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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Bob Stoops passed the torch to Lincoln Riley one year ago today

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There was plenty of uncertainty and confusion when Bob retired, but he knew exactly what he was doing.

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How’s it going, friends and fans? On this day last year, Bob Stoops called it a career, effectively sending shockwaves through Sooner Nation and the rest of the college football world. So what’s one of the most prominent figures in the sport to do with so much time on his hands? The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel detailed that and more in this behind-the-scenes look at the program’s winningest head coach.

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Now onto today’s Hot Links! Deion Sanders wants Kyler Murray to give up football, Gerald McCoy’s Tampa Bay jersey is finally in the Palace at the Prairie, Spencer Rattler only has eyes for OU and more!

OU Links

  • Did somebody say Draft U? Boomer!
  • Oklahoma’s football facility has an area commemorating the Sooners in the NFL, but Gerald McCoy’s Tampa Bay jersey was no where to be found. Looks like his Sooner jersey was finally replaced with a Bucs jersey, and now all is right.
  • Spencer Rattler says he is 100% committed to Oklahoma, so if you hear anything on the contrary, just know it’s likely from salty fans of other schools who wish they had his commitment.
  • Chouteau Elementary in Tulsa is in the process of being renamed the Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy. Tisdale is considered to be one of the best athletes to suit up for Oklahoma, and for those who knew him understood that he was an even better person. Tisdale was an accomplished musician, so naming a fine arts academy after him is more than fitting.
  • Don’t forget to check out RJ’s discussion over Mike Stoops and the Oklahoma defense with Doug Farrar, the lead NFL Scout for Bleacher Report.

Around the Sports World

  • Kevin Durant hit another Game 3 dagger in this year’s NBA Finals, and LeBron James said this one was even tougher. Golden State now leads the series against Cleveland 3-0.
  • West Virginia football hasn’t exactly had a breakthrough season since joining the Big 12, but the 2018 team could feature the best QB-WR combo in the nation. Is there enough around them to finally get over the hump and make noise nationally?
  • Per Brett McMurphy, the Las Vegas Bowl will be featuring a Pac 12 team and another Power 5 school starting in 2020. I wouldn’t like to see OU fall to the Las Vegas Bowl due to what would presumably be a mediocre campaign, but I’d sure as hell make the trip.
  • An umpire in a Japanese baseball league was a little startled as a player ran beside him. This is hilarious to me because I can totally relate.
  • The World Cup is coming up, so in the meantime, check out this video game (for desktop only) from SB Nation called Penalty Kick Assassin. I tried playing and I am just no good. No good at all. Go ahead and give it a whirl!

Stick to Sports!

  • Today would have been Prince’s 60th birthday, and today the Prince Estate and Warner Bros. announced a new album titled Piano & a Microphone: 1983. The album is a collection from a live recording at a rehearsal in his home in Minnesota. You can listen to one of the songs, Mary Don’t You Weep, here.

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