The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 21, 2013

Thanks for listening, keeping OU tradition intact

Enid News & Eagle

— Hats off to the Pride of Oklahoma for shelving a controversial plan to change pre-game music for University of Oklahoma football games.

Not to sound sacrilegious, but Oklahoma football fans take tradition about as seriously as they do religion.

It’s hard to upstage a quarterback controversy, but rookie Pride Director Justin Stolarik turned heads by tinkering with the pre-game fanfare routine.

By Tuesday, The Norman Transcript reported plans to change the sequence had been scrapped and work on the traditional opening resumed.

“In our 109th year, I am pleased to join an organization with such an excellent heritage and to be working with such an outstanding group of 290 hard-working students,” Stolarik said in a released statement. “We want to increase the intensity of the spirit of our fans while preserving the best of our traditions and seeking ways to continually enhance the performance.

“The band believes in listening to the views of our many fans, and they have asked that we keep our traditional pre-game fanfare. That’s exactly what we are going to do. While we have experimented with alternatives, we also listen carefully to our fans. By listening, we reached the conclusion that we would keep our traditional fanfare.”

Thanks for listening to your fans and keeping the OU tradition intact.

The Sooners start their home slate Aug. 31 hosting Louisiana-Monroe in Norman.