|| 1936 Sooners
The venerable Associated Press poll debuted
76 years ago for the 1936 season. Since that time, Oklahoma has been the winningest team
in college football, compiling a record of 632-202-22 (.751). The Sooners have also spent the most weeks ranked No. 1, in the Top 5 and in the Top 10 of any team
Take a look at the 1936 Sooners in the photo below (and the side of OU's stadium visible behind the team). It's believed this was taken in the southwest corner of the stadium with the camera facing north.
The 1936 team compiled a record of 3-3-3 overall under head coach Lawrence "Biff" Jones with wins against Colorado, Kansas and a 35-13 victory against Oklahoma A&M in the final game of the season.
During his 19-month tenure at OU, Jones rebuilt the athletic training department by adding whirlpool baths and needle showers and organized the equipment department to save thousands of dollars. He installed the Warner system of single and double wingbacking, a 1-9-1 shift, and strengthened the faulty running game.
Jones left Oklahoma originally because the Army decided to transfer him to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., but an offer to head the Nebraska football team prompted Jones to resign from the Army and travel to Lincoln. At Nebraska, Jones led the team to two Big Six titles in four years.
Sooner fans that attended last Saturday's win against Texas A&M walked through this area on the way to their seats. Pretty cool to realize OU's tradition is all around you if you take a moment to notice.