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Some people have seen it,
but no one’s really seen it.
A silhouette of the Bob Stoops statue. Stoops’ statue will be revealed to the public before the spring football game on April 14.
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Bob Stoops’ statue is set to be unveiled at the spring game. An oral history of its mysterious appearance 2 years ago:
oe Castiglione’s phone wouldn’t stop buzzing on the morning of Nov. 2, 2015. The Oklahoma athletic director was in the middle of a meeting when he had to step out to see if the texts and images he was seeing were true. He stared in disbelief at pictures of a 10-foot tall statue of Bob Stoops, now former Oklahoma head football coach, sitting on the back of a trailer and being paraded down I-35 in Fort Worth and Lindsey Street in Norman. Castiglione was at a loss for words. “I was so angry and so disappointed at the lack of sensitivity, respect, decorum — it’s mind-boggling to think someone, or a group of people, were actually consciously making a decision to put that statue on the back of a flatbed trailer without any covering or protective shielding,” Castiglione said. “It just makes no sense whatsoever.” Two years and four months later, Stoops’ statue will finally be unveiled — the intended way — at the spring game April 14. Today, Castiglione remains frustrated, Stoops’ friends relate it to Bigfoot and Stoops himself just shakes his head. It’s become one of the biggest mysteries in recent Sooner history, with a number of questions still surrounding it today: Who was driving the car? Why didn’t they cover it? Where did it come from? And, most importantly, how did this happen? To this day, no one — at least anyone that is willing to talk about it — really knows what exactly happened that day. The following is an oral history of the mysterious Bob Stoops statue that appeared on Nov. 2, 2015, and will finally be unveiled to the public at the spring game. The story includes six individual interviews with six different people that were completed over the course of a week. All titles of the interviewees are current.
The statue was bronzed at the Deep in the Heart Art Foundry (whose representatives declined to be interviewed due to the amount of attention they have already received for the incident) in Bastrop, Texas, at approximately 6 a.m. CT and was first seen on I-35 in Fort Worth between 9:30–10 a.m. KFOR’s Nate Feken was the first to tweet a picture
GEORGE STOIA • @GEORGESTOIA of the statue at 12:43 p.m., breaking the original news. Nate Feken (KFOR sports reporter): It was a Monday after a press conference, so the driver’s timing couldn’t have been worse. Carey Murdock (publisher of SoonerScoop): Bob had actually let the cat out of the bag, I think actually the press conference right after or before he was about to break (Barry) Switzer’s record for all-time wins, when he said, “Yes, there was a statue that they made,” but he wouldn’t let them put it up yet. Stoops confirmed there was a statue being built in 2012 after tying Bud Wilkinson for all-time wins, saying, “They’ve asked and have it ready to go ... I don’t want that at all. It would be weird to me. Not until I’m done. Who knows when that will be?” Stoops claimed the all-time wins record the following season and retired five years later in June 2017. Feken: I was on the phone with my dad, who went to OU, and it went by me, and I said, “I think I just saw a 10-foot statue of Bob Stoops drive by,” and he goes, “You probably ought to go chase that.” You could see the visor on it clearly, you knew right away it was Bob Stoops ... I probably broke a few laws trying to catch back up to it. Clarke Stroud (OU dean of students): We joked like it was the sighting of the Yeti. Feken: I was definitely shocked it was just kind of out there and uncovered — a pigeon could make a mess on it or a rock could chip up and hit it. I was just kind of blown away it was out in the open. Castiglione: We weren’t even aware the statue had to be relocated at that point in time. Not to say we didn’t have a time frame in mind (of when they were going to relocate it), but it certainly wasn’t then. The artist of the statue, Paul Moore, declined to be interviewed for the story, saying he thought everyone should move on. Feken: I caught it as it went through the light at Lindsey and Classen, and then it pulled into what I guess is an OU facility on the northeast corner of Lindsey and Classen ... So I just kind of pulled up right behind it and started taking pictures. I don’t think the guy driving ever caught onto the fact
that a giant Channel 4 car was right behind him. Castiglione: I learned about it through text messages I received when I was in another meeting, and as incredulous as it sounded, I stepped out during a break and called somebody to see if the story had any truth to it. I didn’t believe it. Matt McMillen (director of football operations): I was kind of disconnected that day, but I heard about it and thought, ‘What the heck is going on?’ Feken: I just sat there and called my director, Brian Brinkley, and was like “This is our top story now.” Murdock: I saw that (tweet) pop up from Nate, and I was like, “Oh my God, that’s it.” Castiglione: By then, (Feken) had tweeted a photo of the statue on the back of a flatbed trailer ... I immediately contacted (Stoops) to let him know what I had just learned, and to apologize even though we had nothing to do with it. I just felt so badly about the whole situation. Stoops: You know me, I’m the kind of guy — no big deal. Castiglione: He took it a lot better than I thought he would, maybe even better than I did. Stroud: If I remember correctly, (Stoops) just shook his head. McMillen: I saw a picture and started cracking up, then I showed it to Bob, and he just shook his head, kind of smiled and walked away. Stoops: I kind of chuckled at it. I thought it was pretty funny. Someone made a mistake, so be it. Not a big deal. So, I didn’t think it was a big deal. Castiglione: The embarrassment that it caused — it was just beyond disrespectful. Murdock: I can see why Joe’s pissed ... From an administrator thing, you want to have a big reveal.
After tracking down the foundry and the artist, I was unable to find anyone who knew who was to blame for the incident. To this day, not one person at OU claims to know who was responsible, making it a widely known mystery among Sooner Nation. Murdock: What was it doing here? I immediately contacted the sports information office, and when we started to find out this was
not supposed to be here, we don’t know why this is here ... I just knew this was a horrible mistake, they were really pissed off about this. Castiglione: I still, to this day, don’t know who all was involved in it. It’d be hard to say they did that intentionally, but to be so short-sighted — I can tell you I’ve never been driving down any interstate in America and seen a statue on the back of a flatbed trailer uncovered. Feken: I mean, it was on a flatbed trailer with no cover or anything, just wide open. McMillen: To be real honest with you, I don’t know what happened. I don’t know how it got on a truck, where it was going — I have no idea. Murdock: You come to find out it came all the way from Fort Worth, and you’re just like, “God, that was insane.” Feken: I think it fooled everybody at OU that it was even out and about, alone and uncovered. Stroud: Was that really the Bob Stoops statue? There’s grainy pictures on the internet ... but it’s kind of like Bigfoot or the Yeti, where we’re just not sure. Stoops: That’s exactly right. That’s what it’s like. Feken: It went literally right through campus, and I know I wasn’t the only one that saw it. Stroud: I cannot even confirm to you that there is a statue. Castiglione: There is a statue. McMillen: It’s like the Yeti. It’s a Bigfoot sighting. Some people have seen it, but no one’s really seen it. Stoops: I’ve seen it. McMillen: Conspiracy: I think there’s one, but are there two statues? Stroud: As far as I know, it’s like that picture of Bigfoot walking down the river. It’s right up there with Noah’s ark, some of America’s greatest legends — the Bob Stoops statue.
Today, most look back and laugh at the situation, but all of them understand the type of honor it is to have a statue of oneself. Murdock: I remember they made such a big deal out of Sam Bradford’s Heisman Trophy. They had this big thing at the fairgrounds, an unveiling, his parents were there, this whole big deal, and then Bob’s statue is revealed that way to the world — you’re just like,
“That’s funny.” Castiglione: I’m a progressive thinker, and I like to think of strategies and projects that are cutting-edge, but I’m also old-school values. I just can’t imagine why someone was that short-sighted. Murdock: The funny thing about it is that Bob thought it was funny — Joe was pissed off about it. Castiglione: Obviously we’ve moved on, but no, I don’t think I’ll ever laugh about that. Stoops: I thought it was funny then, I still do. Not a big deal to me. McMillen: I think when it’s unveiled, and people actually see it, they’ll even think it’s funnier. Murdock: Lincoln (Riley) told us recently they used to rip (Stoops) about it all the time in the office. It’s just one of those funny little stories. Castiglione: Let’s face it, this is a very unique honor, for anyone, to have a statue of yourself. Murdock: Bob doesn’t care about that stuff. I don’t think Bob ever really cared that he had a statue, it’s not in his nature to be like, “Oh, I’m going to have a statue.” He’s not embarrassed by it, that’s just not his nature. Stoops: I’m very grateful, and I feel incredibly fortunate and humbled by it all. It’s just kind of hard to believe that that is actually going to happen. Castiglione: It’s a very humbling honor. When somebody is in a process like that, you certainly want to handle it with dignity and class. Stroud: It cements his place in the rich history of Oklahoma football. Having your statue next to three legends in Bennie, Bud and Barry — there aren’t any other statues over there unless you’re a Heisman winner. McMillen: Bob is so humble, he hasn’t said much about it. I know he’s humbled by being in the presence of Bud and Barry and Bennie. There’s been a lot of coaches here, but there are only four guys that are going to have statues. Before ending the interview, I asked Stoops one last question: “Does the statue look like you?” Stoops proceeded to give the most Bob Stoops answer ever. Stoops: I wish (I) was better looking. How’s that? George Stoia
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Crimson Park is located at 2657 Classen Blvd. Norman police responded to an armed barricaded subject at the apartment complex April 5, but an OU alert was not sent out.
OU explains lack of alert Crimson Park does not fall within system jurisdiction SIERRA RAINS @sierrarains
When Norman police responded to a dangerous situation at Crimson Park apartment complex April 5, no OU alert was sent out, leaving some students questioning the system. Dur ing the situation, which involved an armed and barricaded subject, the complex was evacuated by
Norman police. By 11:05 p.m. the situation was resolved with no injuries. OU press secretary Matt Epting said an OU alert was not issued for the Crimson Park situation b e caus e the complex is not located within OU alert jurisdiction, which encompasses the entire campus and certain spaces immediately adjacent to it. “The alert system isn’t intended to cover every single area where students may live off campus. It’s intended to cover campus and areas immediately adjacent to the campus,” Epting said.
OU alerts have previously been issued to warn students of shooter situations several miles away from campus. The OU community also received notification through a March 26 OU alert text announcing the university’s 14th president. The OU alert system is primarily an emergency communication tool, but an exception was made due to the special circumstances, Epting said. “It was decided that it would be appropriate for the alert to be used for that situation — it wasn’t a
location-bound situation, it was due to the nature of the event,” Epting said. Comparatively, with the silence of the OU alert system during an emergency situation at a student housing complex, some students said on Twitter they feel as if the system has failed them. This was not the first time students have gone without notification during an emergency situation. On March 22, 2017, no O U alert was issued during a shooting incident at the Phi Gamma Delta house. At that time, Epting said the
Norman Police Department had contained the situation before an OU alert could be sent out. As of now, Epting said the OU alert policy will remain without change. “Our policies haven’t changed, and we will continue to issue alerts when there is a danger to the university community that occurs within the boundaries of the OU alert system,” Epting said. Sierra Rains
Meth deaths in Oklahoma increase More supply, demand leads to rise in addictions SIERRA RAINS @sierrarains
Among a myriad of drug crises in Oklahoma, meth has made a resurgence following crackdowns on opioid prescriptions and a new supply from outside the country. Teresa Collado is the director of the Virtue Center, a Norman agency that provides counseling and treatment services for people struggling with substance abuse, addiction and other mental illnesses. Of 409 clients in 2016, Collado said 31.8 percent of them were dealing with meth addiction. The next highest drug addiction among her clients was alcohol at 24.9 percent. Opiates were fourth on that list.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control said meth was involved in 328 out of 952 overdose deaths in 2016, a substantial increase from the 271 deaths in 2015. Though not higher than the total number of deaths from opioids, 2016’s meth-related deaths surpassed the combined number of deaths from common opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone, according to the bureau. “It just keeps escalating each year — each year, the deaths from meth continue to grow,” Collado said. “It kind of has become a part of our Oklahoma culture.” Lt. Gary Hopcus, Norman Police Department enforcement officer, said Oklahoma was successful in facing a meth epidemic by closing down many home meth labs several years ago, but the persistent demand for the drug has caught the attention of drug cartels in Mexico. “A lot of it has to do with
the federal laws that were passed years ago where they banned the sale of it,” Hopcus said. “So some of the people from the drug cartels have recognized that there is a market for it in the United States, and it doesn’t matter what state you live in, what city you live in — it’s a pretty prevalent drug out there, and people are wanting it.” Lt. Cary Bryant, NPD community outreach coordinator, said the current form of meth, called “ice,”being provided by Mexican cartels is different from what was showing up in Oklahoma beforehand. “We’re getting a more pure-grade coming in at a more steady supply,” Bryant said. Because of the supply coming from outside the country, meth is cheap and easily available, Collado said. Once someone tries meth, the addiction sets in quickly, and it’s hard to stop, Collado said.
“It messes up the dopamine system, so there’s usually a higher relapse rate because they feel really bad when they’re not using meth,” Collado said. “So they’re trying to stay sober and not use meth, but their system is so messed up, it’s hard to stay motivated because they feel very little joy.” It can take up to three years for someone to feel normal and happy again after giving up meth, Collado said. “The good news is the brain can repair, there’s (plasticity) with the brain, and if they can hang in there, there is recovery,” Collado said. Hopcus said he encounters the sale and use of meth on a daily basis, and while no encounter is ever the same, those he comes across are usually not in a sane state of mind. “We have people who are addicted to methamphetamines that we catch breaking into cars trying to support
their habits, who have essentially kind of gone crazy,” Hopcus said. Bryant said meth is going to continue to be a problem for Oklahoma until both the demand, which is a mental health issue, and the supply are addressed. “The thing about meth is that it’s about supply and demand — as long as there’s a demand in the United States, then the cartels are going to continue to supply,” Bryant said. Mental health has not been a priority in Oklahoma, Collado said. Without the proper help for those addicted to substances like meth, regulation for any drug will not be successful, and the state will continue to face various epidemics like the resurgence of meth, Collado said. Sierra Rains
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Scenic technology sophomore Shanori Goosen puts two pieces of a prop together by spraying adhesive glue on them April 5.
Hands-on theater students rise Scenic technology field requires unique skill sets HEATH KUYKENDALL @HeathKuykendal1
On any given day in the OU Fine Arts Center, the b u i l d i n g ’s g re e n ro o m hosts a myriad of arts students : dancers, actors, designers and other arti s t s m i ng l i ng t o g e t h e r. However, three of the center’s occupants stand apart from their peers in a very distinct way. Unlike anyone else in the department, these three students are majoring in scenic technology, a field of theater that focuses on constructing sets for shows. Those who study scenic technology often find others confuse them with scenic design majors because t h e t w o t r a c k s re q u i re many of the same courses. However, scenic designers take several classes that focus on conceptualizing a show, creating and envisioning all the artistic facets of a production. Scenic technology majors, on the other hand, draft blueprints, take measurements and get covered in sawdust
as they put the designer’s work together piece by piece. Jon Young, associate professor of design and area coordinator for design and production, said there are many intricacies that come w i t h w o rki ng i n s c e n i c technology. “(They) have to come in and figure how it gets built on time, on budget, with the labor personnel we have to accomplish that,” Young said. “In my opinion, it’s one of the most necessary positions to have, but it’s also often neglected.” Young said that while OU’s scenic technology program has been around for years, it remains a relatively small and challenging major. “I have gone to nine different recruiting events o u t s i d e o f O k l a h o m a ,” Young said. “I have probably seen four to five students at those various events that have the skill set that we would be interested in having in the program. Of those, I’ve had two come to interview. It’s normal for only one or two students to be brought in every year.” Young said the program’s high standards enforce a varied set of technical skills by allowing the students to work on all aspects of
designing a show. These high standards are what really attract prospective students, according to Young. At a time when the majority of schools offering degrees in scenic technology are conservatories on the East Coast, Young said he wants to provide a well-rounded education in scenic technology at an affordable cost.
“It’s still a kind of blooming major.” WILL BREIDENBACH, SCENIC TECHNOLOGY FRESHMAN
Young said OU continues to do just that, with a 95 to 100 percent placement rate in jobs fresh out of the university. For a recent transfer to the program like freshman Matthew Banister, new opportunities are just what he needed. Banister started his freshman year at OU majoring in mechanical engineering, but he found that his love for crafting was outweighed by the number of science and technology courses he was taking. Feeling like he wasn’t getting the hands-on experience he wanted, Banister began looking into other
options. “Part of me knew I always wanted to build things,” Banister said. “When I realized (scenic technology) was an option at OU, I thought it would better suit me.” Excited about the prospect of being able to spend his time putting together set pieces for big theater shows, Banister decided to make the switch. Despite having transferred in over winter break, he is already working at the OU scene shop alongside the other scenic technology majors and scenic designers as an undergraduate assistant. Wi t h o n l y t h re e p e o ple in the program, working together and forming friendships is a must. When freshman Will Breidenbach was accepted into the program and learned there was only one other scenic technology major in the school at the time, he realized the necessity of building up relationships in the department. “I figured there would be a couple more scenic technology majors,” Breidenbach said. “When I found out there was only one other scenic tech major, I thought, ‘I have to become friends with her because she is the only
source of information I have.’ And when they said there would be another new guy at the end of first semester, I was happy to have someone else at the same spot I’m in.” B re i d e n b a c h s a i d h e hopes to see more students join the program and further build the community. He also said that would give him a chance to mentor a freshman, as sophomore Shanori Goosen did for him at the start of last semester. Goosen has been in the scenic technology program for almost two years and is currently the most experienced scenic technology major at OU. In her time at the university, she has served as the props master for University Theatre’s productions of the plays “She Kills Monsters” and “City of Angels.” A s a p r o p s m a s t e r, Goosen built and kept track of all the props used in the shows. She has also taken up welding and works on many welding projects in the scene shop, such as creating torches for an upcoming production of “Alice in Wonderland.” Like Banister, Goosen is a very hands-on worker whose favorite part of scenic technology is the actual building of a set. As such,
her plans for the future differ from her colleagues. “Most of the time, scenic tech leads to being a technical director,” Goosen said. “They’re in charge of the build style. (Breidenbach) and (Banister) want technical direction, and I kind of want the other spectrum — I want to be a master carpenter or master welder.” Goosen said she would most like to serve at a regional theater where she could find stability and a nice venue. She also said she hopes to be in a position where she can take charge of her work and build the best sets possible with a dedicated team. Despite their small numbers, OU’s scenic technology majors continue to work hard to distinguish themselves and their work. Breidenbach said he looks forward to continuing in the program, and that he is extremely happy to have gotten the opportunity to work on theater at OU. “It’s still a kind of blooming major,” Breidenbach said. “I didn’t know how lucky I was when I got in. I’m really looking forward to everything that comes next.” Heath Kuykendall
OU art museum to exhibit students’ pieces Selected artwork to join permanent campus collection HEATH KUYKENDALL @HeathKuykendal1
T h e F r e d J o n e s J r. Museum of Art will present new student-created art pieces at the OU School of Visual Arts’ 104th annual student exhibition. Held every spring, the juried competition allows students majoring in art, studio art, visual communication and technology and culture to display their works for a wide audience. Winning artists receive prizes. First place winners receive the T.G. Mays Purchase Award and a spot for their work in the museum’s permanent collection.
As in previous years, the OU School of Visual Arts asked an experienced artist to act as the juror for the exhibit. This year’s selected juror is Douglas Shaw Elder, the executive director of the Firehouse Art Center in Norman. Elder has served as the director of the Firehouse Art Center since 2007. Before coming to the art center, he taught at several universities. Elder said that after judging the new student pieces, he is excited to see them displayed at the museum. “There aren’t too many schools that have museums that get to highlight student work,” Elder said. “This exhibition is going to be super special for the students. There is an amazing amount of incredible work. It was terribly difficult to find the best exhibition of
pieces.” Elder said he enjoys seeing OU’s art students excel at their craft. He hopes OU’s continued partnership with the Firehouse Art Center will help to further the Norman arts scene. “Many of (Firehouse Art Center ’s) kids go to OU for visual arts,” Elder said. “S e v e ra l O U g ra d u at e s teach at our center. We’re all just a part of the whole cycle here.” The exhibit will be open from April 27 to May 13 i n t h e Na n c y Jo h n s t o n Records Gallery. There will be an opening reception 7–9 p.m. April 26 in the Sandy Bell Gallery. Both the reception and the gallery will be free and open to the public. Heath Kuykendall
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The logo for the 104th annual OU School of Visual Arts’ student exhibition. The exhibit will be open from April 27 to May 13.
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