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Brent Venables on Sooners Softball: ‘They’re Addicted to Winning’

Oklahoma football coach Brent Venables is taking lessons from Oklahoma’s softball team during its Women’s College World Series run.

Venables, along with several Sooners football players, were at Wednesday’s Game 1 with the Texas Longhorns. He spoke with ESPN’s Holly Rowe about what he thinks of the softball team.

“They’re intimidating. Are you kidding?” Venables said with a smile.


Oklahoma had three losses for the season entering the game. The Sooners are seeking their sixth national crown overall and fourth in the last six staged championships. This is OU’s eighth WCWS Championship Series, including its seventh in the last 10 years.

Venables threw out a first pitch before a Sooners softball game earlier this year, and he admits he’s soaking up whatever he can from the program as he prepares for his first season as head coach.

He was even asked to speak to the softball players before that game, something he hesitated to do.

“And then somebody asked me to go and speak to the girls,” Venables said. “I’m like, ‘What am I going to tell them?’ It’s like marrying Oprah (Winfrey), like what do you give to them that they don’t already have? And they’re addicted to winning. They’ve been the example in college softball. Coach (Patty) Gasso and her coaches, I’m just trying to learn to win at the highest level like they are.”

Venables continued.

“They’re as good as there has been in a long time, maybe the most dominant collegiate team in any sport. And so it’s pretty cool to be a bird on the wall.”

Venables also said that some of the football players and softball players have become friends, saying that new OU quarterback Dillon Gabriel and Sooners power hitter Jocelyn Alo have struck up a friendship.

Matthew Postins can be found on Twitter @PostinsPostcard

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