One day after the assassination of President Kennedy, his good friend Bud Wilkinson led the Oklahoma Sooners on to the field to compete for the Big Eight Championship. The University of Oklahoma Athletic Department tells the story of that game.
Dr. Cross continued in his book by describing the day of the game. "The weather was bleak and cheerless the next day. The mood of the capacity crowd in the stadium was somber - in keeping with the weather and the tragedy of the day before.
Former University of Oklahoma football coach Chuck Fairbanks, who led the Sooners for six seasons during the resurgent 1970's, coaching a Heisman Trophy winner and installing the legendary Wishbone offense, has died after battling brain cancer. He was 79.
"It was a big gamble, a tremendous gamble," Fairbanks told author J. Brent Clark about installing the Wishbone three games into the 1970 season. "I wouldn't advise anyone to do it."