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Former Oklahoma Players Defend Sooners Coaching Staff, Question Players

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Many Oklahoma fans appear to be questioning Brent Venables and the new Oklahoma coaching staff after their 23-20 loss to West Virginia on Saturday. But two former prominent Sooners are defending the staff and calling out the players.

Here is what former Oklahoma defensive back Zack Sanchez had to say after the loss.


Then there was this from former Oklahoma linebacker Nik Bonitto.

After the loss, Brent Venables hinted at something similar, saying, “They’re young guys and they’re hurting right now. They’re really, really hurting. At some point and time, we’ve got to be pissed as well and do something about it. All of us. It ain’t okay.”

WVU’s Casey Legg hit the game-winning field goal as time expired, which capped off a 10-0 fourth quarter for the Mountaineers, who won just their second Big 12 game of the season and need to win out to become bowl eligible.


Venables is clearly challenging his guys to take their frustrations and turn it into anger on the football field. That certainly hasn’t been happening for an Oklahoma team that has the most losses in a season since 2014 and has been eliminated from the Big 12 title chase.

Also, this marks the first time since 1998-99 that Oklahoma will not have back-to-back seasons of at least 10 wins.

The Sooners will need to win one of their next two games to be bowl eligible, with Oklahoma State at home next weekend for Bedlam, followed by the last game of the regular season on the road at Texas Tech.

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