Welcome to Eyes on Oklahoma! 👀
A new era of OU football newsgathering.
Hello and welcome to Eyes on Oklahoma, a no-nonsense (OK maybe a little nonsense) newsletter providing an easy-to-digest breakdown of all the happenings around Oklahoma Sooner football.
You don’t have time to scour Twitter all day for the latest OU news — or maybe you do. But why not have a stranger provide you with a cheat code to staying up-to-date on your favorite team without having to do all the work yourself?
Subscribers will receive a fresh newsletter on Monday, Wednesday and Friday FOR FREE each week. First one goes out Monday, Aug. 30.
There is also a premium version of the newsletter, which will get you all of that plus non-newsy articles like our weekly recruiting recap (a TL;DR breakdown of OU’s efforts on the crootin’ trail) and various special projects (Legend’s Series podcast, open records requests, Heisman Evolution 2.0?, etc.) we plan to roll out.
If you care to throw a few bucks to this Substack, know that it will be greatly appreciated and I will do everything I can to make your investment worth it.
Why are you doing this?
This move might seem odd coming off of my stint as the Norman Transcript’s sports editor. Why leave the OU football beat to ultimately start an OU football newsletter?
Well, I care a lot about OU football. I also care a lot about writing. When I left The Transcript, I never intended to stop writing, I just wanted a life where I had more time for family and friends, and to take care of my own mental health.
So, now that I’m settled into my post-newspaperman life, I find myself wanting to offer something of value to OU football fans, something unique that I hope will help casual fans understand the program better and the diehards to fill more of the day with OU football content.
Why are you doing it like this?
Well, this was actually born from sending my grandmother, an avid OU fan and longtime season-ticket holder, regular updates on the team, while I was still a beat writer. I just left out a lot of the fluff that comes with trying to fill an eight-page sports section.
That’s what I’m hoping to provide to you as well. An easy-to-read newsletter that cuts back on the not-so-important stuff but also gives the necessary context that might not be so obvious to the folks who have too much in their day-to-day to think about OU football as often as me, and several others, do.
I just want to work for you, as I always have over my journalism career, and I can’t wait to get started.
Congrats Joe. Excited about the content!!