Ice, snow unable to slow Sooners signees

February, 2, 2011
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In most respects, National Signing Day 2011 was business as usual for Oklahoma under Bob Stoops.

Grab a couple of the nation's top prospects? Six in the ESPNU 150.

Rank among the nation's top classes? The Sooners are No. 7, according to ESPN.

Fill in depth around an already loaded team on campus?

"I never feel, fortunately for a good number of years now, that we’ve ever been depleted anywhere," Stoops told reporters at his press conference on Wednesday. "So as you see it’s just a really good mix of a couple [positions] ... it’s a little bit of everything. So to us, I feel in a good number of years now, we’ve been able to be fairly balanced and never be really short anywhere, just add to what we have."

But announcing his class at halftime of a basketball game? There's a good chance that's a first in Norman. Ice and snow around the country forced other programs to hold teleconferences, postpone press conferences or cancel them altogether.

The blizzard on Tuesday night forced Oklahoma officials to postpone the Sooners' basketball game against Baylor until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and at halftime, Stoops got a chance to talk about his 2011 players with the media for the first time ever.

"I know everybody has been dealing with the weather the last couple of days so we’ll make this work," Stoops said in his opening statement. "We feel it is obvious by the way people have respected our class with all the different rankings, to know that there are only 17 players and it’s still regarded as one of the better ones in the country. I think again it speaks of the quality of players."

The hoopsters, by the way, rebounded from a halftime deficit to win their fourth consecutive game and move into third place in the Big 12 standings after being picked near the bottom to begin the season.

Stealing a bit of good mojo from the reigning Big 12 champions on the field? It couldn't have hurt.

But the weather problems caused problems in places other than Norman, too. Stoops said it took "a lot of phone calls" to get all 17 letters of intent in on time.

"Fortunately, all the networks were still operating and the biggest issue was kids making sure they were able to get to a fax machine," he said. "I guess it just took away from some of the pageantry at different schools and being able to get there in front of the whole school and have all of that, but as long as they could sign it with their parents and find a fax machine it worked OK for us since we aren’t able to be there anyway."

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