‘Conversations’ with Bob Stoops: Fox’s Joel Klatt on Gus Johnson and a fateful encounter with the 2004 Sooners

‘Conversations’ with Bob Stoops: Fox’s Joel Klatt on Gus Johnson and a fateful encounter with the 2004 Sooners

Conversations with Coach: Fox’s lead college football game analyst shares his perspective on sharing the booth with Johnson, his iconic 2017 call of Hollywood Brown’s Bedlam TD, Klatt’s days quarterbacking Colorado and what Dan Cody said to him before the 2004 Big 12 title game.

Mike Sherman

By Mike Sherman

| Sep 20, 2023, 11:19am CDT

Mike Sherman

By Mike Sherman

Sep 20, 2023, 11:19am CDT

In the latest episode of “Conversations with Coach” for Sellout Crowd, Bob Stoops prompts Fox college football game analyst Joel Klatt to share details from his playing and broadcasting careers that intersect with Oklahoma. Highlights include:

(0:30 mark) What it’s like working with Fox lead college football play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and how he relates it to Stoops’ work with his most talented players. Klatt references Johnson’s iconic November 2017 call of Hollywood Brown’s touchdown reception against Oklahoma State. “I even get caught up in his calls.”

(2:20 mark) Klatt reflects on his transition from professional baseball to college football, including a story about playing baseball in the Class A Pioneer League and a harrowing experience with a beer-drinking team bus driver in the Teton mountain range.

(5:30 mark) Klatt describes the role former Colorado head coach Gary Barnett and offensive coordinator Sean Watson played in his transformation from washed-out professional baseball player to walkon quarterback to the Buffs starter and Fox analyst.

(8:00 mark) Stoops asks Klatt to recount the coin toss before Oklahoma’s 42-3 victory over Klatt’s Colorado team in the 2004 Big 12 title game. “We backed into that game… all of a sudden we’re in the game and you guys were loaded. It was one of the best teams I’ve ever seen or faced.”

Producer: Jacquelyn Musgrove

Creative Director: Michael Lane

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Mike Sherman is the director of content for Sellout Crowd. He spent the majority of his 39 years in journalism at The Oklahoman, first as a sportswriter and then as the sports editor. His staff routinely produced award-winning coverage of the Sooners, Cowboys, Thunder, high school sports and major events. Mike is a past president of the Associated Press Sports Editors. His career includes tenures as the sports editor with the Tampa Bay Times and Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch, an assistant city editor with The Tennessean in Nashville and a reporter for the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa. More recently, he spent three years as executive editor for Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit investigative news organization in Oklahoma City. Mike and his wife, Cathleen, live in Edmond, Oklahoma, where they raised four children. Email Mike at mikesherman@selloutcrowd. Follow him at @MikeSherman on X/Twitter.

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