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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Stength & Conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt reportedly leaving for Texas A&M

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Best of luck to Schmitty!

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How’s it going, Oklahoma fans? Last night, Trae Young and the Sooners defeated another top-10 opponent and the ship has officially been righted (as if it was actually off-course) after the struggles in Morgantown. Meanwhile in football news, it looks like longtime Oklahoma strength and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt is now heading to College Station to join Jimbo Fisher’s staff. Schmitty was originally brought in alongside Bob Stoops back before the 1999 season.

First off, I just want to wish Schmitty all the best of luck in this next chapter of his life. Now, this transition is substantial for a couple reasons. For starters, Coach Schmidt spent 19 seasons in Norman, so that kind of longevity is rare to find these days. Another reason this is a major development is because it allows Lincoln Riley to bring in his own guy. With recruiting already picking up the way it is, combined with the potential to introduce new blood into the player development department, the Sooners could become an entirely new beast in the very near future.

As for the rest of today’s Hot Links, Trae Young is projected to be drafted somewhere around the top five, Baker Mayfield signs with an agent, a dude at the Oklahoma/Tech basketball game takes his shirt off for a half-court shot and more!

OU Links

  • To fully grasp just how special Trae Young is, just watch how opponents guard him. From the way team defenses are being designed to focus on him, to how individual players D him up, Young’s game takes on a whole new appreciation when you see how much he affects the other team.
  • Young is doing things that haven’t been done in forever, if ever. His notoriety and ascension has been remarkable, and he should continue to get better as March approaches.

Around the Sports World

  • Milwaukee Buck Giannis Antetokounmpo pranked rookie guard Sterling Brown, and it was both brutal and buttery. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you rookie hazing at its finest:
  • Jon Gruden’s pressers next season are going to be gold. Just take a look at some of his gems from his introductory press conference. Get ready to see the Raiders on your screen a lot more often, folks.
  • Last season’s full-time starter Jacob Eason is expected to transfer to Washington after suffering a season ending injury in Georgia’s opener and losing his job to true freshman Jake Fromm. Eason was a five-star prospect in the 2016 class.
  • This kid made an incredible shot and his dad totally kept his cool about it. Great stuff.

Stick to Sports!

  • The Bonnaroo lineup was announced yesterday. This festival sold out years ago, but they still manage to bring in a few intriguing acts each year.

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