent Venables hire and the filling of his staff.
We also need a shot of adrenalin as we prepare our team for the 2022 season. The Alamo Bowl will provide us with just that. Oregon will be a respectable program that will be without its head coach. We, on the other hand will be coached by a Hall of Famer, Bob Stoops. I can’t wait for Bob Stoops to be drenched in Gatorade after the Alamo Bowl win…
I also suspect that this new staff will replenish the recruiting holes created by Lincoln’s leaving with transfer portal studs anxious to join the Sooners and the SEC. Brent Venables will swing for the fences…this is not his first rodeo…we done good with this hire…
Oh, and one more thing about turning around the season from hell…only a bunch of Aggies could blow a chance at the CFP by squandering a first and goal from the two-yard line with four shots to score. That last play was priceless…I could watch it again and again and again. Seriously, you can’t make that stuff up….
As we know college football is changing as we speak. Politicians have changed the game with the new and emboldened transfer portal and the money grabbing NIL. These moves with more to come are the price college fans will have to pay for staying with the college game.
Just like we will see players come and go, we will also see head coaches doing the same. Of course for older OU fans, this is nothing new. Back in the day Chuck Fairbanks who had restored our football program to respectability in the late 60’s and early 70’s left us for the New England Patriots. Ironically, he was about the same age as Lincoln Riley at the time.
I had similar feelings of betrayal back then that I had when Lincoln made his announcement. I had a hard time letting those feelings go. At the same time, even as good as Fairbanks was, a better coach was waiting in the wings to take his place. Barry Switzer was hired to take Chuck Fairbanks place and we all know how that turned out…three National Championships.
I know we are all upset at Lincoln for leaving the way he did, but it’s time to move on. USC wanted him in the worst way, and they were going to work until they made that happen. My issue of course is with the recruiting side of this thing; as we know we were all set for the move to the SEC with the top ranked recruiting Class of 2023. That class will be hit hard by this move, but the right hire can minimize the long-term impact on recruiting by hitting the ground running. The new coach will still have a great product to sell recruits. The transfer portal can also help as well.
Here’s another thought about hiring a new head coach…everyone has said that Lincoln needed to hire an offensive coordinator to call plays. The new guy can do just that. We can also hire a new guy that create new energy for the program as we move to the SEC.
Remember what Bud Wilkinson use to say, “things are never as bad as they appear at the time”.