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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: NFL teams taking a page from Lincoln Riley’s playbook

Also, will Riley ever make the jump to the NFL? Perhaps, but he seems quite content in Norman for now.

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Happy Monday, friends and fans! Whether you follow recruiting closely or not, you’ve got to check this out. Class of 2019 Oklahoma Sooners four-star wide receiver commit Trejan Bridges hasn’t officially signed his letter of intent yet, but he’s already signing Sooner footballs for young Sooner fans.

What a stand-up guy Trejan is for doing this. I’m sure this little dude and his family will remember this for a long time. Boomer!

Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Trae Young will continue sporting No. 11 in the ATL, Lincoln Riley is big with the NFL folks, Jake Irvin is headed to the pros, Cristiano Ronaldo begged Iran fans to let him sleep and more!

OU Links

  • It appears Trae Young is sticking with his No. 11 jersey in Atlanta. I’m sure I’ll see a bunch of No. 11 Hawks jerseys popping up around Norman.
  • If you take a look at what’s going on in the NFL this coming season, you’ll likely see Lincoln Riley’s fingerprint. Here’s what Albert Breer has to say about it in this week’s MMQB. It’s also no secret that an NFL franchise would love to add Riley to its coaching ranks in the not-so-distant future, but I wouldn’t expect him to bite anytime soon. With how much the program has invested in him and his family, Riley knows a good thing when it’s right in front of him. Still, never say never, right?
  • Junior right-handed pitcher Jake Irvin, who was drafted by the Washington Nationals with the 131st overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, is forgoing his senior season to begin his professional career. Congratulations Jake, and good luck!
  • The Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey wrote an excellent piece about Jamelle Holieway on Saturday. After all these years, Holieway still lives in Oklahoma, and he is still using his gifts to better the next generation.
  • In case you missed it, don’t forget to check out my rankings on the upset chances of Oklahoma’s 2018 opponents. It seems like just about every year there’s a loss that’s hard to explain and even harder to stomach. So which games have that kind of potential this season? Also, make sure to vote in the poll at the bottom of the post!

Around the Sports World

  • Mark Gilbert over at Welcome to Loud City asks a question of Thunder fans: Should OKC trade Russell Westbrook? Valid points are made, but no. Just.... no.
  • Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo had to beg Iran fans to quiet their partying down outside his hotel room so that he could get some much-needed sleep. I don’t think they want their team to face a well-rested Ronaldo, so I doubt they listened to his plea.
  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup has already seen the record for most ‘own goals’ in the tournament, tied at six with plenty of matches left to go. Check out this ranking of the six own goals this year and relive each of them in all their horrifying splendor.
  • Instead of exercising his team option, the Denver Nuggets have signed center Nikola Jokic to a five-year, $146.5 million deal. That’s a nice raise for one of the association’s premier passing big men.
  • Check out this throwback play consisting of Florida State’s Charlie Ward and Kevin Knox Sr. So Ward won the Heisman Trophy with Florida State, then went on to play point guard for the New York Knicks. Knox Sr. just saw his son, Kevin Knox Jr., get drafted by the Knicks. Moral of the story: the world of sports is a very small world indeed. Very cool stuff.

Stick to Sports!

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