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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Pay raises for coaches? A new softball facility?

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Much will be revealed at next week’s University of Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Friday, friends and fans! What a year it’s been for the Oklahoma Sooners. With postseason success virtually across the board, the people behind the magic deserve every bit of recognition sent their way. Now, the contracts of many of those people within Oklahoma’s Athletic Department will be up for review in an upcoming Board of Regents meeting.

Lincoln Riley could be looking at a significant raise after making $3.1 million in his first season, along with other prominent head coaches and assistants throughout the department. Also, executive director of recruiting Annie Hanson is looking at a major pay bump for her tremendous efforts in revitalizing Oklahoma on the recruiting trail.

Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Marita Hynes Park is in play for some major renovations, Trae Young cancels a workout with Philadelphia, Mike Bibby is YOKED and more!

OU Links

  • Kyler Murray and the Oakland A’s have officially agreed to contract terms, and it’s been reported that later today Murray will go through batting practice in Oakland’s Coliseum. Murray’s signing bonus is estimated around $4.6 million.
  • The Oklahoma softball stadium is potentially getting a $22 million upgrade. Sooner fans have frequently sold out Marita Hynes Park over the recent years, and now it appears to be time for renovation and expansion. A new proposal has been put in motion to enhance the fan experience at OU Softball games and increase the seating capacity, which is something this program definitely deserves.
  • I, too, believe Trae Young will be off the board before the tenth pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Still, it would be pretty cool to see Young with the 76ers. They’ve got a great nucleus in place.
  • Speaking of Trae Young, former Sooner basketball star Stacey King likes what he sees in Young’s game, and has communicated with Young over the past year, offering him advice and mentorship. Pretty cool stuff.
  • Former Sooner wide receiver Jordan Smallwood is still working towards his dream of playing in the NFL. Keep up the good work, Jordan! Boomer!

Around the Sports World

  • A number of big names in the NFL are holding out during this offseason for a variety of reasons. Check out this list to find out who is holding out and why.
  • A jelly doughnut has been used as an analogy to explain Michael Porter Jr.’s very serious back injury. So how does his injury affect his NBA Draft status?
  • Mike Bibby has been retired from the NBA for a few years now, but I’m pretty sure I know what he’s been up to since then. Does he even lift? The answer appears to be a resounding yes.

Stick to Sports!

  • Actor Jeff Goldblum, known for his roles in science-fiction thrillers like ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The Fly,’ has finally been honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also, check out this clip of him singing along to the Jurassic Park theme song. I’ve never met him, personally, but Goldblum seems like a pretty fly guy, pun intended.

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