Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!
Our good friend and contributor Allen Kenney (who also contributes to Athlon) offered his unique and in-depth take on why the Oklahoma Sooners could return to the College Football Playoff for a third season in a row.
Oklahoma Football: 5 Reasons Why the Sooners Will Return to the College Football Playoff in 2019 https://t.co/TRTtxTz80Q— Allen Kenney (@BlatantHomerism) January 9, 2019
Even with the turnover along the offensive line and throughout the defensive coaching staff, as Kenney points out, there are plenty of reasons why Oklahoma should once again be the cream of the crop in the Big 12, as well as one of the better bets to claim a final four spot heading into the postseason.
I speak for myself when I say that I totally believe the defense in 2019 will be much improved from what we all just witnessed — being that there seems to be nowhere to go but up. Part of that comes from the sheer amount of returning experience, while the rest lies in my faith in the hiring of Alex Grinch. If you want more than that, perhaps buy into the application of the law of averages in this instance. The Sooners can’t be at or near the bottom of all major statistical defensive categories forever, right? RIGHT?
Now for some piping Hot Links! There’s some scuttlebutt with Brian Odom, the “What will Kyler Murray do?” saga rages on, playing Mario Kart on a major league screen looks as fun as it sounds and more!
- There’s been an awful lot of scuttlebutt regarding the opening (or perhaps openings) for OU LBs coach. This morning it was reported that Brian Odom, the younger brother of Missouri head coach Barry Odom, had turned down the opportunity to become an assistant on Oklahoma’s defensive staff. However, as The Football Brainiacs have pointed out, there are questions as to whether or not he was actually offered the gig or perhaps just declined an interview.
- The Cleveland Browns are reportedly promoting interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to head coach. It should be a fun season for Dawg Pound Nation in 2019. These two have some pretty great chemistry.
hire Freddie Kitchens right this instant pic.twitter.com/6Dby8OP2FA— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) December 28, 2018
- In a world where hot takes are the norm, Gil Brandt can be described as a breathe of fresh air, simply for the fact that he is actually quite particular about what he chooses to share through social media. So when he says the chance of Kyler Murray returning to play for the Sooners in 2019 is more likely to happen than most assume (as he explained to The Oklahoman’s Joe Mussatto), there’s an above-average amount of weight to his words.
One down one to go— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 8, 2019
Another town and one more show https://t.co/hG8WX9g88w
- Speaking of Murray, while Sooner fans would absolutely love to see him back in the Crimson & Cream this fall, talks of him entering the 2019 NFL Draft are beginning to pick up some additional steam, as well.
- Jeremiah Criddell spoke about the late push from Oklahoma, and specifically Lincoln Riley, made for him before he ultimately signed with the Sooners for the class of 2019.
- In case you missed it, Oklahoma was unable to secure the upset win in Lubbock on Tuesday night, but the good news is that two of the toughest road games on the Sooners’ schedule are now out of the way. Also, the team didn’t look awful in either Big 12 loss, so holding serve at home looks feasible at this point.
Around the Sports World
- Alabama QB Jalen Hurts has reportedly entered the NCAA’s transfer portal (which just sounds cool), meaning schools are now allowed to contact him.
From a source: Jalen Hurts' name is now in the transfer portal.— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) January 9, 2019
- After suffering a scary-looking head injury in last night’s Thunder-Timberwolves game, Oklahoma City forward Nerlens Noel has been diagnosed with a concussion. Fortunately, nothing skeletal was fractured.
After scary fall last night, Oklahoma City Thunder center Nerlens Noel has been diagnosed with a concussion — and tests showed he avoided any fractures, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 9, 2019
Nerlens Noel takes a hard elbow from Wiggins, lands head-first on the floor. Looked like he was knocked out cold. #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/p38D8MnTVM— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) January 9, 2019
- From being fired at Texas Tech to briefly joining USC’s staff as OC to becoming the Arizona Cardinals head coach, Kliff Kingsbury’s offseason is going quite well in a short of amount of time.
A new King in the Nest.#KardsGotKliff— Arizona Kardinals (@AZCardinals) January 8, 2019
- In additional Browns news, Gregg Williams is reportedly not being retained in any capacity.
Browns have relieved defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of his duties and he is no longer with the team, sources tell @PatMcManamon and @DanGrazianoESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2019
- The 2019 college football season is practically around the corner (a kid can dream), so what are the most compelling non-conference matchups fans can look forward to when the festivities finally get underway?
- You don’t hear about this every day. Colorado State head football coach Mike Bobo declined a $100K raise for the year of 2019 because his Rams went 3-9 last season. His reasoning is based on accountability, and he wants to hold himself to the same standards he holds his players to. Good for you, Coach.
- Katie Nolan called out a fan months after he sent out a tweet saying he could make a field goal that a college kicker couldn’t. The rest pretty much went exactly how I imagined it, and if you’re into poetic justice, this is basically that.
It's easy to call out kickers on social media ... so @AlwaysLateESPN gave fans the chance to back up the trash talk— ESPN (@espn) January 8, 2019
Check out the full segment Wednesday, only on ESPN+ pic.twitter.com/bor7WX1jCG
- Playing Mario Kart on the Kansas City Royals’ big screen? Uh, yeah, sign me up yesterday, please. In fact, hook me up with some noise-canceling head phones and Elder Scrolls, and I’m in my happy place.
we sent our helicopter out to get aerials of Arrowhead Stadium and on its way there it noticed a game of Mario Kart had broken out on the Crown Vision board at Kauffman Stadium?? pic.twitter.com/rOy0icieVi— Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) January 8, 2019
Stick to Sports!
- Hyundai is building a car that can walk on four legs. You have my attention, Hyundai.
Hyundai is building a car that can walk on four legs #CES2019 https://t.co/vNmNI6pkFO pic.twitter.com/Uy7r1XjdRh— The Verge (@verge) January 9, 2019
- Speaking of The Elder Scrolls, an official cookbook is being published this March, and will feature recipes and cuisines from the many regions and people of the fictional Tamriel. If you’re familiar with the gaming series, you should know the sweet roll is perhaps the most coveted delicacy in all the land, and should anybody steal your sweet roll, the impending judgment shall be decisive and swift.
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