OU Blurs Windows Over Football Practice Field, Parents Upset

Monday, August 10th 2020, 6:33 pm
By: Karl Torp

NORMAN, Okla. -

For the first time, the University of Oklahoma is blurring the windows of dorm rooms so nobody can spy on the Sooner football team at practice.

Crews have applied a special opaque film to 54 windows on the 3rd through 5th floors of both Headington and Dunham Colleges.

Both colleges are across the street from OU’s outdoor practice facility.

The special film blurs the windows, but still allows light in the rooms.

In a letter to affected students, Head Football Coach Lincoln Riley said, "While I don't think very many people would intentionally expose our student-athletes to a competitive disadvantage, it would only take one instance to create an unfavorable situation.”

Parent Kelly Black is upset the university didn’t inform students until Friday evening, after it was too late to make other living arrangements.

Black’s son moves into Headington College on Wednesday. Three of his five classes have moved online.

“He knew he was going to be spending a lot of time in his dorm room online for those classes,” said Black, who pays more than $6,000 a semester for her son’s room and board.

Affected students are being offered a free football and basketball season ticket for staying in their dorm rooms.

Students were given until 5 p.m. Monday to agree to stay in their rooms or have the university find them another dorm room.

“What kind of compensation are we really going to get, especially if there is no football season,” added Black.

The Edmond mother said she’s been unsuccessful in finding other housing in the past couple days and will likely keep the dorm room for her son.

On Monday afternoon, a university spokesperson confirmed to News 9 that even if the football season is canceled, the opaque film will remain on the windows.