PRACTICE REPORT: Stoops on...NBA?

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops addressed the media Wednesday after the Sooners' practice, but ended up speaking more about the NBA than his own team. See what Stoops had to say, plus a tidbit about Ryan Reynolds...

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops on Wednesday spoke more about the NBA than he did his own team.

Stoops addressed the media after the Sooners' sixth practice early Wednesday evening. He was on hand Tuesday when Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and others made a presentation to NBA Commissioner David Stern and a league relocation sub-committee about the possibility of moving the Seattle Supersonic franchise to the state.

"It was incredibly interesting and exciting really. I just thought Mayor Cornett, Clay Bennett, Gov. (Brad) Henry and everyone did an amazing job. There's a lot to be proud of (in Oklahoma) and they presented it. It's undeniable. There's great things happening in the state and for Oklahoma City. I thought it was really well-done and it was fun to be a part of it and watch it."

Stoops said he's not worried about a professional franchise possibly pulling support away from the university.

"I don't think it has to. I think people here love all sports. More than anything, there's fans to go around for everybody.

"In the end, no matter what anyone says, I think success brings people; it brings crowds no matter what it is. I think we've got a great market for that. We'll follow and support it."

In OU football-related news, Stoops said linebacker Ryan Reynolds, who sprained an ankle before Spring Break, is not practicing yet, but is running on the ankle.

"He was running, doing some things, but not quite yet," Stoops said when asked if Reynolds had returned to practice on Wednesday. "It's possible by Friday, but we'll see. It's just one of those where we'll see how he's running."


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