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Oklahoma, Blake Bell catch Sooners fans with April Fools prank

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

There was a moment on Tuesday when Oklahoma football fans thought the Belldozer was back.

The official Twitter account of Oklahoma football shared an update that teased Blake Bell's move from tight end back to quarterback, where he spent the first three years of his OU career bowling over defenders as a productive short-yardage and goal line rushing threat.

In a smooth slight of hand, the image changes when you click, open or choose to embed.

Elsewhere in April Fools Day fun, Houston coach Tony Levine issued a press release to welcome transfer offensive lineman Ben Dew. The release looks legit, until you see Sidd Finch's name and remember that Levine really likes pranks on April 1.

"We are really excited about adding a student-athlete of Ben's caliber to our program," said Levine. "Ben's full name backwards is "Wed Neb," which everyone knows is short for "Wednesday Nebraska," so we've got that going for us, which is nice."

Dew comes from an athletic background, as his second cousin is former New York Mets pitcher Sidd Finch. Like Finch, Dew plays the French horn.

Ben Dew is an acutal offensive lineman recruited to Houston by new offensive line coach Gordy Shaw. He will graduate from Hawaii in May and join the Cougars with two years of eligiblity left. He is not, however, related to the fictional baseball player Sidd Finch that was created by Sports Illustrated's George Plimpton for the April 1, 1985 issue.

No ruling from the jury on whether "Wed Neb" is short for "Wednesday Nebraska," but it sounds like Levine also used a Caddyshack reference in his statement, which may or may not come with a bowl of soup.

Previous April Fools pranks from Levine at Houston include changing the school's logo and switching then-starting running back Charles Sims to defense.

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