Crimson 38-yard-line to honor first black Sooner

Updated: October 18, 2006, 9:54 AM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma received permission from the NCAA to mark the field at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium this weekend to pay tribute to its first black football player, the late Prentice Gautt.

The university said it plans to place a solid crimson line on the 38-yard line from sideline to sideline for Saturday's game against Colorado. Oklahoma officials said that Colorado also approved the plan.

Gautt wore jersey No. 38 for Oklahoma, and that number was not issued to a player this season.

More than 30 players from the school's 1956 team -- on which Gautt played for coach Bud Wilkinson -- will be honored at halftime.

Gautt, the 1959 Orange Bowl MVP, played seven seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Cardinals and later coached at Missouri.

Gautt died in March 2005 from flu-like symptoms at age 67.


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