Sooners add Cincy to 2008 schedule

8-7-07 - The University of Oklahoma and Cincinnati have signed a contract for a home-and-home series, beginning with the 2008 campaign.

The Bearcats will travel to Norman on Sept. 6, 2008 to begin the series and will host the Sooners on September 25, 2010 at Paul Brown Stadium, the home facility for the Cincinnati Bengals. The two schools have never met on the gridiron.

"We are pleased to have this agreement in place,” said OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione. “Cincinnati's program is moving in a positive direction and we know that these will be competitive games. We're also excited that the game in Ohio affords us the opportunity to take Bob Stoops back to his home state while introducing our team to another NFL venue."

UC representatives said that they also are delighted with the agreement.

“If we expect Bearcats football to be a national presence and compete in the BCS, we need to play nationally recognized programs,” stated head coach Brian Kelly. “Bob Stoops won a national championship in 2000 and has earned four Big 12 Conference titles over the last seven years at Oklahoma. This is an opportunity for UC to play at the highest level and host a BCS program in an NFL venue.”

UC Director of Athletics Mike Thomas added, “This series is important for our student-athletes, coaches and fans. This is the type of game our fans want to see. Our student-athletes appreciate the opportunity to play on a national stage and our coaches enjoy lining up against top-quality competition. This will be an opportunity for national exposure for our program and allows us to extend beyond the BIG EAST footprint.”

Oklahoma is about to finalize its 2008 schedule and Castiglione said he hopes to announce the slate soon.

The 2007 Sooners are prepping for their first game which takes place Sept. 1 in Norman. North Texas is the opponent.