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."
Prelude: Honoring the '99 Sooners, and their extraordinary place in OU history, 20 years later
Part 2: Some quit, others got in the best shape of their lives. How Jerry Schmidt transformed OU's roster
Part 3: Many want to transfer, but Trent Smith urges players to stay, saying: 'Let's go be part of history'
Part 4: 'Special moments' during season meant, 'We’re so on the cusp of doing something special''
Sounding off: An insight to what players, coaches were thinking during a crucial time in OU history
Where are they now?
A season in photos: The best images from 1999
A game-by-game look at the '99 season
Remembering the 1999 Oklahoma Sooners
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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.
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Oklahoma was ranked No. 7 in the 2017 and 2018 preseason AP Top 25 polls.
The one-of-a-kind football coach did not disappoint his one year on Oklahoma's staff
If OU and OSU were to play home football games with free admission, I’m not even sure there are 80,000 Sooner people or 50,000 Cowboy people who currently would feel comfortable in a stadium.
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