OU-OSU game moved to Thanksgiving Saturday

The game had been on the schedule for November 5, but was moved to November 26 by the Big XII Conference for national television. Kickoff time will be either 2:30 PM or 7:00 PM at Owen Field. AD Joe Castiglione says the University prefers to keep the Thanksgiving weekend football-free, but:

At the same time we have to embrace our responsibility as a conference member, and the television exposure benefits our program in a myriad of ways not the least of which is allowing countless fans across the country to follow the Sooners.

We also know from conversations with the conference office that there will likely be more Thanksgiving weekend games in the future. We believe a process will be established so that the responsibility is shared among other member institutions.

What future games might those be? According to today’s Oklahoman:

Under provisions in the Big 12 television contracts, OU must play on Thanksgiving weekend at least twice in a four-year span, with at least one of those games being against OSU.

Those provisions are for TV agreements spanning 2004-2007 with ABC and 2008-2011 with Fox Sports Network.

With this year’s Bedlam game now rescheduled, the Sooners still must play on Thanksgiving weekend in either 2006 or 2007.

Moving this year’s Bedlam game does not automatically mean next year’s game in Stillwater will be rescheduled for Thanksgiving weekend.

OU and OSU are scheduled to meet Sept. 30 next season in what would be the conference opener for both schools.

If next season’s Bedlam game is moved to Thanksgiving weekend, the Sooners would then have to play four of their last five games on the road – something Castiglione and Stoops undoubtedly would refuse to do.

OU now has an open date on November 5, between the Nebraska game at Lincoln and the Texas A&M game in Norman. The full schedule may be found here. Homecoming 2005 is October 22 against Baylor, with kickoff time still TBA. Watch the Homecoming 2005 News page for all the details as they become available.

Another early kickoff!

This means that both of the first two home games and OU-Texas will kickoff before noon CDT – less partying Friday night, I guess! Again, from The Oklahoman:

Fox Sports Net has selected the Sept. 10 OU-Tulsa game for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff. ABC last week set the OU- TCU season opener for an 11 a.m. kickoff and the OU-Texas game for noon.

In 2004, five of OU’s 11 regular-season games were moved to 11 a.m. for television; another was at 11:30 a.m. and another at noon.

If you know an aspiring Pride member for 2005, you might put on your list to get him or her a good coffee maker with a timer. šŸ™‚

Brian Britt to speak at commencement

Brian Britt is not just the Pride’s director, he’s also a Pride alumnus. šŸ™‚

NORMAN — Brian A. Britt, director of The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, will speak at this year’s University of Oklahoma High School commencement.

Sixteen of this year’s 22 graduates of the independent learning school plan to attend the ceremony at the Thurman J. White Forum building, 1704 Asp Ave., school officials said. Commencement will be at 10 a.m. June 17 in conference room B.

The high school, which offers distance classes online and by mail, has graduated more than 50 independent study students since becoming accredited in 2001. For more information, call 325-1921.

(Via The Oklahoman, again)

First kickoff times announced

Plan on ending your OU-Texas Friday night party a little bit earlier this year:

OU-Texas will be at noon

Rise and shine, Red River rivals.

Oklahoma’s football game Oct. 8 against Texas will kick off at noon this fall and be shown on ABC.

The game time was announced Thursday, along with the time for OU’s season-opener against TCU.

The TCU game will kick off at 11 a.m. Sept. 3 in Norman and also will be shown on ABC.

The 11AM kickoff for the home opener most likely means 6AM rehearsals for the new 2005 Pride of Oklahoma on game day, which is the first day of Labor Day weekend. Joy! (You can find information on auditions for the 2005 Pride here.)

(Via The Oklahoman.)