Happy Thursday, friends and fans!
Well, the head man of the Texas Longhorns had himself quite an opening to the early signing period...
Yes, Tom Herman aka Vodka Tom aka Tommy Try-Hard aka The Mensa Marvel was captured throwing up double-birds on live TV during LHN’s National Signing Day coverage on Wednesday. Later on, he formally apologized for the gesture, and gave an “explanation” for why he was doing it. I personally thought it was hilarious, but yes, it’s PROBABLY not a good look for the head coach at a program like UT. Then again, it’s not like it’s particularly surprising.
Tom Herman's full apology for this morning's incident. pic.twitter.com/DsRHTVcCIk— Travis Recek (@TravisRecek) December 18, 2019
OK cool, Hook Em
Now for today’s Hot Links! LSU’s leading rusher could miss the semifinal game against Oklahoma, Mykel Jones is in the transfer portal, Steve Austin celebrated his birthday in classic Stone Cold fashion and more!
- LSU Tigers running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has reportedly suffered a hamstring injury in practice and could potentially miss the College Football Playoff semifinal matchup against Oklahoma. The junior RB leads the team in rushing by over 1,000 yards compared to the next player, and is also fifth on the team in receiving. For a game such as this, you obviously want to see each team at full strength, and it’s certainly a tough setback for the guy regardless of whether or not he’s able to go.
- Now that the dust has settled following the festivities of Wednesday’s Early Signing Day, the Oklahoma Sooners are feeling good with another top 10 recruiting class, with more still to come. For now, the recruits who have signed ought to receive some recognition. To help with that, OU Insider’s Collin Kennedy dished on the five things he’s most excited about when it comes to the signees of this 2020 class. This cycle’s deep and quality offensive line haul is almost unfair when you know they’ll also be coached by the one and only Bill Bedenbaugh. Remember the names Nate Anderson, Andrew Raym, Aaryn Parks, Anton Harrison and Noah Nelson. With so much experience expected to return in 2020, this young, talented group should have ample time to acclimate to the collegiate level so they’re ready to take over when their time finally comes. The other major area that excites me as well is the defense as a whole, but particularly up front. Oklahoma will need to replace a lot of experience up front next fall, but they did exactly what they needed to do on the JUCO market to bridge the gap going into year two of the Alex Grinch era. Perrion Winfrey and Josh Ellison are big time wins for OU. Overall, it’s a class that should keep the Sooners atop the Big 12 and among the conversation of college football’s elite. There will still be the regular February signing period, but at least the bulk of the process is officially in the books, allowing the coaching staff to squarely put the rest of their focus back on the Peach Bowl.
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- CeeDee Lamb and Kenneth Murray were both named AFCA Second Team All-Americans on Wednesday. It’s a travesty in regards to Lamb, who would have become just the 36th player in Oklahoma history to earn unanimous AA status with a First Team selection.
- Which schools in the Big 12 signed the best classes? What recruits are coming in with the most hype? Which prospects are flying under the radar? Gabe Brooks of 247 Sports has his answers in the Early Signing Period edition of Big 12 Superlatives.
- The Dallas area is a recruiting hotbed for a number of programs, and not just those located in the state of Texas. One of those schools that makes it an annual point to establish a recruiting pipeline to Big D is Oklahoma, and the 2020 class is just the latest example.
- Speaking of the Peach Bowl, OU Daily’s Caleb McCourry wrote about junior LB Kenneth Murray’s thoughts on playing the underdog role against LSU next week, and how the team is using that energy to fuel their approach and preparation.
- The Tulsa World’s Guerin Emig explored the recent suspensions for OU, specifically questioning whether or not Rhamondre Stevenson is actually a more costly loss than Ronnie Perkins. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which one hurts the team more because they’re both out.
- It’s never too early to project three years ahead, even if it’s impossible to account for all the inevitable variables that will come about between now and then. With that in mind, how do each of this year’s four CFP teams — LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and OU — project by 2022? Who will have the best passing or rushing offense? Best defense? What about coaching? The Sooners are certainly trending in all the right directions.
- After The Athletic’s Jason Kersey originally broke the news, redshirt junior WR Mykel Jones announced his intent to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal. Best of luck to you, Mykel! Sooner Nation is behind you every step of the way.
Around the Sports World
- Stanford Cardinal redshirt junior QB KJ Costello has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal after missing most of the 2019 season with multiple injuries. He’s proven to be a capable passer, however, throwing for more than 3,000 yards in 2018.
- For the second time in two games, the Oklahoma City Thunder have overcome at least a 24-point deficit to come all the way back and win. Most recently this incredible feat happened against the Memphis Grizzlies.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has become an instant sports meme for how high he got up and how long he stayed in in the air on this ridiculous header. The last replay shows just how absurd this gravity-defying play was. My gosh.
- Stone Cold Steve Austin turned 55 on Wednesday, and you better believe he’s still one Stone Cold son of a gun. Never change, Steve, never change.
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