Wann Smith’s “Wish Bone: OU Football 1959-1985”
How a Power Formation Revitalized The OU Powerhouse
Put the quarterback under center, stick a fullback behind him and two tailbacks a step behind and to either side, and then watch the rushing yardage pile up. OU ran the formation better than anyone else, and its success came to symbolize the program’s return to gridiron glory – a return chronicled in “Wishbone” as author Wann Smith uses firsthand accounts to lavishly reconstruct decades of football dominance engineered and executed by names like Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer, Jack Mildren, Little Joe Washington and Billy Sims. On September 7, before the stars of today host West Virginia, Smith will be in Norman signing copies of his opus at Barnes and Noble and the OU bookstore. Boomer!