One New Year’s wish involves the late Gene Corrotto, who passed away in November at age 93. The Arkansas native and former OU football captain helped establish Norman High as a prep football power during his time as head coach there from 1958-73.
Like most coaches from his era, Corrotto did everything from call offensive plays on Friday nights to mow the stadium grass on his off days. In his case, Corrotto literally laid the sod by hand when NHS erected its then-new football stadium back in the early Sixties.
Harve Collins Stadium is named for the former NHS graduate who donated the money that paid for construction of the facility. Corrotto’s name is on the football field house that houses the locker and weight rooms, but what better way to pay tribute to the legendary figure than to name the field in his honor?
Staying in the facility mode, here’s hoping T. Boone Pickens and the Gaylord family join forces to parlay their great wealth into helping find a cure for cancer, instead of trying to one-up each other for the number of buildings they can pay Oklahoma State and the University of Oklahoma to put their respective names on. “Jay C. Upchurch