When you think of the University of Oklahoma the first thing that comes to mind is football. And really, how can that not be the first thing that comes to mind? Consider this:
- Winningest program in the modern era and No. 3 all-time - Owns more national titles than any other school since 1936 - More 10-plus win seasons than any other program - Possesses fewer losing seasons than any other program in college football history - Has scored more points than any other team in college football history - Still owns the longest winning streak in college football history at 47 games - Is the only program to have appeared in all five BCS bowl games, which includes the BCS title game - Has been ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press more times than any other school - Only school to have four head coaches with at least 100 wins - Possesses the most unanimous All-America selections with 153
But Oklahoma is much more than just Sooner football and its ultra successful coach Bob Stoops. The women’s basketball program has made 13 straight NCAA tournaments, produced 11 conference championships, eight All-American players and has made three trips to the Final Four. Coach Sherri Coale just completed her 16th season at Oklahoma with her team producing a 21-13 record and advancing to postseason play for the 14th time in 2012. Her Sooner teams made back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2009 and 2010 after Oklahoma reached the Final Four for the first time under her guidance in 2002. Coale has also produced three 30-win seasons so far during her Sooner coaching career.
Oklahoma men’s basketball also owns a storied tradition with the Sooners making 26 NCAA tournament appearances, four trips to the Final Four, producing 21 conference championships and developing 30 All-American players. Coach Lon Kruger, who most recently steered UNLV to NCAA tournament trips in four out of his last five years there, has one Final Four appearance under his belt at Florida in 1994. In 26 years as a collegiate coach, Kruger’s teams have made 13 NCAA tournament appearances and his prior success points to leading the Sooners back to the Big Dance in the near future.
The University of Oklahoma is ranked first per capita among public universities in enrollment of National Merit Scholars and among the top 10 in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars.
Location: Norman, Oklahoma Population: 111,000 Founded: 1890 Enrollment: 30,303 Nickname: Sooners Colors: Crimson and Cream President: David Boren Athletic Director: Joe Castiglione Website: http://www.soonersports.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame: Troy Aikman, Tommy McDonald, Lee Roy Selmon
Oklahoma Bowl Game History 2012, Insight Bowl vs. Iowa (W) 2011, Fiesta Bowl vs. Connecticut (W) 2009, Sun Bowl vs. Stanford (W) 2009, BCS Title Game vs. Florida (L) 2008, Fiesta Bowl vs. West Virginia (L) 2007, Fiesta Bowl vs. Boise State (L) 2005, Holiday Bowl vs. Oregon (W) 2005, Orange Bowl vs. USC (L) 2004, Sugar Bowl vs. LSU (L) 2003, Rose Bowl vs. Washington State (W) 2002, Cotton Bowl vs. Arkansas (W) 2001, Orange Bowl vs. Florida State (W) 1999, Independence Bowl vs. Mississippi (L) 1994, Copper Bowl vs. BYU (L) 1993, Sun Bowl vs. Texas Tech (W) 1991, Gator Bowl vs. Virginia (W) 1989, Florida Citrus Bowl vs. Clemson (L) 1988, Orange Bowl vs. Miami (L) 1987, Orange Bowl vs. Arkansas (W) 1986, Orange Bowl vs. Penn State (W) 1985, Orange Bowl vs. Washington (L) 1983, Fiesta Bowl vs. Arizona State (L) 1981, Sun Bowl vs. Houston (W) 1981, Orange Bowl vs. Florida State (W) 1980, Orange Bowl vs. Florida State (W) 1979, Orange Bowl vs. Nebraska (W) 1978, Orange Bowl vs. Arkansas (L) 1976, Fiesta Bowl vs. Wyoming (W) 1976, Orange Bowl vs. Michigan (W) 1972, Sugar Bowl vs. Penn State (W) 1972, Sugar Bowl vs. Auburn (W) 1970, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Alabama (T) 1968, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. SMU (L) 1968, Orange Bowl vs. Tennessee (W) 1965, Gator Bowl vs. Florida State (L) 1963, Orange Bowl vs. Alabama (L) 1959, Orange Bowl vs. Syracuse (W) 1958, Orange Bowl vs. Duke (W) 1956, Orange Bowl vs. Maryland (W) 1954, Orange Bowl vs. Maryland (W) 1951, Sugar Bowl vs. Kentucky (L) 1950, Sugar Bowl vs. LSU (W) 1949, Sugar Bowl vs. North Carolina (W) 1947, Gator Bowl vs. NC State (W) 1939, Orange Bowl vs. Tennessee (L)
NFL First-Round Draft Picks 2010, Sam Bradford, QB (St. Louis) * 2010, Gerald McCoy, DT (Tampa Bay) 2010, Trent Williams, OT (Washington) 2010, Jermaine Gresham, TE (Cincinnati) 2007, Adrian Peterson, RB (Minnesota) 2006, Davin Joseph, OG (Tampa Bay) 2005, Jammal Brown, OT (New Orleans) 2005, Mark Clayton, WR (Baltimore) 2004, Tommie Harris, DT (Chicago) 2003, Andre Woolfork, CB (Tennessee) 2002, Roy Williams, FS (Dallas) 2000, Stockar McDougle, OT (Detroit) 1996, Cedric Jones, DE (New York Giants) 1988, Rickey Dixon, DB (Cincinnati) 1988, Keith Jackson, TE (Philadelphia) 1986, Tony Casillas, NT (Atlanta) 1985, Steve Sewell, RB (Denver) 1984, Rick Bryan, DT (Atlanta) 1984, Jackie Shipp, LB (Miami) 1981, David Overstreet, RB (Miami) 1981, Keith Gary, DE (Pittsburgh) 1980, Billy Sims, RB (Detroit) * 1980, George Cumby, LB (Green Bay) 1978, Elvis Peacock, RB (Los Angeles) 1976, Lee Roy Selmon, DE (Tampa Bay) * 1976, Joe Washington, RB (San Diego) 1976, Billy Brooks, WR (Cincinnati) 1970, Steve Zabel, LB (Philadelphia) 1970, Jim Files, LB (New York Giants) 1970, Steve Owens, RB (Detroit) 1969, Eddie Hinton, WR (Baltimore) 1964, Joe Don Looney, FB (New York Giants) 1959, Dave Baker, DB (San Francisco) 1957, Jerry Tubbs, LB (Chicago) 1955, Max Boydston, E (Chicago) 1953, Billy Vessels, RB (Baltimore) 1951, Leon Heath, FB (Washington) 1950, George Thomas, RB (Washington) 1950, Stan West, DG (Los Angeles)
OKLAHOMA-WEST VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS: Former West Virginia University president James G. Harlow was an Oklahoma City native who earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma. When Harlow was West Virginia University’s president from 1967-1977 he once said that coal could do for Mountaineer football what oil did for Oklahoma football.
DID YOU KNOW?: The University of Oklahoma is ranked first per capita among public universities in enrollment of National Merit Scholars and among the top 10 in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars. PC Magazine and the Princeton Review recently rated OU one of the "20 Most Wired Colleges" in 2006 and 2008.
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Michael Fragale, Julie Brown, Chris Ostien and Alyssa Casalino also contributed to this report