Hello, friends and fans! It was a very compelling weekend for the Oklahoma Sooners across the board. The men’s basketball team finished the regular season on a winning note, the softball team swept its first home stand, the baseball team fell one game short of sweeping Alabama, and the Sooners at the NFL Combine wrap things up today.
In Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology update, the Oklahoma Sooners are in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed and would play No. 7 Texas A&M. Winning the Bedlam matchup at the Big 12 Tournament this week could go a long way towards improving Oklahoma’s seeding, but it won’t be known for sure until this Sunday. Another thing to consider is Oklahoma’s effort to avoid involvement in the Dayton play-in games, as a win on Wednesday would likely distance the Sooners from that. You can also check out CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm’s bracket, where the Sooners are also a 10 seed and playing in Detroit.
Speaking of the NFL Combine, Baker Mayfield met up with Steve Mariucci at the whiteboard to talk some football. It wasn’t a sit-down special with Jon Gruden, but it’s great television nevertheless, and Mariucci clearly liked what he saw from Mayfield. You can tell Mayfield understands football at a deep level. It’s an aspect of his game that hasn’t been talked about enough.
Of course, at this stage of the game, everything is talked about relentlessly. In this case it’s a good thing, because ever since Mayfield has had the opportunity to talk with these NFL guys one-on-one, it’s become apparent that Mayfield’s knowledge of the game is more advanced than the rest of the top QBs.
#NFLCombine - a GM told me #BakerMayfield football IQ is “off the charts”, Darnold, Rosen excellent, Rudolph very good, Allen was so so, long way to go. Jackson is a project at the white board by comparison— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) March 3, 2018
This kind of thing may have draft analysts reconsidering where each of the top QBs will land. No matter how the rest shake up, Mayfield has definitely strengthened his case as a top QB in this draft.
Now onto the Hot Links! Find out which former Sooners were groomsmen at Sterling Shepard’s wedding, which top recruits are considering Oklahoma after narrowing down their choices, how fast Roger Goodell can run 40 yards in a suit and in an office and more!
- Congratulations to Sterling Shepard for getting married to the beautiful and talented Chanel Iman! What an awesome Sooner.
- And Shepard wasn’t the only former Sooner in the ceremony. Kenny Stills, Zack Sanchez, Durron Neal and Eric Striker were all groomsmen, along with New York Giants receivers Otto Lewis and Odell Beckham Jr. All these guys are studs. Be proud, Sooner Nation.
- Trae Young spoke about winning Big 12 Freshman of the Year and not winning Big 12 Player of the Year. It’s a shame that the award is so predicated on team results, but no matter how much stock is put into them, wins eventually have to count for something. Objectively speaking, I still would have voted for Trae over everybody else.
#Sooners PG Trae Young: "It's an honor to be (Big 12) freshman of the year. I'm disappointed I didn't get player of the year. I know winning matters. I wish we could have won more games." pic.twitter.com/Jvx9MnkPge— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) March 5, 2018
- So between Wayman Tisdale and Trae Young, which Sooner had the best freshman season? Tisdale’s Sooners finished second in the conference, but Young may have a slight statistical edge. Young’s season isn’t over yet, either. A strong finish in the post-season could solidify his case for best freshman season ever for an Oklahoma Sooner.
- Kyler Murray still has a quarterback job to lock down, but for now he’s focused on baseball. Compared to last season, Murray is more comfortable on the field and is playing with a lot more confidence, especially when he’s at bat.
- Class of 2019 four-star safety Jamal Morris out of Richmond, Texas has narrowed his list of potential destinations to LSU, Oklahoma and Texas, in no particular order. Morris is scheduled to visit Norman on April 13th, the weekend of the Sooners’ Spring Game.
Came too far to look back now ... pic.twitter.com/9vJFvxwFk9— Jamal Morris (@KinngMorris) March 4, 2018
- Garrett Wilson is another four-star prospect who has narrowed his choices down, and Oklahoma looks to be a solid contender so far. Wilson is from Austin, Texas, aka Longhorn Country, but he plays for Lake Travis, which is the same high school that produced Sooner legend Baker Mayfield.
Around the Sports World
- Butch Jones was fired 113 days ago, but his picture on the outside of the stadium’s jumbotron wasn’t taken down until today. C’mon, Tennessee.
- Former Florida State safety Derwin James is confident that he will be drafted within the top 10 of the first round. It’s a bold prediction, but it isn’t entirely out of the question. His size-speed combination is otherworldly.
- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ran an unofficial 5.41 in an office 40. The time is highly suspect, but even if it’s anywhere close, that’s impressive, given the conditions.
- When Kyrie Irving found out he was being traded from Cleveland to Boston, he was in the middle of filming a scene for his upcoming movie Uncle Drew, and he was absolutely ecstatic. Too bad there isn’t any footage of that moment somewhere. It would be gold.
- Kobe Bryant now has an Academy Award for his animated short film Dear Basketball. That’s all kinds of awesome. What will Kobe do next?
Stick to Sports!
- Elgin, Oklahoma’s Shawn Terrado has won the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee and is moving on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May. I’m happy for Terrado’s success, but I’m still salty about losing a spelling bee when I was 13 due to my overconfidence. My word was ‘baste’, but instead of asking for the definition, I thought the teacher said ‘based’, and went for it. And that, my friends, is how the cookie crumbles.
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