QUAPAW ó Oklahoma quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel hasnít paid a whole lot of attention to the buzz about the future of the Big 12 Conference.
"To be honest, I donít pay a lot of attention to it," he said Monday morning during a break in the Day of Champions football camp. "I hear others talking about it. Itís out of our control what happens."
Late Monday, the issue was resolved when Texas said it was staying put. OU, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M then pledged to remain in the Big 12.
Heupel has been helping his dad, Ken, with the Day of Champions camps the past five years.
This was the second year for the free camp, sponsored by Downstream Casino Resort, to be held here.
Mondayís session had 125 in attendance. It wrapped up this afternoon.
"Itís been a lot of fun and we have a lot of great coaches," the younger Heupel said. "I enjoy working with young people. The group itself really likes to get together and work with the kids."
A transfer from Snow (Utah) College, Josh Heupel was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2000. He also was the AP Player of the Year and won the Walter Camp Award in 2000.
Heupel led the Sooners to an undefeated regular season and a national championship victory over Florida State in the 2001 Orange Bowl.
Heís been the Soonersí quarterback coach since 2006, tutoring Heisman Trophy winners Jason White and Sam Bradford.
"Weíre giving the kids some skills on the football field that really can relate to any sport," Heupel said. "We are trying to instill some skills and characteristics, allowing them to be successful in life. These are skills that will take them through high school, on and off the field, into college then into the business world.
"Weíre trying to teach something that will stick with them for the rest of their lives."
The elder Heupel, a former head coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., launched the Day of Champions as a division of the #14 Foundation that Josh started while still in college.
It has branched out to offer clinics in fast-pitch softball and cheerleading.