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“Mike had a great deal of influence on game-planning and game-day play-calling,” said Venables. “It’s another set of eyes, informed input. … Hopefully, I’ve been paying attention for the last 10 years that he and I have been working together, so that between myself, Mike, Bob and the rest of our staff, we’ll get by.”

If Oklahoma doesn’t get by LSU, it will be impossible not to wonder whether Stoops hurt two programs with his presence in New Orleans.