OU Athletes Jumped In Bar With Knives, Tire Irons

While UCLA’s Kevin Craft was not throwing interceptions during UCLA’s improbable overtime win against 18th-ranked Tennessee, a group of University of Oklahoma athletes were busy getting jumped in a nightclub.

Sooners bar fight

(Actually, the bar-room brawl went down early Sunday morning, I just wanted an opportunity to point out that Craft threw FOUR first-half interceptions and the Vols still managed to find a way to lose.)

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops wasn’t talking but the ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that at least two athletes from the school were injured during the fracas.

Norman police said they went to the nightclub at 2:32 a.m. Sunday, about four hours after fourth-ranked Oklahoma beat Chattanooga 57-2 in its season opener, after “numerous calls to the police department reported subjects fighting with knives, guns and tire irons.” Police reported two people had been stabbed and a third had been hit by a car.

Norman Regional Hospital spokeswoman Brenda Finkle told The OKLAHOMA DAILY student newspaper that Oklahoma freshman defensive end Frank Alexander was treated and released Sunday. The newspaper also cited “multiple student sources” in reporting that freshman basketball guard Ray Willis was injured in the altercation.

The university released a statement but didn’t identify any of the athletes involved. “The health concerns for all of those involved obviously take precedence over everything else at this point. We understand that the outlook is good,” Stoops said.

And in news that seems obvious but bears mentioning: University president David Boren has asked the VP of Student Affairs to work with police to prevent this kind of situation in the future.

First order of business: bringing in Koby Clemens for questioning.