Pride of Oklahoma takes annual leadership retreat

Pride alum Chris Hall writes for the OU Daily:

The leadership team, which is made up of all the section leaders for the band, the staff and the drum major, left Friday afternoon for Lake Texhoma where they spent the next two days doing various leadership building activities and rehearsing to prepare for the upcoming season.

And while we’re on the subject, be sure to check out the newly redone OU Bands Web site – not only spiffy-looking, but fully XHTML 1.0 Strict validating. This is good geekiness, as it’s pretty much future-proof. Now all we need is to get Chris Evans to redesign this site. 🙂

Update: The Pride’s Web site now has an RSS feed, too, so you can read all their latest happenings in your newsreader, just like you can with our own site. It’s also what makes possible our new, spiffy “Pride News” box on the left side of the home page! Technology is grand, ain’t it?

Five game times announced has updated this year’s schedule with the kickoff times for OU’s first four games (and now five total):

Date Opponent Location Time (CT) TV
Sat, Sep 02 UAB Norman 6:00 PM TBS
Sat, Sep 09 Washington Norman 2:30 PM ABC
Sat, Sep 16 Oregon at Eugene, OR 2:30 PM ABC
Sat, Sep 23 Middle Tennessee State Norman 6:00 PM pay-per-view
Sat, Nov 25 OSU at Stillwater 1:30 PM Fox Sports Network

We presume that ABC still has the Big 12 pick-up option on the OU-OSU game on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so the time may move. If not, though, we know it will be televised on the regional Fox Sports Network. We also know that the home opener on Labor Day weekend is a night game, and will be nationally televised on TBS, a basic cable staple.

No word yet on Homecoming kick-off time. Given how TV normally works in the Big XII, we won’t know for sure about the October 21 kick-off time until October 9, the Monday after the OU-Texas game. We currently expect kick-off to be absolutely no earlier than noon, as the OU Athletic Department has been asked by TV to move homecoming kick-off before noon and refused.

It’s worth noting that ABC’s Saturday Night College Football does not air on October 21, so there’s no chance ABC will pick up homecoming for national primetime broadcast. That doesn’t mean TBS or FSN can’t make it a night game, but if ABC (who has the first option) picks up the game, it’s all but sure to kick-off at 2:30 PM.

(Hat tip to Kevin Wolfe)