Post Sooner Appreciation Day update

NORMAN, Okla. — It started out as a day on the links for Sooner head coach Bob Stoops, but ended up as one with him fielding questions from the usual reporters he'll get familiar with again in the upcoming days.

Stoops touched on a few things, the most pressing of which includes the status of wide receiver Jaz Reynolds.

Contrary to recent reports, Reynolds has not been reinstated to the roster, and his situation is still up in the air for the next few days.

"I don't know where that [report] came from," Stoops said. "That wasn't from me. Well, a lot of things come from the university that are old mail, you know what I mean? So, I haven't made any of those determinations yet. I will by Thursday when we're allowed to have 105 guys practice and I'll have that, like I just said, cleaned up by Wednesday."

He also confirmed the status of wide receiver LaColtan Bester, who recently enrolled at OU and is eligible for the 2012 season because he fulfilled his academic requirements.

"Yeah, has he been cleared? By all accounts," Stoops said. "Well, we're definitely excited about LaColtan. I think he's got size, speed. He's competitive. I'm excited about him. I think he's gonna end up being a really good football player for us."

Additionally, Stoops laid out the plan for this upcoming week, which includes the players reporting Thursday, followed by the first practice Friday evening and Meet the Sooners Day Saturday.

"So Friday we have class all day, so we can't go until Friday night," Stoops said. "Saturday, though, because of Fan Appreciation Day, we're gonna go real early like around 6. The other days when they're out of class we're on the field like at 9. So, we have meetings first and then we get on the field. We just go real early the one day.

"The days we have two-a-days, one will be at 6 o'clock. The other one will be at like 8 in the morning or something like that."

The reasoning for those practice times is pretty self-explanatory: less heat and plenty of rest time in between.

"Absolutely, for a number of years, we've been doing it and so the days we have two practices, [we're] trying to make sure they have two full meals, you know, before we're back on the field," Stoops said. "And so then if you're on the field early, you know, the worst part of the day isn't until somewhere around 3, 4, 5 o'clock, I think, is the worst part of the day. So, if you can avoid that, I think you're okay."

Finally, Stoops and quarterback Landry Jones recently made a trip to the ESPN Studios in Bristol, Conn., and the Sooner head man addressed those.

"It was fine," Stoops said. "Routine, pretty [much] because everything is time slotted and, you know, it just went like routine, like clockwork. It was good."

Before the team reports Thursday, OU will also host its annual Sooner Caravan event in Oklahoma City Wednesday night at 7.

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