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2021 Fall Report: Oklahoma

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Oklahoma’s first national championship changed college softball. That run changed a state’s relationship with a softball team. But it didn’t change either overnight. 

After those upstart Sooners beat Arizona and UCLA in 2000 en route to becoming just the second team outside Arizona or California to win the title, the surge in interest certainly lasted through a packed celebration at Marita Hynes Stadium in the days that followed. 

Yet by that fall, when Josh Heupel embarked on a Heisman finalist campaign that dwarfed the attention paid to Jennifer Stewart or Lisa Carey, football again reigned supreme in Oklahoma minds. Before[…]

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