All Oklahoma Sooners softball Patty Gasso has done so far this season is put together a 29-2 record with a No. 2-ranking. At some point, we need to begin thinking about giving her defensive coordinator Mike Stoops’ checks. I’m kidding, of course. Or am I?
In an age where Oklahoma Sooners football can’t seem to get over the hump of winning a College Football Playoff semifinal game and Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger couldn’t figure out how to fix a team with the country’s best scorer as his point guard, it is time—once again—we all genuflect towards Gasso.
At Oklahoma, we like conference titles. We like knowing some of the men who compete on our gymnastics team also compete for Olympic gold. We like knowing if a person chooses to play basketball at Oklahoma, and they’ll have an opportunity to become a professional basketball player. We love knowing that if you choose to play football at Oklahoma you stand a chance of playing in the NFL. But we crave national championships. And Gasso satisfies that craving.
Three of her four national titles have come in the last five years. She’s right on track to perform a three-peat. And in the process? She’s recruited hall of famers.
Lauren Chamberlain—LoJACK—hit an NCAA-record 95 home runs and slugged .960 while at OU. Keilani Ricketts is the best two-way softball player in history. The only comparable program to Patty Gasso’s Oklahoma is Geno Auriemma’s UConn women’s basketball program. Many times it’s not a question about whether or not either one of those teams is going to win. It’s just by how many. Both programs routinely make up a large chunk of their respective national teams, and both programs have carried the school through rough times in both football and basketball.
At some point, Gasso will stop coaching. When she does, we must retire her jersey, make her a statue and shed a tear. We are blessed to call her a Sooner.
10 IDEAS FOR TRACE ADKINS’ AT THE SPRING GAME
· Perform a cover of Kendrick Lamar’s Back Seat Freestyle.
· Perform a cover of Drake’s Started from the Bottom.
· Perform a cover of Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow.
· Don’t sing any Trace Adkins songs.
· Have a wardrobe malfunction.
· Use the stage to request Mike Stoops’ resignation — immediately.
· Use the stage to request that high-point beer be sold at home games (IN ALL SECTIONS).
· Don’t reference the Rose Bowl.
· When you see Patty Gasso, kiss the ring.
· Don’t ask any recruits if they know who you are. Could be super awkward.
3 QUESTIONS WITH AUSTIN STOGNER
In the course of an interview with Sooners 2019 tight end commit Austin Stogner, I discovered he’s up to 235 pounds to further fill out his 6-foot-6 frame and wears a size 15 shoe. And, yes, his mama has a hard time keeping grocery in the house. Here are three of the questions I asked him.
RJ: What was the thing that pushed you to commit to Oklahoma?
AUSTIN STOGNER: Just the feel up there. They’re like family. Every place I visited—I visited 17 places—I thought about Oklahoma and how I would rather be there. That’s why I committed.
RJ: What are your impressions of OU coach Lincoln Riley and assistant Shane Beamer?
STOGNER: They’re down-to-earth. They’re not flashy guys that are just trying to recruit you and use you. That’s what I like about them.
RJ: What are you most excited about?
STOGNER: I’m just really excited to get up there and play. I want to make a name for myself.