The basketball season obviously didn’t end on a high note, but there could actually be some positive news in the works for the Oklahoma Sooners on the hardwood. Aaron Calixte, the graduate transfer point guard out of Maine, will reportedly visit the Oklahoma campus on Friday, April 13th, which is the day before the Sooners’ Spring Game.
Maine grad transfer Aaron Calixte tells me he will visit Oklahoma on April 13th. Immediately eligible.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 28, 2018
After recent transfer announcements from Kameron McGusty and Jordan Shepherd, picking up Calixte — who averaged nearly 17 PPG and was the lone bright spot on a bad Maine team in 2017-18 — would be a win for Lon Kruger and the program. Last evening, Colorado State wing Kris Martin announced a transfer to OU, as well.
Now onto today’s edition of Hot Links! Trae Young is a Consensus First-Team All-American, Broadway Baker is picking up a ton of steam, Dick LeBeau is a dive-bar legend and more!
- Congratulations to Trae Young for becoming a Consensus First Team All-American. This marks just the 11th time a Sooner has made the first teams for the AP, the NABC, Sporting News and the USBWA, and only the second time a Sooner did so as a freshman (Wayman Tisdale was the first). Boomer!
Congratulations to @TheTraeYoung for being named a Consensus First-Team All-American! He is just the second Sooner to earn the honor as a freshman.— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) March 27, 2018
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- There’s been a ton of buzz during NFL league meetings that the New York Jets are extremely high on selecting Baker Mayfield with the third overall pick. Mayfield could provide the spark their offense has been missing over the last few seasons, and although Broadway Joe (Namath) isn’t walking through those doors, Broadway Baker could be.
- Lincoln Riley explains why the choice for Trace Adkins was made and how it should help attract 80,000 fans to the spring game. Okay, Lincoln...
- Jonathan Alvarez spent last season on the sidelines, knowing that just one play could have launched him into action. Now he’s competing for a starting spot on the offensive line, and center is where he has the best chance. The competition, however, has a ton of upside.
- Incoming freshman QB Tanner Mordecai has drawn some lofty comparisons to Oklahoma’s last QB for his hyper competitiveness. Find out a little more about the signal caller from Waco in this interview conducted by Diehards.
- So how exactly does the switch from strong side to weak side benefit linebacker Caleb Kelly? Diehards’ John Shinn explains how the change of positioning should allow Kelly to be more of an every-down playmaker.
- Between college football and college basketball, Oklahoma has been ranked as the No. 8 school for the level of success both programs had this past season. Personally, I think the Sooners should be ahead of Purdue, but these rankings are obviously subjective.
Around the Sports World
- With the latest NFL rule changes to how a catch is determined, how would the results of some of the most controversial plays impact the league if the rules were how they are now back then?
- Which non-power FBS program is the best of all-time, and how do they rank amongst each other? Over the years, there have been some solid teams, including last season’s undefeated UCF.
- This is really cool. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. blasted this walk-off home run, and when you look at it side by side with his father’s, they look nearly identical. Awesome stuff.
ICYMI: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and his father's walk-off homer look oddly familiar. pic.twitter.com/Y5dY1kBXAo— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 28, 2018
- Turns out John Franklin III probably didn’t run the fastest 40 yard-dash in football history. Early this year it was reported (and recorded on video) that Franklin ran a 4.19 40, but recently he has been officially timed around 4.4 range. Still fast, just not all-time fast.
- LeBron James spoke with the media after the Cleveland Cavaliers were dominated by the Miami Heat, and Shaq dubbed his voice over James’. Hilarious stuff right here.
- Dick LeBeau is an NFL legend. He made his mark with some epic defenses as a D-coordinator, but now he’s making his mark as a musician. Man, I didn’t know what to expect when I watched this, but it honestly sounds great. I want to hear more. Encore, LeBeau!
Got to see Dick LeBeau perform one last time in Nashville. Yes, he’s 80, and, yes, he’s an NFL hall-of-famer moonlighting as a self-taught dive bar performer. Salute to the . pic.twitter.com/1L07e7m4KP— Kristen Sheft (@kristensheft) March 27, 2018
Stick to Sports!
- The Mega Millions Jackpot is now over $500 million, which is only the fourth time the popular lottery contest has surpassed half a billion dollars. I wouldn’t even know where to begin if I were to win that money. Actually, I think I may purchase a lotto ticket today, just because. Hey, you gotta be in it to win it, right?
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