Hello once again, friends and fans of the Oklahoma Sooners. For all the grief Mike Stoops receives for his defenses’ performances, he does have some positive qualities. With the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout still ongoing, Stoops opened up about why he personally feels so strongly about the issue. I think it’s important for people like Stoops, with the platform they have, to publicly discuss these issues, and he certainly brings a unique perspective to the table. It impacts everybody in one way or another, either directly or indirectly.
Mike Stoops gets real while talking about the #OklahomaTeachersWalkout — his father was a teacher who had to work five jobs to support his family. Stoops stopped short of attributing that to his early death, but he clearly saw the impact. pic.twitter.com/vEJWZS0Q5q— Matt Ravis (@mattravis) April 4, 2018
Now onto today’s edition of Hot Links. Freshman receiver Jaqualyn Crawford is said to have speed comparable to Hollywood Brown, Oklahoma schedules FCS opponent Missouri State for 2020, Jack Nicklaus’ grandson sinks a touching hole-in-one and more!
- Trae Young showed his support for Oklahoma Teachers with this t-shirt. It’s a local issue that’s certainly gone national, and the discussion is picking up steam.
- Lincoln Riley has the keys to one of the best offenses in the game today, so who better to ask about Baker Mayfield’s amount of offensive responsibility than Riley?
- Outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons spoke about early enrollee Jaqualyn Crawford. Simmons compared Crawford’s speed to that of Marquise Brown, and if Crawford has wheels like that, the future continues to look bright for the Oklahoma receiving corps.
- Oklahoma has reportedly scheduled a home game against FCS member Missouri State for 2020. I’ll be honest, I completely dislike everything about this idea. When strength of schedule is as vital as it is in the race for the CFP, this will do nothing but take away from the Sooners’ resume.
- Is Oklahoma softball the new UConn women’s basketball as far as dominance is concerned? It seems to be trending in that direction.
Mind-blowing stat of the day: During @OU_Softball's 22-game win streak, the Sooners have outscored opponents, 172-15.— NFCA (@NFCAorg) April 4, 2018
- Speaking of the softball team, head coach Patty Gasso and pitching coach Melyssa Lombardi have been named coaches of the 2018 Women’s National Softball Team. Congratulations, coaches!
- Class of 2020 four-star cornerback RJ Mickens hasn’t even started his junior year of high school, but he’s already received offers to play for some of the top programs in college football. In this interview with Dallas Morning News, Mickens talked about how recruiting has gone for him so far, which teams and coaches have stood out, and why he’s so high on Oklahoma.
- Speaking of recruiting, check out RJ’s chat with OU signee DaShaun White if you haven’t already.
Around the Sports World
- Probably the coolest thing I’ve seen all year. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus participated at the Masters Par-3 Contest with his 15 year-old grandson, G.T., as his honorary caddie. G.T. gave it a swing just for fun, and what happened next couldn’t have been scripted any better. Incredible moment to witness.
- Tiger Woods is back at the Masters, and the possibility of him winning this one is just one of 50 reasons why this years Masters could be the best one ever.
- Brock Lesnar is returning to the UFC? When can I order this pay-per-view event? Sign me up for some Brock Lesnar. The dude is a real-life monster.
- The Houston Rockets think they’re sneaky, but this guy was totally planted there on purpose. No way some usher at a sporting event has moves like this. No way. That backflip was all I needed to be convinced of my theory.
- Tony Finau hit a hole-in-one at the Masters Par-3 Contest, and he celebrated like any sane person would. The problem: his ankle didn’t feel like cooperating. Ouch!
Good grief, Tony Finau wrecked his ankle celebrating a hole in one pic.twitter.com/8o7JxVi3xQ— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) April 4, 2018
Stick to Sports!
- The Medieval Fair is back! From April 6th through the 8th, come check out all sorts of medieval themed vendors and artisans right here in Norman at Reaves Park. Oh, and don’t forget the people watching! Parking is just $5 and admission is free.
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