- Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer
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Bob Stoops has voiced his concern over the number of night games the Sooners have been scheduled to play in recent years. Last year, eight of OU’s 12 regular-season games were night games. The Sooners have already been slapped with two night games this season, including an 9:30 p.m. kickoff at UTEP.
“Everybody wanted to listen, and hear you – but they don’t much care,” Stoops said. “So, it’s just how it’s going to be, I guess. Hopefully TV networks will work with (athletic director) Joe Castiglione and I on opportunities when we could play in the afternoon if we’ve had a number of night games. If things are pretty even for (TV), give us that slot for a change instead of always being the late one.”
The Sooners had such an opportunity with the opener. The option was on the table to play the game at 1:30 p.m. But Stoops and UTEP coach Mike Price thought the El Paso heat would be too much on the players.
“We had a little opportunity to go earlier in the first one, but El Paso at 1:30 in the afternoon, a turf field – it will be 30-40 degrees different if we waited to the evening,” Stoops said. “It would have been 130 degrees on that turf. And I just thought with the kids coming off two-a-days, for the kids’ health, both Mike Price and I said, even though we’ll get home late, let’s play late if we can.”
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