What’s up, friends and fans? I don’t know about you, but this offseason actually seems to be moving along more quickly than in years past. It also helps when someone like Lane Kiffin, head coach of Florida Atlantic, periodically throws shade at the biggest bully on the block. If you recall, Kiffin’s Owls are the Oklahoma Sooners’ opening weekend opponent, and in a recent interview, Kiffin took a bit of a shot at his former employer: the Alabama Crimson Tide.
I‘m sure Lincoln Riley and crew will appreciate Kiffin’s praising sentiments, calling Oklahoma a better team than ‘Bama, but Kiffin is a known troll, so his comments aren’t really so much about respecting the Sooners as they are about getting another dig at the Tide. In a weird way, that’s almost disrespectful to both Oklahoma and Alabama, but I love it. You’ve gotta respect the man’s troll game.
Now onto today’s edition of Hot Links! Kyler Murray is going pro after 2018, the NCAA improves its redshirt rule, the FIFA World Cup begans and more!
- It’s now official. Kyler Murray will only play one more season of college football before moving onto professional baseball full-time. It’s a good thing for all parties involved. Murray gets to live out a dream of his and play big-time college ball for a premier program, and he’s still secure financially. Also, Lincoln Riley knows not to plan on Murray being in Norman beyond 2018. He already knew that, but again, it’s now official.
- Baker Mayfield heads into a five-week break following the conclusion of rookie camp, and as of right now he is Tyrod Taylor’s backup. Still, Mayfield knows that all he needs to do is continue working on learning the plays and his protections, and refining his technique and under-center mechanics. As long as he continues to do that, Mayfield should see the field before long.
- If you’re a college football fan who doesn’t know much about the who’s-who of the soccer realm, then you need to check out this list of soccer squads if they were college football programs. Oklahoma as Argentina? The reasoning is spot-on, I’d say. Mayfield/Messi = the G.O.A.T.
- The NCAA is known for being tardy to the party, and not in the fashionably-late kind of way. At least they’re finally getting with the program and improving the redshirt rule, which will now allow a player to play up to four games in a season and still use a redshirt that year. Addison Gumbs is a Sooner who could have benefitted from this last season, but the rule won’t go into effect until this upcoming season.
NCAA passes redshirt rule, allowing players to play up to four games in a season & still being able to be redshirted. Starts w/this season— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 13, 2018
- As high school football nears its return, check out these Spencer Rattler highlights. He’s already so polished as a passer, and he’s a natural when he has to move outside the pocket. I can hardly wait to see what he does in his senior season and beyond. Boomer!
- Speaking of Rattler, don’t forget to check out RJ’s discussion with the Oklahoma QB commit. Rattler is a four-star prospect in the class of 2019, but many consider him the top quarterback in the nation. Why hasn’t he been awarded with a five-star rating? Does Rattler have an issue with it? Find out the answers to all of that and more!
Around the Sports World
- If you’re not a close follower of international soccer, but you want to know who the top players in the 2018 World Cup are, check out this list of the top seven players participating in this year’s World Cup. I knew who four of them were, so I’m proud of myself.
- Which college football teams have the easiest non-conference schedules in 2018? Check out this top ten you ought to be ashamed to find your team on.
- Oklahoma State lost Mason Rudolph and James Washington, arguably the nation’s top QB-WR duo the past few seasons, to the NFL. Will the Cowboys reload in 2018, or will it be more of a rebuilding process?
- If the NFL was more like college football in terms of recruiting vs. drafting players, how would that change the balance of power in the league?
- When the World Cup was held in South Africa in 2010, the world was introduced to vuvuzelas. The beehive-sounding instruments from eight years ago were quite annoying, and this time around, Russia is dishing out its version of that. I present to you, Russia’s ‘Spoons of Victory.’
Stick to Sports!
- Drake is a world famous superstar in the music industry, but he got his start in the spotlight on the popular Canadian teenage drama-series ‘Degrassi.’ In his new music video for his song ‘I’m Upset,’ Drake reunites with his former cast members in a nostalgia-filled high school reunion. It’s actually pretty cool, even if you’re not a fan of Drake’s music or Degrassi. Always remember where you came from, folks.
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