Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!
On Tuesday night, former Oklahoma Sooners All-American safety Rickey Dixon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2019. Since 2013, he’s battled ALS, so his son, Rickey Dixon Jr., represented him at the HOF induction ceremony.
In 1987, Dixon won the Jim Thorpe Award after recording nine interceptions, which is the most any Sooner has totaled for a single season. His total of 17 INTs throughout his career is also currently second in OU program history.
Congratulations on officially becoming a Hall of Famer, Rickey! All of Sooner Nation is behind you.
Now on to today’s Hot Links! Delarrin Turner-Yell had himself a career performance in Arlington, OU hoops is starting to look like a three-headed monster, an NAIA player becomes a legend after eclipsing triple digits and more!
- One week from today marks the beginning of the early signing period for football recruits. On Tuesday night, Lincoln Riley dropped a hint of another commitment coming soon to the current group of verbals. Currently, Oklahoma has a top-10 recruiting class, and with more potential signees in the works, that placing could be solidified come Dec. 18.
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) December 11, 2019
- Sooner Scoop’s Josh McCuistion ranked his top 11 performers in Oklahoma’s win over Baylor in the Big 12 title game, and this time the list was unusually defense-heavy (and deservedly so).
- The same crew that called Oklahoma’s season opener against Houston and the Big 12 Championship game last Saturday is tasked with covering the Peach Bowl semifinal matchup between OU and LSU. Plus, Laura Rutledge has been added as the Sooners’ sideline reporter.
- Part of what’s made this OU men’s basketball team so fun to watch this season is all the options of breakout players on any given night. Kristian Doolittle, Austin Reaves and Brady Manek have all come up with big performances in key spots.
.— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) December 11, 2019
Among major-conference teams, Oklahoma is one of 3️⃣ schools with 2️⃣ players averaging 16+ points and one of 3️⃣ teams with 3️⃣ players averaging 14+ points. pic.twitter.com/Wjqf3tDDOT
- Lon Kruger talked about the Sooners’ upcoming matchup with Wichita State, which figures to be Oklahoma’s toughest challenge yet being another true road game against a formidable Shockers squad.
In this week’s chat with Coach @LonKruger we discuss this weekend’s matchup with the Shockers and the team’s shooting from deep.— BoomSquad (@OUBoomSquad) December 11, 2019
Our fan question comes from @MikeyMcCareins.#createtheculture @OU_MBBall pic.twitter.com/OLeovrwCFb
- Nobody plays the game of football with a bigger chip on the shoulder than Baker Mayfield. From his days at Lake Travis High to his rookie season in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns QB remembers all the slights and slander on his name and his game. ESPN’s Jake Trotter has more on the beef that makes Baker bake.
Around the Sports World
- The New York Yankees have inked former Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million deal. It’s a game-changing move that could make all the difference when it comes to NY winning another World Series.
- After coming up short in the national championship game last April, Chris Beard’s Texas Tech Red Raiders have stumbled a bit out of the gate this season. However, on Tuesday night, TTU imposed its will on the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals, earning a massive 70-57 win.
- Joe Brady, the 30-year-old mastermind behind the LSU Tigers’ offensive revolution, has been named the Broyles Award winner for the nation’s top assistant coach. The Bayou Bengals’ offense has undergone a transformation under Brady that’s largely unprecedented considering where they were just a year ago.
- A group of Russian boxers have plans to boycott the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo if they are unable to represent their country while competing. Stemming from Russia’s violation of the Olympics’ anti-doping policy, Russian athletes are currently only permitted to compete as neutral athletes if they want to compete at all.
- Wayland Baptist’s J.J. Culver scored 100 points in his team’s 124-60 win over Southwestern Adventist. Shout out to friend of the blog Shehan Jeyarajah for being all over this historic event. Also, shout out to Wilt Chamberlain with this iconic sign as proof.
“I’ll probably be old and gray and telling some kid somewhere about the time J.J. Culver scored 100 points in a game.”— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) December 11, 2019
We caught up with #WaylandBaptist star J.J. Culver hours after he did the unthinkable: Scored 100 points in a college basketball game.https://t.co/cx31FjidtK pic.twitter.com/Jz6TOb8F4l
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