stadium “Pursue Greatness” | OU Facilities Upgrade (Recruit Quotes Added 9:13 pm)

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Sorry we’re so late with this. Esco is usually all over this stuff for us but he’s on vacation. His last text to me was “I’m actually chilling in the back of a limo right now…” :)

I’ve been out of the loop most of the day but hopped on to Soonersports.com and saw this video that most of y’all have probably seen by now:

Don’t know how much commentary is required and to be honest most of y’all have probably been following this more closely than myself. But it is awesome and not surprising to see the tremendous commitment that OU admin, president, etc. have towards our sports programs. As Oklahoma fans we are used to being the “gold standard” and this is one more step in the right direction. But in a way this isn’t just a step forward for Oklahoma. It is a step back into the golden age of OU football.

For other schools their cosmetic enhancements define their program as they seek heights they’ve never reached. The beauty of being an OU fan is that these enhancements only advance the substance of what we know to be the OU football tradition…a tradition of winning at the highest level.

For a full review of the conceptual master plan please check out: http://gfoms.com/

UPDATE (9:13 pm): Starting to get some feedback from recruits on what they think of the video showing the coming facility upgrades. We’ll post more as we get them. Here is what we’ve got:

PJ Mbanasor (OU CB commit) – “It’s beautiful man, it’s crazy what’s in store. Thing can only continue to go up from here!”

John Humphrey (OU WR target) – “Wow! Just Amazing!” Then asked if that would have an effect on his desire to play at OU and he said, “Excuse me but, Hell yeah!”

Tyrell Jacobs (OU DE target) – “It’s cold! The atmosphere and stadium is magnificent. Looks like a great place to be on Saturdays!”

Kahlil Haughton (OU Safety target) – “Wow! I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like to play in that stadium! The facility designs look sick too!”

Anthony Wheeler (OU LB target) – “I think it was an awesome video! With a great team comes a greater stadium.”

Cody Ford (OU OT target) – “It’s gonna be such a special and unique place to play!”

Andre James (OU OT target) – “That’s amazing! I would love to play in a stadium like that!”


  • Super K

    Hearing Castiglione talk…he just gets it.

    • Doobie74OU

      Man I read that last paragraph and wanted to go find a helmet and pads! You got me all fired up and it is still a bit over 60 days till football!

    • Super Keith

      He’s always been that way, which is why I think we’ve done so well as a program. He’s been on top of facilities since day one. The first phase of stadium upgrades, then Headington, now this. If he is at OU another decade, who knows what’ll be next?!

  • ohiosoonerdevildog

    So it sounds as if Esco is helping foot the bill for these upgrades seeing as how he rides in limos now.

    • Super K

      haha!

  • Sooner Ray

    So Jordan is calling his Prius a limo now?

    • Doobie74OU

      Jordon deserves his vacation whether it is in a Prius or a REAL LIMO! Boy been doing work for us OU Fans!

    • Super K

      LOL

      • Steve Cooke

        Hey Super K when i press the link to see the added recruit comments it takes me to the past update & i can’t see the added comments.

  • Super K

    Starting to get some quotes from recruits about the facilities upgrades

    • Sooner Ray

      You know what to do with them……just lay them out here. :-)

    • lulzer

      Wariboko comments?

      • ToatsMcGoats

        He did tweet about it and he was actually pretty excited about it….SYKE.

        • Stephen

          I see what you did there!

  • Zack

    Humphrey sounds excited not sure this pushes anyone over the edge to commit “right away”. I do think it will impact some decisions for recruits now that the plan has been accepted and they know what to expect. I’m sure everywhere they go the coaches tell them “oh yeah we’re going to upgrade this or that” but man it looks badass.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUvqXK4DEM DCinAZ

      I think Humphrey is going to commit to OU. I think it’s just a matter of when.

      • Zack

        Yeah exactly and I think a few of these others that were quoted will like the ford kid and haughton. The thing is I think these kids still want to take officials I can’t blame them but stoops wants them to know where they want to be before they commit.

        • Chase Korenek

          Zack I really hope we get Haughton. He and Galimore are my dream gets for this class. Everyone knows what a freak Galimore is but Haughton is the best safety prospect in Texas, extremely underrated.

          • Zack

            I think gallimore is going to be tough it’s going to depend on how bad he wants to get out of colder weather I think. Ohio state is much closer to his home but maybe he will like our weather. Haughton I think is a matter of time before he chooses ou. I think tech is touting him as being a tech lean but the kid has tweeted how much he doesn’t like Waco and while Waco does suck Lubbock isn’t much better. But if Sunderland commits to ou before haughton decides then maybe he goes elsewhere.

          • Chase Korenek

            What’s funny is I was thinking the same thing about Haughton. I like Sunderland but think if he commits before Hahlil, he may go elsewhere. Galimore is going to hard to sway this far south and as much attention as he is starting to get from all the schools I think it will come down to OU and the Buckeyes.

          • Zack

            I would rather take both tell Johnson to go elsewhere and then take mckinley. Not gonna happen most likely.

  • JB

    I am already wishing it were done. I want it finished tomorrow.

    • Super K

      no doubt!

      • Boom

        Wonder if the new stadium will have less effects on the kicking game. Gets windy in there in the current stadium.

    • leatherneck1061

      Was thinking the exact same thing

  • Fear The Magic

    The Stadium plans look amazing. Hopefully closing up the endzone will help with the accoustics as well.

    • FeedtheMonster

      I’m no expert, but it just looks like it will trap the crowd noise in. I am REALLY excited about the first big game after everything is complete. It would be awesome if they brought in equipment to measure the noise, and put it on the screens.

  • EasTex

    Coach Owen is surely smiling.

    He created something magical and wonderful 91 years ago.

    • Sooner Ray

      Benny and Bud are probably glowing with pride right now.

      • EasTex

        So many magnificent people have been involved with OU traditions I’m sure they are all pleased, those who have gone on and those still with us.

    • Kuzi

      I hope that the playing surface continues to be called Owen Field. I would be very disappointed if they changed it. So would my soon-to-be born son Owen.

      • EasTex

        Don’t think that will ever change, but if it does let me know what time to show up with my pitchfork, torch and rope.

  • Sooner Ray

    I’m really liking these tweets by recruits. Can only get better from here. It’s one thing to tell them, it’s another to actually show it to them.

    • Gary Robbins

      Like they said a 5-star place to eat and sleep with privacy(Headington Hall). A soon to be world class facility for student athletes to play on Saturdays,train, lift weights,etc while receiving an excellent education. But for me ( being born in the 40’s) those 43 extra bathrooms are a god-send. lol! This stadium is going to be so loud.

      • Sooner Ray

        Maybe all the bathrooms are to prepare for beer sales some day.

        • Gary Robbins

          Now we’re talking some serious business. I bet they never heard of “happy hour”.

  • Billy Jackson

    Here’s what I really appreciate about Boren. When he took over at OU, he proved a university could both pursue academic excellence, while embracing OU’s tradition, and what frankly put OU on the map. He’s never wavered on continuing to improve OU’s academic reputation, along with ensuring OU fans can remain proud and excited about their football team. And I have to say, I’ve been damn proud about OU’s entire athletic program…..I’m giving Pete Hughes a rookie year mulligan……

    Bringing in Castiglione and Stoops is like a hat trick. We can gripe about Stoops, but we currently have 3 very good men doing a lot of good for the university in many ways.

    I hope all three of them decide to stick around for a while longer.

    • Kuzi

      I think that he understands, probably better than most, that athletics and academics can act synergistically to improve the overall standing of the university. The addition of the “Oxford-style” colleges is going to be very cool as well.

      • Billy Jackson

        Absolutely. In fact, what’s so cool about OU’s resurgence to the top of college football is they had to borrow money from the state’s general fund in the 90s. Now, not only has that been paid back, but a lot of dollars generated by the booming program has gone to help with academics.

        • ND52

          The OU Athletic Department is one of the few programs in the country that is entirely self-sustaining.

    • EasTex

      I remember it being mentioned this past season that our President, AG and HC have set an NCAA record for serving together the longest.

      • Billy Jackson

        Wow! I knew they had been together for a long time, but I wasn’t sure they held the record!

        • EasTex

          Coach Stoops talked about it on one of his Sunday night shows last season which are carried on FSSW. He was quite proud of the accomplishment, as he should be.

          • Billy Jackson

            Well, money in college sports is crazy, but Stoops has definitely shown he deserves to be among the top of the pay scale. I mean, if Arkansa is going to pay Pig Man nearly 5 mil per year for having not won anything of significance, then by all means, Bob has earned his payday.

            His tenure at OU has to be getting pretty high in terms of active coaches at one school, too.

          • Sooner Ray

            If you want to know when OU is going to be in a good financial position, follow the price of oil. When it’s up so are the donations. Part of living in a state that makes a good living on the crude. And Stoops has stayed much longer than most coaches make it now days. We are very fortunate.

          • Billy Jackson

            Yep, glad to see the Sooner State profiting from what it’s known for. Was sad in the mid 80s when the price of domestic oil freaking tanked and really hurt Oklahoma’s economy.

          • ND52

            @disqus_skHAxryk0q:disqus

            But filling up the gas tank at 70 cents per gallon? Very nice.

          • Billy Jackson

            That, I cannot argue with. I had a ’77 Camero I could put 10 bucks in, and it would last me 2 weeks of driving back and forth to high school. 68 cents per gallon was rather nice for a broke kid in high school.

            Okay, now I’m sounding old….And don’t none of you call me gramps! :-)

          • ND52

            @disqus_skHAxryk0q:disqus

            I remember downtown being almost completely deserted on the weekends. Like tumbleweed blowing through the streets, deathly quiet deserted. Few people lived downtown and even fewer wanted to move there.

            I remember the unofficial state motto being, “last one out, turn off the lights”. It wasn’t if you were gonna leave after college it was where to.

            I remeber when—other than country music stars—–no big time performers ever came through OKC. Wanted to see a group like Aerosmith? Dallas or Kansas City were your closest options.

            A professional sports team—–in OKC???? You really need to lay off the dope brother! Lol!

          • Billy Jackson

            It is pretty amazing to see OKC and how it’s transformed. I remember the Myriad Gardens in 1980 was supposed to attract business and conventions, but it never seemed to materialize. It wasn’t until I graduated from OU in the early 90s, did all the money start pouring into downtown and giving both in and out of state residents a nice place to visit and hang out.

            At first I wondered if it was something I said, or if Oklahoma was just happy to get rid of my ass……..Either way, I’m happy for the city and the state.

          • Super Keith

            That’s funny Bill Jackson, I was raised in OKC, and moved after I finished school (also the early 90s). While OKC was a nice place to grow up, it was a small city. It seemed like after I moved, the place took off. When I go back, I’m always amazed at how much it’s grown into a real city (complete with pro basketball).

          • Billy Jackson

            Small markets usually prove to be continuous money makers for professional franchises. Green Bay and Nashville (where I currently live) comes to mind. Large cities always have much going on, and it can be boom or bust. Smaller markets develop loyal followings, and they’ll put the mail man credo to shame when it comes to showing up to support their team.

          • EasTex

            Never had a losing season as a HC, 10.7 wins per season, only team and coach to play in every BCS game and the MNC game/s…and on and on.
            If his pay is based on performance, then they are getting him at a bargain, but he is more than that and one of the things he talks about with much pride is how his players do academically. He had the Academic All-American of the Year in Ikard last year and 19 of his players were Academic Big XII.
            He is centered, he is grounded and he is the kind of man you want leading and training young men. He is the only coach I have ever seen tell the world on national TV that he loves his team and was impressed with his saying that.

          • Billy Jackson

            Well said. I can kind of see the opposite trend happening with our friends to the north, who wear ugly uniforms and their male cheerleaders try and trip OU players.

          • EasTex

            That same male cheerleader had earlier spit at Saunders in the end zone after he ran the punt back for a TD. Classy.
            As for OSU, I don’t know what to think about those folks…and I seldom do.

          • Billy Jackson

            ha ha ha…Yeah, me neither. Cool breeze better be happy his spit missed Saunders and his foot missed Striker.

            Of the little I’ve read about them, though, their program doesn’t seem to be shining in most prominent light. Hurts me deeply……../s

          • EasTex

            I know a lady here in Dallas, she and her husband both went to OSU. She quietly let me know she always liked OU football and also that she went to school with Gumby. She said she was shocked when he got the job, she didn’t think he was very bright.

          • Billy Jackson

            I’m actually surprised he’s won like he has. I know T-Boone’s donations have greatly helped, but looking at him does remind me of Barney on the Simpsons……..burp……

          • J J

            He’s not.

          • paganpink

            Not to mention their abysmal academics which are now costing their team dearly in crucial practice time, and the ongoing lack of character from what seems like so very many of their players. They are becoming the Miami U.of the plains, while their coach does the silly dances that so many other coaches from losing programs in the Big 12 spend a lot of time working on for Youtube! Coach your teams and develop your young athletes into good scholars as well as good people, and nothing else matters- because THAT will build your very future as a team better then any group of short timer athletic thugs and illiterates ever will. OSU is trying to take too many shortcuts to success to ever build a great legacy, in my opinion. So there! Plus one of their kids keyed my new Ford Lightning pickup outside a baseball game that they lost to OU a few years back, so they have even more punks then are on their athletic fields LOL!!

          • paganpink

            Heh. Short version; I am not a real big fan of OSU, their coaches, players, or student body, or even 21 times married Boone Pickens!

          • Billy Jackson

            Their fans are the worst. Bitter beer faced and very jealous. Hate it for ‘em.

          • Billy Jackson

            I agree. That’s what impresses me about Stoops. He’s diligent about evaluating the character just as much as the athletic ability of a prospect. Of course, some jokers are going to slip through the cracks, but he’s shown he won’t put up with it, and will nip it, even if it temporarily sets his team back in terms of depth.

            I think in Gundy’s situation, you again are correct. OSU’s just so happy to have talent wanting to play, they’ll sign up anyone. And, in addition to their grade woes, we’re starting to see key players getting into trouble, quite often. Basketball is no exception, either. It’s almost like they made a deal with the Devil to pull themselves out of the trash heap of college football, and ‘ole Luce is sending his goons out to collect.

            I won’t be surprised if the same thing starts happening at Texas A&M, where cracks and trouble will start happening at their happy new palace in the SEC.

            Someone keyed your new truck?! Yeah, screw them!

      • ND52

        Never underestimate the benefit of administrative stability to the long-term health of a program.

        • paganpink

          That is absolutely not said enough! Thanks for pointing out OU has been a cohesive team of coach, coordinator and President that are the best in the country. That is HUGE to our team in ways big and small.

    • Eric Hoffpauir

      Stoops definitely would not still be at the university if Boren and Castiglione had departed.

  • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

    What did Leon Sandcastle say?

    • EasTex

      JY, you heard anything from Chett Munden lately?

    • Super K

      He said the upgrades are going to “prime time!”

      • ToatsMcGoats

        Lol!

  • CoachStauder

    Cody Ford (OU OT target) – “It’s gonna be such a special and unique place to play!”

    This sounds promising…

  • Kuzi

    The Big XII is going to have some of the nicest, most recently updated stadiums in college football in a couple of years. That can’t hurt the perception of the conference with potential recruits.

  • Doobie74OU

    “We will never apologize at OU for pursueing Championships!…” WOW that Castiglione is a BAAADDDDDD MAN! I’m pumped!

    • EasTex

      You’re fired up today.
      This one’s for you…Hell’s Coming.

      • Sooner Ray

        Oh hell Tex, don’t get Doobie all up in a frenzy right before bedtime. :-)

        • EasTex

          Henh…just trying to help him get it out of his system so he can sleep.

          • Doobie74OU

            I AIN”T SLEPT IN 6 DAYS AND I JUST NOW CALMED DOWN ENOUGH TO TYPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • EasTex

            Alrighty, then.

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    Whoa, looks beautiful, as always.

  • J J

    Can’t wait, that press box was hideous in 1995. It’s ugly as sin inside…. The last few times I have been in the east side, thank goodness. It’s much better….

  • SoonerfanTU

    “I’m actually chilling in the back of a limo right now…”

    How very Deondre Clark of him. ;)

    • kt-raida

      Lmao^^^

  • SoonerfanTU

    Also, I think we can go ahead and mark Humphrey down as an OU commit.

  • HoustonChiver

    Kahlil’s comments make it seem like it’s just a matter of time before he commits…

  • Chase Korenek

    There’s really not much you can say except…WOW!

  • leatherneck1061

    Wow! Just wow……Something like this just has to have an effect on recruiting. Hard to see how it couldn’t.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUvqXK4DEM DCinAZ

    Erm……..anybody send this to DeBerry? I’m just sayin……

  • Daddy R

    Absolutely Beautiful. Damn near brought tears to my eyes…