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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: CeeDee Lamb looks to take it to another level, Baker Mayfield reunites with a fan, and more!

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Also, defensive recruiting is on the rise in Norman.

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The Oklahoma Sooners are in the building! All players are reporting today ahead of the start of fall camp. The first practice will be held on Friday, where the coaches will find out who has made the most strides over the summer, and what everybody still needs to work on. Football is in the air, folks! Let’s go!

Like any program in the nation, there are a number of questions that will be figured out over the course of the next few weeks, and there are some questions that won’t be figured out until the season begins. Will Kyler Murray put a padlock on the QB position? How will the safeties perform? I’m eager to find out the answers to those questions and more as the season draws near.

Now onto some piping Hot Links! CeeDee Lamb is hungry for more, Joe Mixon has lost some weight, Phil Mickelson’s dance moves can’t be touched and more!

OU Links

  • Baker Mayfield’s ‘All the Way Up’ series on FOX continues this Sunday. Check out this sneak peek of what’s to come in the next two episodes. Mayfield interviewed with renown Baker hater Colin Cowherd, and Mayfield made the most of the opportunity.
  • Now this is awesome. Baker Mayfield first met this boy named Bryce last year during the trip to Ohio State. Now that Mayfield is a Cleveland Brown, Bryce had a chance to meet Baker again! What a great moment.
  • At Big 12 Media Days, Lincoln Riley mentioned that recruiting will play a significant role when it comes to improving on defense. So how has Oklahoma’s defensive recruiting trended over the years? Blatant Homerism’s Allen Kenney explores those trends.
  • CeeDee Lamb has high goals for himself. After changing his jersey number from 9 to 2, Lamb wants to prove he can be one of the nation’s best wideouts. If he has the kind of year he expects of himself, there’s a very real chance Lamb is in contention for the Biletnikoff Award late in the season.
  • Joe Mixon didn’t have quite the breakout year he would’ve wanted as a rookie in Cincinnati, but after shedding 12 pounds, Mixon feels great and ready to take the next step with the Bengals.
  • In a few years time, Texas Tech had to watch their former signal caller become one of the sport’s greatest winners of all-time from afar. The Red Raiders will never know what it’s like to have Baker Mayfield lead them to three consecutive Big 12 Championships, or two College Football Playoff berths. They do, however, know what it’s like to get torched by the Heisman Trophy winner and the draft’s No. 1 overall pick. One of our own here at Crimson & Cream Machine, Austin Brown, put together this fine Mayfield v. Tech compilation, and I highly recommend you all check it out. Fire away, Kellie!

Around the Sports World

  • Obviously, the biggest sports-related news of the past 24 hours comes out of Columbus, Ohio, where Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave following an ongoing investigation of whether or not Meyer knew about a former assistant’s alleged role in domestic violence.
  • The recruiting cycle is year-round, although there are certain periods in which contact between coaches and prospects is limited. So which college football programs saw the most success during the quiet period at the end of last month?
  • Derrick Rose has started a new program called Rose Scholars that intends to award one high school student with a full-ride scholarship and two students with partial scholarships. Maybe a trend is forming, with LeBron James’ school in Akron opening up and now this. Keep it up, fellas!
  • Speaking of school, it’s back-to-school time, which means the kids are going to need backpacks. If you are a kid going back to school, or know someone going back to school, and you want the coolest NBA-themed backpack in the class, check out this line of backpacks that'll be sure to up your hallway game.
  • If you’re a high profile celebrity, and you can laugh at yourself, you automatically move up a notch in my book. Golf pro Phil Mickelson sold this dress shirt well with his sick dance moves, all while dodging computer generated golf balls at a driving range. Epic.

Stick to Sports!

  • Rap artist Lil’ Wayne ended up having five American Music Awards trophies delivered to his home when he should have only received one for his song ‘I’m the One.’ The other four were meant to be sent to country group ‘Little Big Town,’ but an apparent mix up seems to be the issue. C’mon, people. How do you accidentally send Lil Wayne five AMA’s when four of them have somebody else’s name on them?

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