Happy Friday, friends and fans of the Oklahoma Sooners! Over the years, Sooner Nation has seen plenty of upstanding student-athletes who have represented this university with class and high character. Trae Young is one of those exemplary individuals who does things the right way off the court, and here’s the latest example of that.
Caleb Freeman is a young Sooner fan who was on his way to watch Trae Young play last fall, but unfortunately was involved in a car accident that left him hospitalized. Young heard about Caleb’s story and reached out to him, and even gave him the pair of shoes he wore during the Northwestern State game. If you recall, that was the game Trae Young tied the NCAA record for the most assists in a single game (22).
This guy Caleb Freeman is a warrior!! He was on his way to watch me play for the 1st time when he got in a major car accident... this kid has battled & battled and I’m so glad I was able to help put a smile on his face by giving him some gifts & my 22 Assist game shoes pic.twitter.com/NO7Jv3I817— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) May 11, 2018
Stuff like this is what it’s all about. Kids like Caleb, who look up to these superstar student-athletes, sincerely appreciate gestures like this, and I’m sure this is a huge moment for him. Chalk this up as another win for Sooners everywhere. So keep battling, Caleb! We’re all cheering for you, man.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! A new MLB mock draft excludes Kyler Murray for an important reason, Joe Castiglione gets a raise, Sooner Softball fans will be twirling Twizzlers again this postseason, Nick Collison announces his retirement and more!
- MLB.com released an updated mock draft, and Oklahoma’s Steele Walker is slated to go 25th overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It would be pretty cool to see Walker join former Sooner QB signee Archie Bradley in Arizona. Perhaps more notable is the phrasing used by Callis at the end of his part on Walker, which reads, “His Oklahoma outfieldmate Kyler Murray also would be a first-rounder if he weren’t dead set on playing quarterback for the Sooners”. 2019 could be a different story, but — as has been said before — OU football fans can probably rest easy for now.
- Rodney Anderson, Baker Mayfield and Samaje Perine are among 29 current or former Sooner Football student-athletes graduating this spring. Congratulations to each and every one of these young men for earning a degree from the University of Oklahoma. It’s a tremendous accomplishment that they can use and be proud of well beyond their playing days. Boomer!
- Sports Illustrated ranks Oklahoma No. 7 in its post-spring rankings, just ahead of the Georgia Bulldogs. It’s an interesting spot to be ahead of UGA considering the result of that Rose Bowl and what each team lost, but that ranking by itself seems about right for now.
- Athletic Director Joe Castiglione is receiving a raise of over $200,000, announced on Thursday’s Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting. Castiglione has spent the past 20 years strengthening OU Athletics, and is considered one of the top ADs in all of Division 1.
- Speaking of Joe C., to put in perspective of just how much Oklahoma has won with him as the AD, the next national title won by an OU program will put Castiglione over the hump as far as national titles are concerned. For him to have been the AD for over half of the school’s national championships is quite the stat, and an all-around remarkable feat.
David Boren honors Athletic Director Joe Castiglione for 20 years of service. If softball wins a national championship this year, Boren says, Joe C will have been the athletic director for over half the national titles won by OU programs.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) May 10, 2018
- Don’t forget, Oklahoma Softball begins its quest for another Big 12 Softball Championship today with a double-header against the Texas Longhorns and the Iowa State Cyclones! Coverage of the first game starts at 2 pm.
It's GAME DAY! #Sooners open the Big 12 Championship with a pair of games in OKC!— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) May 11, 2018
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- Bill Ronne, uncle of senior Nicole Pendley, started a tradition of twirling Twizzlers during last year’s post-season run towards Oklahoma Softball’s fourth overall national championship. This time around, that tradition isn’t going anywhere, so keep an eye out for Sooner fans twirling Twizzlers around in the stands.
- Bookie is drawing comparisons to Roy Williams for his play-making ability in the secondary, and if his career ends up anything like Williams’, Sooner fans have an awful lot to look forward to with No. 44.
- ESPN now projects Trae Young to be drafted 8th overall, the likely spot for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- When Pete Hughes wasn’t retained last summer, Thomas Hughes, his son, remained on the Sooners’ baseball team. Pete is now in Georgia, so the family is a bit split up, but for Thomas, it was the right decision to stay in Norman with the team he’s become so close to.
- Adrian Peterson has been posting workout videos, showing the kind of shape and conditioning he’s in. Peterson says he is totally healthy and is ready for any NFL team to give him a call should they need the services of a veteran running back who can still outplay some of the game’s younger backs.
Around the Sports World
- Oklahoma City Thunder fan favorite Nick Collison has decided to call it a career, announcing his retirement from the NBA after 14 seasons. You the man, Nick.
After 14 seasons in the NBA, Nick Collison has announced his retirement from the NBA. He averaged 5.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 1.0 APG over the course of an impressive career. pic.twitter.com/L5V0fuDgV8— Thunder Nation (@_ThunderNation) May 10, 2018
- There will always be controversy when it comes to college football rankings. It’s the nature of having so many teams worthy of a spot, whether that’s the top spot or a top four ranking. Check out which college football ranking controversies fans are still mad about to this day.
- When the NCAA announced sanctions to be imposed on the Ole Miss football program, multiple players opened up about their desires and intentions of transferring, and now at least six of those players will be able to transfer without penalty.
- Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards (that still feels weird just to type out) says ASU’s current pitchfork logo looks like a candle, and that he prefers the old logo featuring Sparky the mascot. Oh Herm.
- After winning 59 games in the regular season, and being in consideration for Coach of the Year, the Toronto Raptors have parted ways with head coach Dwane Casey.
Stick to Sports!
- A Texas teacher assigned his class to create a resume and a cover letter as if they were a Marvel character of their choosing, and one student chose Groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. If you are caught up on your Marvel characters, Groot is a tree-like creature that only speaks the phrase ‘I am Groot,’ so naturally the student’s entire assignment was comprised of nothing but the repeated three-word phrase, and luckily was creative enough to earn them a 95%. Now that’s pretty awesome.
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