Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!
As the 150th college football season winds down, a panel of voters at ESPN has ranked the 150 greatest coaches in the sport’s history. Naturally, the Oklahoma Sooners were well-represented by several all-time greats throughout the list.
Here’s how OU’s previous head coaches were ranked:
- No. 6 Bud Wilkinson — 145-29-4, three national championships, 17 seasons
- No. 13 Barry Switzer — 157-29-4, three national championships, 16 seasons
- No. 29 Bob Stoops — 190-48, one national championship, 18 seasons
- No. 115 Bennie Owen — 155-60-19, 22 seasons
It’s also notable that No. 82 Jim Tatum and No. 93 Howard Schnellenberger also made the list, although neither stuck around Norman for more than a season, with the latter being a disaster of a hire.
This list could be argued from top to bottom like most things in college football, but for the most part it seems well researched and ordered within reason. What can’t be argued is Oklahoma’s incredible fortune with head coaches. Most teams don’t have a Bud Wilkinson in their history, or even a Bob Stoops. What each of these men did for this program and this university has had a lasting impact over the course of the last century. Best of all, Lincoln Riley (36-5) appears to be well on his way to cementing himself as the next Sooner coaching legend, and if he’s still running the show a decade from now, chances are good he’ll win his way onto the all-time charts.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! The postseason is bringing Lincoln Riley some extra cheddar, Roy Manning is a boss, D-Rose sinks the Pels in NOLA and more!
- On Monday, senior QB Jalen Hurts was named one of four finalists for the 2019 Heisman Trophy. Here’s what he had to say about the prestigious honor.
- Check out this insane stat. 20 of the last 10 years a Sooner has been named a Heisman Trophy finalist. That means basically every other year you can expect Oklahoma to field a candidate that ultimately gets invited to New York. Amazing stuff.
Most #Heisman finalists the last 20 years:— Mike Houck (@mhouckOU) December 10, 2019
Oklahoma - 10 (4 winners)
Alabama - 6
Stanford - 5
Florida/Ohio State/USC - 4
Miami/Oregon/Texas - 3
- Redshirt sophomore Creed Humphrey was named a finalist for the Rimington Award — an individual honor awarded to the nation’s top center. Congratulations, Creed!
- Senior QB/H Connor McGinnis was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American thanks to his pristine 4.0 GPA in the classroom. Years from now, his legacy will be that of a true renaissance man of the highest order.
- When assessing the College Football Playoff field, it’s obvious to anyone who’s been paying any attention to the season that Oklahoma is the biggest underdog of the top four teams. Still, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. In fact, our own Allen Kenney offered up five reasons why the Sooners can win the whole enchilada over at Athlon Sports.
- Lincoln Riley is currently raking in some pretty sweet bonus checks per his coaching contract at OU. If he’s able to advance to the national championship game and win it, he stands to make an extra $750K. The Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey has more details.
- In case you need reminding, Oklahoma’s cornerbacks coach is cooler than yours. Year one with Roy Manning on the staff has been a constant treat, from his hype videos to the relationships he’s built with his players. If you’re a recruit with an offer from this guy, how could you say no?
Around the Sports World
- The Washington Nationals have reached a $245 million deal with pitcher Stephen Strasburg that will keep the World Series MVP in D.C. for the next seven years.
- Which seven teams still have a chance to claim the final AFC Wild Card spot? SB Nation’s Christian D’Andrea has you covered.
- South Carolina QB Jake Bentley will play for Kyle Wittingham and the Utah Utes as a grad transfer in 2020. The former Gamecocks signal caller is coming off of a foot injury he sustained in the 2019 season opener against UNC.
- The New York Jets ruled out RB Le’Veon Bell against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, citing flu-like symptoms, but apparently he was spotted at a local bowling alley after the game late into the night. Either he recovered super fast, or he was playing some hooky. Could be no big deal, but for now it’s not a great look from an outsider’s perspective.
- Derrick Rose sunk the New Orleans Pelicans with this buzzer-beating jumper in the final second of the game, giving the Detroit Pistons the 105-103 win. Looks like this former MVP still has some sauce left in the tank.
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