Bill Haisten: The OU job is a giant, but John Blake wanted his shot at Sooner greatness


A common sight during the 1990s: members of the Tulsa sports media bunched at a Southwest Airlines gate, waiting to board a flight to Love Field.

With regard to the football coverage priorities of the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman and state television stations, the Dallas Cowboys for several years were on a nearly equal status with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and the University of Tulsa.

There were so many Oklahoma connections with the Dallas Cowboys. Dave Wannstedt, Butch Davis and Tony Wise had been Jimmy Johnson assistants at OSU, and they were Dallas assistants when Johnson became Tom Landry’s head-coaching successor in 1989.

The first draft pick of the Jerry Jones era was former Henryetta and Sooner quarterback Troy Aikman. Former OU All-American Tony Casillas had been an unstoppable force at Tulsa’s East Central High School. In Dallas, he was a member of two championship teams.

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