New Oklahoma Sooners Football Title Released, Proceeds Support Coach Bob Stoops’ Champions Charity
by Sarah Keeney, Marketing Director, Savas Beatie LLC
Wednesday, August 14, 2007
El Dorado Hills, CA August 14, 2007 -- For the authors of University of Oklahoma Football: An Interactive Guide to the World of Sports, it was natural to start their Sports by the NumbersTM series with an OU title. All three authors are graduate students at the University of Oklahoma. They came up with the series idea in a statistics class on the OU campus and then crafted the Sports by the NumbersTM concept at Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q in Norman, OK.
“OU football is one of the elite programs in collegiate athletics,” explains co-author David Horne, “and since we also attend graduate school at OU, it was the obvious choice. Plus,” he continued, “if you spend ten minutes in Norman I guarantee you will see someone wearing a T-shirt that says, ‘I love Bob’ –and that’s just way cool.”
In between classes and exams during the summer of 2006 Horne, Daniel Brush, and Marc Maxwell combed through Sooner football articles, websites, and team data until they realized their list of stories had become a book. University of Oklahoma Football is composed of ten chapters, each offering one hundred numbered “mini-stories”—facts, anomalies, records, coincidences, and enthralling lore and trivia—associated with a number from 1 through 1,000. The book debuted at Sooner Day on campus August 3, where the authors signed hundreds of copies for Sooner fans who flocked to the annual event.
Head Coach Bob Stoops, who wrote the Foreword for the book, liked the book’s number concept. “Long-time Sooner fans will revel in the flood of memories that flow from these pages,” predicted Stoops. “You’ll think back to a defining moment—that favorite player, an afternoon next to the radio, or that special day at Owen Field. And the information contained here is so thorough that you’ll relive those memories many times.”
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book on the Sports by the NumbersTM website, www.sportsbythenumbers.com, will be donated to The Bob Stoops Champions Foundation. The foundation was established in 2000 to assist organizations that help disadvantaged or ill children in the Norman and Oklahoma City areas. A limited number of copies of University of Oklahoma Football signed by Stoops are also available on the website.
University of Oklahoma Football comes alive with the Sports by the NumbersTM interactive concept. Entries throughout the book are tagged with a logo indicating that more information regarding that number, including additional reading material and audio and video clips, is available in “The Locker” section of the website. Brush explains, “Our website is a place where sports fans can go to share their experiences, memories, and love of sports.”
After a successful launch of their first book, the authors are looking forward to many new Sports by the NumbersTM titles debuting in 2008, including NASCAR, Penn State, Notre Dame, the New York Yankees, and more. “No fan will be disappointed—at least that’s our goal,” assured co-author Maxwell. “The SBTN team is working together and with free-lance authors to produce books for nearly every collegiate and professional team. In time, if your team has a sizeable following, there will be a book with a SBTN logo on it. You can count on that.”
For additional information on University of Oklahoma Football, contact Sarah Keeney or visit www.sportsbythenumbers.com
About Savas Beatie LLC:
Savas Beatie LLC is a leading military and general history publishing company.
About University of Oklahoma Football authors Daniel J. Brush, David Horne, and Marc CB Maxwell:
Daniel J. Brush is currently working on his Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma. David Horne is a professional educator and former high school athletic director currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Oklahoma. Marc CB Maxwell is a Ph.D. student at the University of Oklahoma living in Wiesbaden, Germany. He is the author of the forthcoming Surviving Military Separation: 365 Days (Savas Beatie, November 2007).
Sarah Keeney, Marketing Director
Savas Beatie LLC