Oklahoma safety Will Sunderland was suspended indefinitely yesterday. We knew then that the punishment stemmed from an arrest warrant issued on June 15th on a charge of concealing stolen property.
According to an affidavit, Sunderland sold an Xbox One and a Playstation 4 (along with games and controllers) to an electronics store in Oklahoma City. The junior out of Midwest City admitted to knowing the property was stolen when he sold it for just under $500.
The Oklahoman’s Brooke Pryor had the scoop:
More info on Will Sunderland arrest: burglary happened in the room of freshmen baseball players Braden Minor and Brady Lindsly #Sooners— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) June 20, 2017
Lincoln Riley has checked a lot of boxes in his short tenure at the helm, but this is the first trouble to crop up since Bob Stoops retired nearly two weeks ago.
Riley swiftly handed down the punishment ahead of the news breaking. It’s safe to say that Sunderland’s status against Ohio State is up in the air.
Sunderland’s father took to Twitter to express support:
I still believe in the Sooners and Sooner Family and #21, I got your back son until the End!!!!! We and God will see this though. Good year pic.twitter.com/w7BBD8SsN0— Wil Sunderland Sr. (@WilSunderland) June 20, 2017
While we don’t know all of the details, this is (to say the least) not a good look for the safety who looked to be a starter at a position of relative weakness for the Sooners.
Without further ado, today’s edition of Hot Links:
- Skip Johnson was introduced as Oklahoma baseball coach today. In case you missed it, check out his opening statement. Remember: Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw credited his success to Johnson.
- 2018 wide receiver Treveon Johnson has been linked to Oklahoma ever since he decommitted from Texas Tech last month. It looks like Johnson is in town today:
- Spencer Rattler, four-star 2018 quarterback, had a visit yesterday. Hey, look, it’s Bob Stoops! He just can’t stay away:
Had a GREAT visit @ OU today ‼️extremely excited pic.twitter.com/L8WXgGJtt6— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) June 19, 2017
- ICYMI: check out Kartik’s top ten of the Stoops era. Make sure to let him know who you’ve got in the comments.
- Lincoln Riley is young for a head coach, but not every coach was given as much responsibility as he was early in his career. This article is an interesting perspective on Riley from a newspaper that covered him while coaching at East Carolina University.
- OU commit Brey Walker — one of the top offensive lineman in the country for 2018 — is switching high schools for his senior season. Walker will be transferring to Westmoore from Southmoore.
- It’s the battle of hand signals we’ve all been waiting for: Kiss (the rock band) versus the University of Texas. On a side note -- how can you trademark a hand signal? A pro-tip: the middle finger is always royalty-free.
- Last season, Nick Saban infamously said, “there were no arguments. Those are called ass-chewings," in reference to a dustup on the sideline between he and then-offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. A new book reveals what that was all about and, more importantly, confirms what we always knew: Kiffin is kind of a jerk.
- Which Big 12 quarterbacks will pass for over 3,000 yards this season?
- Surpisingly, the Cleveland Cavaliers parted ways with GM David Griffin yesterday. If you’re familiar with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, though, perhaps it’s not all that shocking.
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- Fan of Wilco? You won’t want to miss Jeff Tweedy’s performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers: