Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Each region was composed of six teams, resulting in 48 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The forty-eighth tournament’s champion was Oklahoma, coached by Larry Cochell. The Most Outstanding Player was Chip Glass of Oklahoma.
The 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with the Oklahoma Sooners claiming their first national championship and their first conference championship since the departure of head coach Barry Switzer.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was in his second season as head coach, has been the defensive coordinator of Steve Spurrier’s 1996 National Champion Florida Gators, and also having helped Bill Snyder turn the Kansas State Wildcats around in the early 1990s. Stoops erased a three-game losing streak against rival Texas by a score of 63–14, one of the worst defeats in Texas’ football history. Despite the lopsided victory, this game marked a return of the Red River Shootout to a rivalry game with national title implications.
The BCS title game was not without controversy, as the system shut fourth-ranked Washington out of the championship game, despite being the only team who had beaten each #2 Miami and #5 Oregon State and having the same 10-1 record as #3 Florida State during the regular season. 10–1 Miami, who handed #3 Florida State their only loss, was ranked higher in both the AP Writers’ Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll and had the same record as the Seminoles, was also seen as a possible title contender.
The “fight song” of the University of Oklahoma is “Boomer Sooner”, a version of “Boola Boola”, the fight song of Yale University, combined with a version of “I’m a Tar Heel Born”, the fight song of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Boomer Sooner” was written by Arthur M. Alden in 1905. Other songs played at athletic events by The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band are a version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”, “OK Oklahoma”, played after extra points, and the “OU Chant.” At home games, The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band plays that visiting team’s “fight song” while facing their fans.
College Sports Established
University of Oklahoma
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1919 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1996 – Present / Big 12 Conference
1964 – 1996 / Big Eight Conference
1947 – 1964 / Big Seven Conference
1928 – 1947 / Big Six Conference
1919 – 1928 / Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Sooners – Oklahoma adopted the “Sooners” name for its football team in 1908 after originally calling themselves the Rough Riders and Boomers.
While the team’s nickname is the Sooners, it’s actual mascot is the Sooner Schooner, a replica of an early 19th century wagon
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