An Autumn Remembered: Bud Wilkinson's Legendary '56 Sooners by Gary T. King

By Gary T. King

In 1956, a gaggle of younger men—sons of the good Depression—were now pupil athletes in each feel of the word. Their younger trainer used to be at the verge of an unparalleled profitable streak, and Bud Wilkinson’s ’56 Sooners shaped the touchstone of the collage of Oklahoma’s soccer dynasty. This staff used to be the guts and soul of OU’s checklist 47-straight victories. An Autumn Remembered lines the main points of the awesome ’56 season and follows the workforce into the current via revealing interviews with the crucial avid gamers. during this stirring account, Gary T. King brings to lifestyles a trip packed with stories, triumph, and glory—an autumn actually to be remembered, and an adventure to not be missed. 

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This is not necessary today. Bud said, “In two-platoon football you recruit a guy with one particular skill. He doesn’t have to be an all-round player. All you’ve got to do is keep him eligible. If you go back to the ‘good ol’ days’ 12 / Bud Wilkinson King / Final Pages 3/21/06 4:10 PM King / Final Pages 3/21/06 4:10 PM Page 13 [Bud smiled at his own words here] or whatever you want to call them, the player had to learn to do a lot of things and it’s a natural carry-over that he is a college student and that he will get a degree.

Running with beautifully controlled speed, Thomas weaved through the havoc wrought by our forwards sprinting downfield ahead of him. Wade Walker screened off a man. [Charley] Dowell took out the safety. Thomas faked outside, then swerved to the middle and jogged across the goal line after a ninety yard touchdown run that I am told is the longest an OU back has ever made in modern times. ” Port Robertson, along with his other responsibilities as academic counselor and wrestling coach, was also the freshman football coach at OU.

In two-platoon football you recruit these skills. 5 forty. I don’t mind him catching that pass for a touchdown if he has to line up and play defense on the next series. Two-platoon football is a totally different game. “If you don’t have the talent today there is no way you can coach well enough to overcome the lack of talent. When we had oneplatoon football, coaching was 50 percent more important than it is today. ” A Game of the Heart It’s absolutely true we have to have athletic ability. You can’t deny that or belittle it, but I am totally of the opinion that because football is a morale game, because it is 14 / Bud Wilkinson King / Final Pages 3/21/06 4:10 PM King / Final Pages 3/21/06 4:10 PM Page 15 primarily a game of the heart, and I don’t mean to sound sentimental, I believe you must first find a boy of character, a boy who must first be a good enough student to do college work without undue difficulty, and to be able to graduate from college.

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