Happy Tuesday afternoon, Sooner fans!
The Sooners have swept the male and female Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year awards, given to athletes who exemplify an “extraordinary degree of sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement.” The winners are chosen by a media panel.
The two Sooner winners are running back Samaje Perine and cross country runner Bryce Perry.
Perine won the award not just for his now-famous Bedlam kneel, but for his off-the-field community contributions and academic achievement as well. His award should fit nicely alongside the Athletic Director's Leadership award he won for the 2016-17 season.
Perry similarly impacted her community and excelled in the classroom. She also overcame injury and illness to return back to the course only to disregard her race time to help out a TCU runner who had collapsed with exhaustion. They crossed the finish line together.
It always makes me feel better to know that Oklahoma athletes care so much about making change and being positive role models. Great stuff.
Without further ado, today’s edition of Hot Links:
- THIS IS NOT A DRILL. We’re going to see another big recruiting announcement today:
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) June 27, 2017
- USA Today penned an excellent piece on the footsteps Riley is following in. Some great insight here.
- Sooner softball ace Paige Parker dishes some nasty stuff, but we already knew that. Upon meeting her, the Kansas City Royals quickly learned that there’s nothing soft about softball:
Safe to say the @Royals were impressed when @paigeparker008 warmed up last week before her first pitch.— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) June 27, 2017
Full story: https://t.co/KFOsYUgacO pic.twitter.com/hYuVe0i926
- OU football players (and other student-athletes) have been traveling to Haiti for years now. Former center Ty Darlington wrote a beautiful piece on what the annual trip means to him, and some of the big cultural differences between Haiti and home. It’s a nice bit of perspective.
- Preseason AP polls are bound to over-rank a team or two. It happens every year. The good news? Texas made the list quite a bit. The bad? So did OU.
- Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook won the NBA MVP last night after a season in which he averaged a triple-double. Last night, we got to see the real Russ — the emotional, humble, thankful, and graceful Russ. It was a wonderful moment.
- Dallas Cowboys rookie Taco Charlton has finally gotten his taco-based endorsement, landing a spot with Taco Bueno. Some things are just meant to be.
- Northwestern is closer to a Big Ten divisional title than you might think, Bill Connelly writes.
- In case you were wondering what Vince Young was up to (I know, C&C Machine readers are just DYING for that info): he’s attempting a CFL comeback and just applied for a “Make Vince Great Again” trademark, which is totally normal and not weird at all.
‘STICK TO SPORTS!’
- Xiu Xiu’s take on ZZ Top’s Sharp Dressed Man is equal parts weird, awesome, and dramatic: