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Oklahoma Party Supplies and Oklahoma Graduation Supplies are a great way to help decorate your Sooner graduations, tailgates, picnics, game viewing parties or other special occasions. But where did all of this Oklahoma fandom begin?
Football began at the University of Oklahoma in 1895. The team was organized by a student from Kansas, John A Harts who had played the game previously, and it was made up of mostly non-students. They lost their first game 34-0 to a team from Oklahoma City, and, to make matters worse, they had a number of injuries that forced them to borrow players from the other team. It was a less than stellar start to the traditional football power.
Vernon Louis Parrington became the Sooner’s first coach in 1897. Parrington had some experience with football from his time at Harvard. Interestingly, Parrington would retire after only 4 years (compiling a successful 9-1-1) from football because it was interfering with his true passion, teaching. He would later go on to win a Pulitzer Prize in History in 1928.
Oklahoma’s first permanent coach was Bennie Owen. Owen was hired in 1905. He had been a quarterback on the undefeated Kansas team of 1899. He would remain the Sooner’s coach for the next 22 years, retiring in with a 122-54-16. He would later be the first person from Oklahoma inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Bud Wilkinson took over the Oklahoma head coaching job in 1947. In 1949, he led the Sooners to an undefeated season and a Sugar Bowl victory. They would be denied a National Championship, however, when Notre Dame was voted the best team. The next year, in 1950, the Sooner’s would win their first National Championship despite losing to Kentucky in the Sugar Bowl.
Under Wilkinson, Oklahoma would go on to win National Championships again in 1955 and 1956, winning a college football record (which still stands) 47 games in a row. They lost their first game in 1953 and did not lose again until they faced off with Notre Dame in 1957. Amazingly, the Sooners won or shared fourteen straight conference titles starting in 1946. Wilkinson would retire in 1963 with a impressive 145-29-4 coaching record.
Barry Switzer took over as the Sooner’s coach in 1973 after Chuck Fairbanks left Oklahoma to coach the New England Patriots. Switzer, having perfected the wishbone offense, wasted no time and led the Sooners to an undefeated season and National Championship in 1974. In fact, Switzer’s 1970’s teams finished with a tremendous record of 73-7-2. While the Switzer teams of the 1980’s had more setbacks than their 1970’s teams, they still had mostly successful seasons, and finished with another National Championship in 1985. Switzer would leave the team after the 1989 season.
Bob Stoops took over the Sooner’s head coaching job in 1999 and brought about a resurgence in Oklahoma football success. In 2000, just his second year, he led Oklahoma to an undefeated season and their seventh National Championship. Included in this season were upset victories over heavily favored Texas (by the incredible score of 63-14) and heavily favored Florida State (in the Orange Bowl). Soon after, in 2003 and 2004, Oklahoma would make it to the Championship game again, only to lose to LSU and USC respectively.
Oklahoma Party Supplies and tailgate party supplies are a fantastic part of any Sooner celebration! Be sure that you serve all of your party fare, be it a graduation, tailgate, fan party, birthday or other fun event, on these fun party supplies. Your party guests will be impressed with your show of school spirit!
Oklahoma State party supplies are a great way to add to your football party or other Cowboy celebration! Here in Michigan, we're very familiar with OSU and Lion great Barry Sanders and the amazing things he did on the field. His 2,628 rushing yards for the Cowboys in 1988 were just crazy! Get ready for another Cowboy season and throw a party in style with the help of these awesome Oklahoma State party supplies.