Good afternoon, Sooner Nation!
Good news and bad news often come in pairs. I’ll give you the bad first:
Raiders S Ahmad Thomas notified of release after minicamp. DL Jordan Wade also expected to be waived, sources said. Ex-Oklahoma teammates.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) May 8, 2017
On a much more positive note, Field Yates has reported that Charles Walker has found a new home in Philadelphia.
Source: former Oklahoma DT Charles Walker is signing with the Eagles. Talented dude who gets a shot in Philly.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 8, 2017
Remember — Mel Kiper said Walker would have been a first round pick if he hadn’t left Oklahoma early. The New Orleans signing apparently didn’t materialize, but now it’s about getting to work and proving his worth to the Eagles.
Without further ado:
- 2018 cornerback Starrland Baldwin has released his list of top schools, and it comes as no surprise that the Sooners made the cut.
- The Sooners have not put a player into the first round of the NFL draft for four years. With Orlando Brown eligible to leave after the coming season, that drought will likely end.
- A four-star corner is eying the Sooners after decommitting from Notre Dame. Kalon Gervin is an athletic freak, as evidenced by his highlight reel.
- Jamal Bieniemy, a four-star shooting guard in the 2018 class from Katy, Texas announced his commitment to the Sooners yesterday. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because his uncle Eric ran all over the Sooners in his days as a Colorado Buffalo.
- With the 2016 national championship, the Sooners made a Champ of their own. Gracie Champ, that is, daughter of assistant coaches J.T. and Andrea Gasso.
- Devon Perez led OU baseball to a shutout in six innings of work against in Manhattan yesterday. The Sooners clinched the series, avoiding what would have been a bad loss.
- Redskins coach Jay Gruden has high praise for Samaje Perine thus far — not that it’s any surprise to us.
- Dillon Overton, a former Sooner and current Seattle Mariners pitcher, made his first MLB start yesterday.
- With the amount of money that’s tied up in college football, it’s no surprise that politics enter the fold at times. Bill Snyder would like to see his son (and appointed coach-in-waiting) Sean take the reigns after he retires. Kansas State’s administration may have other plans.
- It’s officially official: the new 72 hour winter signing period has been given final approval. Bob Stoops has been vocal about his support for the signing period in the past, and it makes sense — this should be a net positive his recruiting efforts.
- Some sad news out of Arkansas: Rawleigh Williams III (second in rushing yards in the SEC last season) has decided to hang it up after sustaining a second neck injury in the Razorbacks’ spring game.
One of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make, but I'll continue to live by Proverbs 3:5-6. WPS. https://t.co/cD78ATLAzX— Rawleigh III 22 (@The3rdRawleigh) May 8, 2017
- This one’s slightly NSFW — is this Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain laying nude on top of a dead shark? (I honestly can’t believe I just typed that sentence.)
‘STICK TO SPORTS!’
- Check out the trailer for Blade Runner 2049, which, dare I say, looks incredible:
- Broken Social Scene, the band that may or may not contain about half of Canada’s population, has announced their first album in seven years.