Happy Friday, Sooner nation! I’ve gotten lots of great feedback on my piece about the Bob Stoops brand of loyalty since publishing yesterday. If you missed it, definitely give it a read and drop a line in the comments section, tweet us (@ccmachine), or my personal account (@mattravis).
Without further ado:
- Jake Trotter penned an excellent piece on the wild ride that is Baker Mayfield’s career so far.
- Jordan Parker had a chance to step up in a struggling secondary last year. This year, though, he’ll have a little competition. Ryan Aber and Brooke Pryor discuss that and more in their OU football journal.
- Cody Stavenhagen writes a bit more about the secondary, particularly the safety spot. Both Jordan Parker and Justin Broiles have been getting a lot of hype from beat writers so far.
- Oklahoma has traditionally fielded a powerhouse defense, but the spread/air raid offenses de jure of the Big 12 have made it nigh impossible to stop. Yes, OU’s defense was relatively soft last season. They’re trying to get back to the glory days.
- Replacing Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine is no small task. Trey Sermon is going to try his damnedest, though.
- Sam Ponder will be leaving College Gameday to cover the NFL. Good luck to Mrs. Ponder in her future endeavors!
- Who are college football’s biggest fair weather fans? Sooner fans will find a delightful surprise in the top five.
- Surprise! LaVar Ball,
helicopterfather of three incredibly talented sons, has made controversy yet again. This time, it’s for undermining the coach of his sons’ high school basketball team.
- Mike Rutherford wraps up the best (and worst) from yesterday’s Sweet 16 matchups.
‘STICK TO SPORTS!’
- Holy hell, Batman! Two titans of the music industry, Kendrick Lamar and The Gorillaz, have dropped new music. While Kendrick only hinted at an April 7th release for his new album in his new song, The Gorillaz have given a concrete April 28th date for their new album. Mount Eerie released a devastating new album today. Listener beware: this one’s a sad, sad doozy.