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The wacky tie between OU football and Wichita Falls

J.T. Barrett is coming home Saturday.

Oh, OK, it may be a stretch to stay that about Saturday night's game in Norman, but as I wrote Friday, the Ohio State quarterback is from suburban Oklahoma. His hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas, is practically in Oklahoma, sitting less than 10 miles from the state line.

But he didn't end up at OU.

Very few football players from Wichita Falls have, which is odd seeing as how Norman is an easy two-hour drive away.

But in researching Wichita Falls products who became Sooners, OU football historian Mike Brooks told me about a wacky tie between the Sooners and the Texas city.

I'll try not to confuse you, but frankly, what I'm about to share is pretty darn confusing.

A player named Joe Golding was a Sooner in the 1940s. He came to Norman from Eufaula, then went into the military during World War II but returned to campus and football after his service.

That Joe Golding had a brother also named Joe Golding. Told you this might be confusing, but this is where the OU-Wichita Falls tie comes in. The Joe Golding who didn't play at OU became the football coach at Wichita Falls High, and during a 15-year career there, he became a legend. Four state titles. An overall record of 152-26-2. He capped his career with a 14-0 undefeated state title in 1961 and never coached high school football after that.

He was a big reason why in 2000, Texas Monthly magazine declared Wichita Falls High as its top prep program in the Lone Star State for the previous century.

Joe Golding the legendary high school coach was known by many as "Rack" because his dad owned a pool hall back in Eufaula.

His dad's name: Joe Golding.

Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›

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