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Take No. 1: Thomas should return
Stoops said after the game Thomas was suspended Friday afternoon, leaving little chance for true freshman P.J. Mbanasor to get the reps necessary to be ready in that spot.
Stoops said Monday Thomas is expected to practice Monday and be ready and available when West Virginia comes to Norman next weekend.
As for Mbanasor, Stoops said he’s not worried about how the freshman will bounce back. He said it was a tough situation for Mbanasor to be thrown into, but he hopes he’s able to keep his head up high and grow from it.
Take No. 2: OU not happy about early kick for West Virginia
Across the board, there was a lot of surprise and some anger about learning the Sooners and Mountaineers are going to be kicking at 11 a.m. CST.
Stoops said he wasn’t happy with it, and the program has expressed that sentiment to the league. It’s not a major home schedule for the Sooners in terms of opponents, and West Virginia was looked to be one of the premier ones.
In recruiting, that has certainly been the case. OU has loaded up for the weekend with several out of region visitors from California and Georgia.
An early morning kick is going to be one heck of a turnaround for kids who have to fly halfway across the country to make a visit.
Although not ideal, Stoops said his team will be ready.
“As long as we get to kick it,” said Stoops about his preferred time for a game.
Take No. 3: Was Baylor getting a sneak peek?
All the talk leading up to OU-Tulsa was about how it was a primer for the Sooners with what they’re going to see against Baylor later this season.
The Bears had an off week, and it’s possible Baylor committed an NCAA violation. SoonerScoop.com asked Monday if Stoops was aware that Baylor’s passing coordinator was in attendance for at least part of OU’s win vs. the Golden Hurricane.
“It needs to be reported and dealt with,” Stoops said.
If Jeff Lebby was indeed in attendance, and it sounds like he absolutely was even if he didn’t mean any harm, it is an NCAA violation.
Baylor coach Art Briles addressed the topic Monday afternoon and said he was not aware Lebby had made the trip.
He called the situation embarrassing and said he called Stoops after the game to apologize.