In the wake of John Blake’s sudden passing, we remember the transition from the Blake coaching era to Bob Stoops.

In a series of stories, sports columnist Guerin Emig reflects on Bob Stoops' first Oklahoma team, a team that awoke a sleeping giant of a football program and provided a glimpse of the success that was to come under Stoops.

"I think everyone immediately, and naturally, goes right to the 2000 national championship team," says Stoops. "But I've said on multiple occasions that that all begins with those guys in '99."

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Proud father of Gretchen and Holden. Devoted husband to Christy, who has been my best friend since biology class at Booker T. Washington. I covered the Oklahoma Sooners for 15 years. That was both challenging and rewarding. Now I get to write columns.