University of Oklahoma Athletics
The University of Oklahoma (OU) is the state of Oklahoma's largest university and the flagship institution of its state-funded schools. The school is located in the college town of Norman, about 30 minutes south of Oklahoma City. Founded in 1890, the school has over 31,000 students and offers 152 baccalaureate degrees, 160 master's programs, and 75 doctorate programs. OU offers an impressive number of National Merit Scholars, ranking first in the country in public universities. Students come to OU from all 50 states and over 100 countries. Standouts in OU's academic profile are its programs in weather, petroleum engineering, and international business.
Oklahoma's mascot is the Sooners, which is a nod to the early settlers who came to the state during the Land Rush of 1889. The school has adopted crimson and cream as its official colors. The official fight song is the well-known "Boomer Sooner". The Sooner football team competes in the massive Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, an on-campus facility that seats over 86,000 fans. The basketball teams play at Lloyd Noble Arena. Joe Castiglione has served as OU's Director of Athletics since 1998 and has 17 national titles under his watch.
OU is one of ten members of the Big 12 Conference. Other members of this conference are Baylor University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, The University of Kansas, Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas, and West Virginia University. OU fields teams in 19 men's and women's varsity sports. Oklahoma's main rivals are in-state foe Oklahoma State and border rival Texas. The school also shared a historic and heated rivalry with The University of Nebraska when they both competed in the former Big 8 Conference. Oklahoma has enjoyed much success over the years in football with seven national titles and the most recent one coming in 2000. The football program also boasts six Heisman Trophy winners, including the recent 2017 winner Baker Mayfield. The men's and women's gymnastics teams have won a combined 14 national titles. Other sports with national titles are baseball (2), softball (4), wrestling (7), and men's golf (2).