FS Oklahoma to air six, one-hour episodes from Part 1 and 2 of DVD series.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer are coming into your living room this holiday season as Sooner Sports TV's The History of Oklahoma Football Parts I and II make their television premieres on FS Oklahoma beginning Friday, Dec. 14.
Previously only available on DVD, the two feature documentaries -- Part I: Birth of a Champion, covering OU football's infancy through the hiring of Bud Wilkinson, and Part II: Legacy of Winning, following the golden era of Sooner football through its NCAA-record 47-game undefeated streak -- will broadcast on FS Oklahoma in six, one-hour programs throughout the next week.
All six episodes will also play on FS Oklahoma sequentially in a Christmas Day marathon that begins at 12 p.m. Central. The six-hour marathon will also broadcast on FCS Central Monday, Dec. 24, starting at 3 p.m.
In addition to the feature presentations, each one-hour segment will have an exclusive sneak peek of Part III: Dynasty of Champions, the recently released DVD that highlights the 1964 through 1988 seasons.
The History of Oklahoma Football Series Schedule
Friday, Dec. 15
Birth of a Champion 1 (1895-1920)
Saturday, Dec. 16
Birth of a Champion 2 (1921-1946)
Monday, Dec. 17
Legacy of Winning 1 (1947-1952)
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Legacy of Winning 2 (1953-1955)
Saturday, Dec. 22
Legacy of Winning 3 (1956-1957)
Sunday, Dec. 23
Legacy of Winning 4 (1957-1963)
Monday, Dec. 24
Tuesday, Dec. 25
The History of Oklahoma Football is the most comprehensive DVD series ever issued on the history of Sooner football. The Sooner Sports TV staff began with 8,000 films in its own library and worked to get those identified and transferred to a digital format. More than 8,000 man hours were invested in completing the project.
Parts I, II and III are currently available for purchase on DVD. Part IV, covering 1989 through the present day, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013.
The History of Oklahoma Football DVD series is produced and directed by Brandon Meier, Assistant Athletics Director for Broadcast Operations, and Jacob Potter, Director of Programming and Production for Sooner Sports TV.
Purchase the Series
Each of the first three DVDs in the four-part series are available in the OU Multimedia Store for $19.95.
The third in a four-part DVD series, this edition is devoted to the Chuck Fairbanks and Barry Switzer eras, covering the span of OU football history from 1964-89.
Part I: Birth of a Champion, which was released in 2010, chronicled the period from the inception of the program in 1895 and focused on the Bennie Owen era.
Part III: Dynasty of Championships examines the national championship teams of 1974, 1975 and 1985, in addition to squads that captured Big 8 titles on 15 occasions. This installment also takes an extensive look at OU's switch to the wishbone offense, as well as the Sooners' storied rivalry with the University of Nebraska. The careers of Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens and Billy Sims are also chronicled in Part III.
OU inspires champions today and prepares leaders for tomorrow by enabling its student-athletes to achieve their highest academic, athletic and personal aspirations. The OU Athletics Department sponsors 21 varsity sports with more than 600 student-athletes and is completely self-supporting.
Sooner Sports Properties, LLC, is the multimedia rights holder for athletics at the University of Oklahoma. Sooner Sports Properties is a joint venture of Learfield Communications, Renda Broadcasting and Griffin Television.