Since Oklahoma's disastrous blowout loss in the Cotton Bowl to Texas A&M, the program has lost:
- Three fired assistant coaches, which is pretty much unheard of since Bob Stoops became head coach 15 years ago;
- A four-year starter at quarterback;
- Its two leading receivers;
- Both starting safeties, including the leading tackler from a year ago;
- A left tackle who might be among the first 10 picks in April's NFL draft;
- Three defensive linemen with starting experience;
- A three-year starting cornerback;
- A three-year starting linebacker;
- And, for good measure, an elite punter.
That massive turnover provides the backdrop against which the Sooners will start spring practice on Saturday. The sentimental types among Sooner Nation may lament the loss of a number of accomplished stars. The more demanding among us could view it as a chance to inject some new blood into a program that has been good-but-not-quite-good-enough for four years, an eternity in Norman time.
Naturally, though, that kind of upheaval leaves plenty of questions to be answered as the young bucks assemble for spring ball. Chief among them:no comments