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As you’re probably well aware of by now, Kenneth Murray’s 28-tackle performance broke the Oklahoma Sooners’ program record for most tackles in a game last Saturday against Army West Point. So who exactly held the record before?
That would be Carl McAdams. As a senior in 1965, he recorded 24 tackles against Navy. It’s quite amazing that it took so long for the record to be reset (considering that OU has faced some similar offenses between now and then), but what’s even more amazing is the fact that McAdams didn’t even realize he owned the record until Murray broke it.
For 53 years, Carl McAdams owned what became one of OU's oldest defensive records.— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) September 27, 2018
But he was unaware of that until he watched Kenneth Murray break it last week against Army: https://t.co/cAMuenp7qs | #Sooners pic.twitter.com/42EjPyYuXE
McAdams isn’t disappointed that he didn’t know he had the record all this time, and he’s happy for Murray, as well as Curtis Bolton, whose 23 tackles nearly tied the previous benchmark.
Now take a look at some Hot Links! Don’t mess with OU’s Twitter game, Jarvis Landry says Baker Mayfield is contagious, Mike Gundy handled potential questions about Jalen McCleskey’s transferring the wrong way and more!
- In case you missed it, it’s been confirmed. Oklahoma is going with the Rough Rider alternate uniforms this weekend, although the exact combination is still to be officially announced. I probably won’t mind whatever ensemble they go with, as long as it’s not red on red on red. Just ... no. I wanted to see it once, but the look just doesn’t work with the eyes.
- Oklahoma’s social media game has vaulted to among the very best in collegiate athletics, and not only have the productions been fire, the Twitter account itself is bodying feeble-minded fools. This tweet was in response to some random Texas fan saying “Try 103,000” with a Hook ‘em Horns emoji at the end. The reason I’m having to describe it to you is because the big-talker has since deleted the asinine remark. Probably a good idea, and definitely a better idea than trying to throw shade at the king of the conference.
Try selling it out every game.— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 26, 2018
- Kenneth Murray has taken his role as a team leader to heart, and for those who know him best, that comes as no surprise. For most of his life, the middle linebacker has taken care of those around him, and that starts with his strong family upbringing.
- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry said he followed Baker Mayfield’s college career, and now that he plays with him in the pros, he knows his QB can back up his bravado.
- Speaking of Mayfield, his play can not only elevate the Browns’ chances of success in the win column, it can also improve his teammates’ fantasy football numbers. That’s a win-win for everybody, except the losers, of course.
#Browns QB Baker Mayfield’s combination of accuracy and aggressiveness as a passer could unlock the offense and boost the fantasy stock of a few of his top playmakers. @DannyBKelly: https://t.co/4nTCZPxP1O— The Ringer (@ringer) September 27, 2018
- Don’t forget to check out the latest episode of Oklahoma Breakdown, the Sooner-themed podcast run by Jack Shields and Matt Ravis. This week, the guys preview the Baylor game and dive into more fun topics! And just a reminder, there is occasional NSFW language.
- Others claim to see Gordon Ramsey, and I get it, but I also see Mike Stoops.
Saw a baby that looks like Mike Stoops. pic.twitter.com/Ev2rumZIkH— Devyn Gilmore (@dmgilmore12) September 27, 2018
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- Mike Gundy has been one of the more underrated coaches in the nation for quite some time, but he completely failed as a leader and a representative of his university when he chose to bully the media members from doing their jobs while presumably going against an OSU SID’s recommendations (Jack has a thread on the latter subject). It’s not right nor his place to threaten to take away player availability for the rest of the season if journalists simply ask players questions about a transfer. It’s despicable and demonstrates a lack of tact. For Gundy, it’s all mullets, smoothies and rattlesnake hunts until things go awry. I think we all know his true identity.
This is never the way to handle this kind of thing. Never. Rather than trying to bully the press, Gundy should have told his team, “If anyone asks you about Jalen, just say no comment.” End of discussion. If Gundy’s not smart enough to know this, someone needs to coach HIM up. https://t.co/zREC8ent2o— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) September 26, 2018
- In other OSU failure news, give this tweet a gander before it gets deleted, because surely Ohio State isn’t this tone deaf, right? If the folks at Ohio State need it spelled out for them, people being silent (or being silenced) is one of the main reasons why the domestic abuse allegations against a Buckeye assistant coach went unanswered for so long.
- The undefeated North Texas Mean Green are un-retiring the No. 75 jersey just for this weekend to honor Mean Joe Greene. What’s even better than that is that they recreated the iconic Coca-Cola commercial from Greene’s days as a Pittsburgh Steeler to reveal who would get to wear the beloved Hall of Famer’s number.
- Former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is in his first season as the head ball coach at Florida, and this weekend MSU welcomes the Gators to Starkville. The best thing to come out of this entire coaching move was this local frozen custard drive-thru renaming “The Mullen” to ‘The Lateral Move’. I certainly wouldn’t consider going to UF a lateral move, but this is how you troll, folks. Pettiness must be admired sometimes.
Dan Mullen used to order the same off-menu creation each time he visited the Starkville frozen custard drive-thru called Bop’s: vanilla concrete, topped with chocolate syrup, caramel, chocolate chips and M&Ms.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 26, 2018
Bop’s named it The Mullen.
It’s now called The Lateral Move. pic.twitter.com/2hulLDSLWL
- Team USA is going to attempt to do something it hasn’t done in 25 years this weekend — defeat Team Europe on European soil for The Ryder Cup. Need some convincing it’ll happen? Here are some reasons why the Americans are likely going to get the job done.
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- Check out the world premier of the first official trailer for Dark Phoenix. The film is an X-Men story, and for all intents and purposes, is the fourth installment of the current arc that began in 2011 with X-Men: First Class. All of the prominent actors are back in this one to reprise their key roles, including Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. Dark Phoenix was written, directed, and co-produced by filmmaker Simon Kinberg, who has worked on previous movies in the X-Men and Deadpool franchises.
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