NORMAN, Okla. -- Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer are coming into your living room this holiday season as Sooner Sports TV's The History of Oklahoma Football Parts I and II make their television premieres on FS Oklahoma beginning Friday, Dec. 14.
Previously only available on DVD, the two feature documentaries -- Part I: Birth of a Champion, covering OU football's infancy through the hiring of Bud Wilkinson, and Part II: Legacy of Winning, following the golden era of Sooner football through its NCAA-record 47-game undefeated streak -- will broadcast on FS Oklahoma in six, one-hour programs throughout the next week.
All six episodes will also play on FS Oklahoma sequentially in a Christmas Day marathon that begins at 12 p.m. Central. The six-hour marathon will also broadcast on FCS Central Monday, Dec. 24, starting at 3 p.m.
In addition to the feature presentations, each one-hour segment will have an exclusive sneak peek of Part III: Dynasty of Champions, the recently released DVD that highlights the 1964 through 1988 seasons.
The History of Oklahoma Football Series Schedule
Date Time (Central) Episode
Friday, Dec. 15 11 p.m. Birth of a Champion 1 (1895-1920)
Saturday, Dec. 16 9 p.m. Birth of a Champion 2 (1921-1946)
Monday, Dec. 17 5:30 p.m. Birth of a Champion 3 (1947-1952)
Tuesday, Dec. 18 9 p.m. Legacy of Winning 1 (1953-1955)
Saturday, Dec. 22 7 p.m. Legacy of Winning 2 (1956-1957)
Sunday, Dec. 23 9 p.m. Legacy of Winning 3 (1957-1963)
Tuesday, Dec. 25 12 p.m. Six-Episode Marathon
The History of Oklahoma Football is the most comprehensive DVD series ever issued on the history of Sooner football. The Sooner Sports TV staff began with 8,000 films in its own library and worked to get those identified and transferred to a digital format. More than 8,000 man hours were invested in completing the project.
Parts I, II and III are currently available for purchase on DVD. Part IV, covering 1989 through the present day, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013.
The History of Oklahoma Football DVD series is produced and directed by Brandon Meier, assistant athletics director/broadcast operations, and Jacob Potter, director of programming and production for Sooner Sports TV.