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OU football: Sooners staying engaged when in quarantine

NORMAN — Sooners offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh was careful not to say why several of his players had missed practice time recently, though he talked Wednesday generally about the challenges of coaching during the COVID-19 pandemic and about the ways the Sooners were keeping players who had tested positive for the virus engaged during their quarantine periods.

“For whatever reason, they can Zoom call into the meeting so they’re engaged with every meeting,” Bedenbaugh said. “I talk to those guys every single day, I have them watch tape. The guys that aren’t here, they can watch practice, Zoom, watch practice and then they watch it on their own.

“Is it a challenge? Yes. But it is what it is. You’ve got to deal with it. Those guys, even though they’re not here, have got got to continue to mentally improve.”

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Bill Bedenbaugh, co-offensive coordinator/offensive line for Oklahoma, watches during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Texas Tech University at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Oklahoma won 55-16. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Bill Bedenbaugh, co-offensive coordinator/offensive line for Oklahoma, watches during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Texas Tech University at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Oklahoma won 55-16....

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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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