How’s it going, everyone?
On Monday, Kyler Murray announced he has chosen to play football professionally over baseball, and on Tuesday the public learned which agent the Heisman Trophy winner has chosen to represent him going forward. He’s Erik Burkhardt of Select Sports Group.
Kyler Murray has hired a football agent. He has signed with Erik Burkhardt of Select Sports Group.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 12, 2019
A couple things here: you may recall Scott Boras being Murray’s previous agent when it looked like he would pursue a career in the MLB, but now that K1 is sticking with football, he, of course, needed to find a football agent. Boras only represents baseball clients, hence the hiring of Burkhardt.
Another very interesting note about this development is who else Burkhardt currently represents. Kliff Kingsbury, former Texas Tech head coach and current Arizona Cardinals head coach, is also a client of Burkhardt’s. It’ll probably be inconsequential, but ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit stoked the flames a bit with his comments theorizing how Kingsbury could unite with Murray.
Kirk Herbstreit on Kyler Murray in the NFL.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) February 12, 2019
"It wouldn't shock me between now and maybe even draft day to see Kliff Kingsbury possibly either move out of that spot, maybe get rid of Josh Rosen, and possibly try to pull the trigger to get a Kyler Murray."#OUDNA | #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/ePr3pG32IC
With that No. 1 overall pick just sitting there in the Cards’ possession, and Kingsbury’s openness about his respect for Murray’s talent, the smoke on this possible draft scenario continues to billow. Until then, we’ll have to wait and see if a future in Arizona is in the cards for Murray. Sorry for that terrible pun, I’ll see myself out now.
Now for some super Hot Links! We’ve got lots of reactions following Kyler Murray’s major announcement, Mariah Lopez earns a weekly honor, Bill Russell turns 85 and more!
- The NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks discussed Kyler Murray as a draft prospect now that he’s fully committed to pursuing a career in football.
- Ian Rapoport shared what he’s hearing from several GM’s. Word is that Murray is an essential lock to go in the first round, if not the top 10. It’s also an exciting prospect that he’ll be in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.
- Adam Schefter makes the point that Baker Mayfield’s success during his rookie season will help pave the way for Kyler Murray as he transitions from Oklahoma to the NFL.
Adam Schefter on Kyler Murray.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) February 11, 2019
"I think that Baker Mayfield, coming on to do what he did last year, has helped pave the way for Kyler Murray to go in the first round."
FULL VIDEO ➡️ https://t.co/rbKCHTJW3v#OUDNA | #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/bJoEQYnwyw
- Kirk Herbstreit wants people who haven’t watched a ton of film on Murray to realize that he makes many of his plays from inside the pocket, and compares his running style to Reggie Bush’s.
Kirk Herbstreit on Kyler Murray's ability.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) February 12, 2019
"This is not Deshaun Watson running. This is not Russell Wilson running. This is Reggie Bush running with the football. We have not seen a guy like this."#OUDNA | #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/HvXKpIBmbe
- At the end of the day, the moves that have been made were strictly business, and the Oakland A’s knew all the risks when they signed Murray last summer. Now he’s going a different route, and while most of the signing bonus will have to be returned, the draft pick is ultimately wasted (unless he someday goes back to baseball, in which case the A’s still have his rights).
Kyler Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the Oakland A’s gave him last year. He forfeits the remaining $3.16 million due March 1. The A’s will put him on the restricted list and retain Murray’s rights, but they don’t get a comp draft pick.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 11, 2019
- Here are some interesting stats to chew on. Feel free to share them with your friends or anybody you’re having a disagreement with on social media. Boom!
Listed at 5'10" by @OU_Football, @TheKylerMurray had 5 passes batted down last season per @PFF. That's tied for the fewest among the 4 QB in @MoveTheSticks top 50 prospects. The other 3 are all listed at 6'3" or taller. pic.twitter.com/BQqisKrUzP— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) February 12, 2019
- How high Kyler Murray is drafted is largely dependent on how he fits with a team. From offensive scheme to its current roster, which teams are the best fit for the dynamic QB?
- Oklahoma’s Mariah Lopez was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for her dominant performance in the GCU Kickoff Tournament. Congratulations, Mariah!
Two one-hit shutouts— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) February 12, 2019
Two games with double-digit Ks
2-0 with a 0.00 ERA
.051 opponent batting average
Following an impressive opening weekend, @Mariahjordannn has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week!
➡️ https://t.co/NhTN1GBbKT pic.twitter.com/92lEuBfvap
- Mack Brown had some high praise for his former Red River rival Bob Stoops as he sets out on his next coaching venture in the XFL.
Former @TexasFootball coach Mack Brown shared his thoughts on his old @OU_Football rival Bob Stoops, who was named head coach and general manager of our @XFLDallas team last week. #quoteoftheday pic.twitter.com/tqf1G8pxdQ— XFL (@xfl2020) February 11, 2019
Around the Sports World
- Russell Westbrook recorded his 10th triple-double in a row on Monday night, passing Wilt Chamberlain for most consecutive triple-doubles in NBA history. Here’s that moment inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Exhilarating.
- The Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal took about 548 steps without dribbling the ball. Okay, I’m obviously exaggerating, but how on earth do the refs miss this when it’s so completely egregious?
- Kareem Hunt was released by the Kansas City Chiefs during the season last year following an assault investigation, and now the Cleveland Browns have signed the running back on a one-year deal.
- I’m not currently nor have ever been a hockey player myself, but I still don’t know how one misses the goal when they’re this close and it’s that undefended. Yikes.
- Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell celebrates his 85th birthday today. Check out the candles on his birthday cake. With all that smoke, it might be a good decision to do this outside next time. HBD, Mr. Russell!
Thanks to my wife for all the work she put into my cake, candles, not so much Glad we had the extinguisher on hand #85&StillAlive “Every day I wake up ABOVE ground, is a good one” #BillRussell@NBA @NBAonTNT @celtics @TwitterSports @BleacherReport @SLAMonline @TheCrossover pic.twitter.com/qlEjjfgtOv— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) February 12, 2019
Stick to Sports!
- This lacewing larva collects and carries debris to help camouflage itself out in the open, but when this one was discovered, it looked like a living, breathing nug of weed. Here’s proof that nature is pretty chill sometimes, but whatever you do, do not smoke this.
This Reddit user discovered an insect that looks like a lil' nug of weed pic.twitter.com/kcAkI0jN5L— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 12, 2019
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