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Upgraded Sooner Schooner revealed

NORMAN — The Sooner Schooner is ready for action.

After an accident last season left OU searching for a replacement, the new Schooner has been delivered.

A pair of RUF/NEKS — Jared Bush and Ryan Ard — drove the Schooner on Tuesday for the first time after the wagon was delivered from Werner Wagon Works in Horton, Kan.

The new Schooner — the fourth edition of the iconic mascot — was made necessary after a mishap during last year's West Virginia game.

The Sooner Schooner came out for its customary ride on the field following an OU touchdown, but took a turn too sharply and rolled over, sending the riders tumbling to the turf.

The Schooner was sidelined for the rest of the regular season before a repaired version was used in the Big 12 Championship Game — though the Schooner made no turns during its runs there.

The new Schooner has features to lessen the risk of such a mishap, with heavier running gear, wider wheelbase, hydraulic brakes, a lowered driver seat and more space.

The new wagon is wider than third version at 70 inches, shorter at 82 inches and heaver, coming in at 1,020 pounds.

The Sooner Schooner is set to return to its customary role riding on the field in 2020.














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The Sooner Schooner is carried off the field after flipping over during a game between OU and West Virginia at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman on Oct. 19, 2019. Oklahoma won 52-14. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

The Sooner Schooner is carried off the field after flipping over during a game between OU and West Virginia at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman on Oct. 19, 2019. Oklahoma won 52-14. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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