Hundreds Of OU Students Athletes Get Connected For Professional Future

Monday, February 28th 2011, 10:19 pm
By: News 9

Gan Matthews, News 9

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- The University of Oklahoma has several hundred student athletes, and most of them will be going pro in something besides sports.

That's why every year OU holds an Athletics Career Fair for all of them. Dozens of companies set up recruitment booths Monday morning in the Kerr-McGee Lounge at Memorial Stadium.

"We put this on because student athletes do not always have the time to career events on campus. It's a great opportunity for them to really just learn what they want to do after sports," said Stephen Porlier, OU Athletic Program.

Freshman football player Justin McCay checked out several of the booths.

"People say to make connections it's not what you know but who you know sometimes," McCay said.

Women's basketball player Joannna MacFarland is majoring in biochemistry, so she was looking for a pharmaceutical company but without success.

"I know last year at the career fair they did have a pharmaceutical company, but I don't see one this year," McFarland said.

Carl Pendleton is a poster boy for the career fair. A few years ago he played football for OU, and with the help of the fair he's now a Norman Police officer.

"To bring the career fair here specifically for us and careers that we're interested in is one of the important things for student athletes," Pendleton said.