A decade has passed since Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners last lifted the crystal football.
No one in or around the program saw that coming.
Prior to the 2003 season, the press box at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium was revamped. Just below the top level of windows, the words "NATIONAL CHAMPIONS" are bracketed by each of the seven years the Sooners have worn the crown.
To the left: 1950, 1955, 1956 and 1974.
To the right: 1975, 1985, 2000 and...a blank spot.
Presumably, that vacancy was meant to be filled at the end