A familiar face graced Lindsey Street in Norman, Okla., almost three years ago.
It wasn’t Bob Stoops himself, but a larger-than-life bronze statue of Stoops was uncovered and strapped to the back of a truck.
“I kind of chuckled at it,” Stoops said to OUDaily.com’s George Stoia. “I thought it was pretty funny. Someone made a mistake, so be it. Not a big deal. So, I didn’t think it was a big deal.”
For those unfamiliar with the statue, a photo of it from KFOR’s Nate Feken surfaced on Twitter on Nov. 2, 2015.
— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) November 2, 2015
The tweet went viral, which took away any surprise from a future unveiling.
The former Sooner coach didn’t seem to mind the mistake, but the OU Daily, Oklahoma’s student newspaper, detailed the oral history of the statue and its accidental appearance in Norman.
Click here to read the entire article at OUDaily.com.
Stoops statue dedication
Invitations were sent out last month for a ceremony honoring the career of Stoops on April 13.
The statue will be officially unveiled at the ceremony, which will be held the night before Oklahoma’s annual spring game.
The ceremony will commemorate Stoops’ illustrious career at Oklahoma, which included a national championship, 10 Big 12 championships and two Heisman Trophy winners.
Stoops’ statue will join the statues of former Oklahoma coaches Bennie Owens, Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer on the south lawn of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday.