By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
From Gautt To Thompson Let The Circle Be Unbroken Honoring #38
FROM GAUTT TO THOMPSON LET THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN HONORING # 38
OKLAHOMA’S PAUL THOMPSON
For Oklahoma and Paul Thompson
to have a Great Season
The Sooners have announced that in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Late Prentice Gautt becoming the First African American to ever play Football for Oklahoma this Season will be dedicated to him and ….
All the Players will wear
# 38 his number on the
back of their Helmets
and no player will
wear jersey #38
The timing is Perfect in that another historic moment coincides with this season of Oklahoma Football. The Absolutely Remarkable reemergence of Paul Thompson as Starting Quarterback ……
A position he was Bullied out of by as we call him a piece of White Trash Rhett Bomar, a Freshman Punk last year who screamed and complained at the start of the 2005 season that it was HIS right to be Starting Quarterback until Head Coach Bob Stoops who sadly was born without a Backbone caved into Bomar’s Demands during and after the First Game of 2005.
After that Promising Quarterback Paul Thompson did not QB a single play the rest of the season and was further humiliated forced to play another position or get no playing time at all. Last season.
Until just this month when The Punk Bomar was found to be a Scam Artist taking Big Bucks under the table from a Sooner Booster for work he never performed. After Bomar got Busted he was dismissed from the team. left OU and Paul Thompson has been re-instated as Starting Quarterback
And the reports this pre-season
for Thompson are Very Favorable
As for Dr. Prentice Gautt
here is part of our
Obituary Box in His Honor
back on March 24, 2005
All Oklahoma is mourning today
or should be
one of their Great
Black leaders has Died
Dr. Prentice Gautt
Who integrated sports at the University of Oklahoma back in the 1950s in spectacular fashion with his heroic football playing.
We can do no better than to reprint the thoughtful Obituary printed last Friday in Gautt’s hometown Lawrence Oklahoma Journal World ….
” Dr. Prentice Gautt, 67, died at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after being admitted Monday with flu-like symptoms, said his wife, Sandra Gautt, a vice provost at Kansas University.
Gautt became a pioneer in breaking racial barriers in college sports when he joined the football team at the University of Oklahoma in 1956. He was the first black man allowed on the team.
“This is definitely a shock to the thousands and thousands of people who knew him,” said Chris Theisen, assistant athletic director at KU who previously worked with Gautt at the Big Eight and Big 12 offices.
Former Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson was pressured against giving Gautt a scholarship to play football in 1956. A group of black doctors and pharmacists gave money for Gautt to attend the university.
“It was just two years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision to integrate schools,” Gautt said during an interview last year with a KU class studying racial integration. “It was not the most popular thing to add a black to that dynasty.”
Blacks began attending the university on a non segregated basis in 1950, with the final restrictions on undergraduate enrollment dropped in May 1955. Within a year after joining the team, Gautt was given a scholarship, and the donated money was given to another black student.
Gautt, considered the university’s best player in 1958, was a two-time all-conference player and 1959 Orange Bowl MVP. He was Oklahoma’s leading rusher in 1958 and 1959 and was known as a fierce blocker.
He also was an academic All-American who later received master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology. The University of Oklahoma named its academic center for student athletes after Gautt, and he Big 12 named a scholarship program for him.
“His moral courage helped to bring racial justice, not only to our state and to intercollegiate athletics, but also to our entire nation,” said David Boren, OU president.
“His deep religious faith and quiet dignity, as well as his commitment to academic excellence, make him a worthy role model for the generations which will follow him.”
Gautt played for the Cleveland Browns in 1960 and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1961 to 1967. He later was an assistant coach, instructor and academic counseling psychologist at the University of Missouri.
Gautt joined the Big Eight as assistant commissioner in 1979 and focused on the areas of education, life skills, eligibility, rules interpretations, compliance, administration of the conference’s drug-testing program and rules enforcement. He was named special assistant to Commissioner Kevin Weiberg in 2003.
He continued to live in Lawrence while working for the conference. “We are all shocked and saddened by this news,” Weiberg said. “We have lost a wonderful friend, mentor and colleague. He was a true pioneer in college sports.”
End of Excerpt
Now it’s Time for
Paul Thompson to Offer
t the Greatest Tribute of All
to Legendary Dr. Prentice Gautt
to Glory on the Gridiron
This 50th Anniversary Year
Whenever you want to reach us with comments or better yet an idea for a topic for the Box ……. email@example.com
LATE GREAT DR. PRENTICE GAUTT