September 3, 2011
Game Day Notebook: Tulsa at Oklahoma
The University of Tulsa kicks off its football season tonight at No. 1 ranked Oklahoma on national television. The Golden Hurricane has a big challenge, but it is one they embrace. Tulsa head coach Bill Blankenship has kept his team focused amid distraction from off-the-field issues.
"The distractions have been minimal to our team and to our coaching staff in terms of all you have to do is put the film on and you get focused pretty quickly," he said. "It's a very good football team, but what we can do is control what we can do and we are focused on taking the best Tulsa team that we can take in.
"Our guys really believe in themselves and each other. They talked about it all summer. We knew adversity was coming, we just didn't know what it was. When you see adversity, that's what you prepare for. You just have to be strong enough to overcome it. I think they've been pretty resilient for the distractions that have been in front of them."
Minimizing mistakes will be key, especially early in the contest.
"You have to prepare in such a way where you don't put yourself behind the eight ball with a mental mistake," said Blankenship. "It's a tough enough environment that you can't help them by lining up wrong or not executing a play, being in the wrong gap on defense, having the wrong coverage. There's not leeway.
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