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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Kyler Murray & the Oakland Raiders, Derek Green picks Vanderbilt, and more!

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Also, softball continues to roll.

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Happy Monday, everybody!

Derek Green, a former Oklahoma Sooners DT who had left the program after enrolling early, has chosen to transfer to Vanderbilt. Vandy247’s Chad Bishop has more:

In the interview, Green made some comments about why he chose to leave Oklahoma. “I get to Oklahoma and it’s not what it’s advertised,” Green said. “I had some issues with the coaching staff and I decided I wanted out.”

After the offseason’s defensive overhaul that included a scheme change under new DC Alex Grinch, none of this was particularly surprising. Green, a three-star recruit coming out of high school, had the potential to play a future role on the Sooners’ defense under the old order, but Grinch’s “Speed D” didn’t really suit his mold and skill set.

Now on to today’s April Fool’s Day edition of Hot Links! A.D. Miller is working his way back into the receiving corps, Oklahoma softball keeps on streaking, Sean McVay pranks Kliff Kingsbury and more!

OU Links

  • Looks like Kyler Murray is in Dallas working out privately for the Oakland Raiders. That’s nice, Jon Gruden, but unless you plan on moving up a smidge in the draft, I don’t know if he’ll even be available by the time you’re on the clock. Hell, perhaps moving up is the plan. It could be much ado about nothing, as the Raiders might just be doing their due diligence, but it’s not like the Raiders have avoided eye-opening moves over the past 18 months.
  • Senior WR A.D. Miller basically had both feet out the door after not only entering the transfer portal but also being introduced by Illinois as an incoming transfer. After sticking with Oklahoma at the 11th hour, he has to prove himself all over again. OU Insider’s Joey Helmer detailed how this whole process has shaken out for a veteran in Lincoln Riley’s system.
  • With so much going on at Oklahoma right now, such as Jalen Hurts learning the system, the new receivers making headlines, and Alex Grinch changing the defensive culture, it’s almost easy to forget that the nation’s top rated high school QB prospect for the class of 2019 has yet to arrive. Spencer Rattler says he plans on making one more visit before he officially moves east from Arizona later this summer.
  • Can you spot the common denominator? That’s right, Oklahoma is basically carrying the entire Big 12 on its back in football, but that’s okay, I hear the Sooner Schooner has a lot of cargo space.

Around the Sports World

  • Inspired by the most prank-filled time of the year, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay pulled a fast one on his buddy Kliff Kingsbury by convincing him he was violating the NFL’s tampering policy by spending time with Patrick Mahomes. Nicely done.
  • Now that Zion Williamson is out of the NCAA Tournament and NBA bound, is this sixth-grader the second coming of the transcendent player? Probably not, but he’s certainly not shy about using his physical advantages over his opponents.

Stick to Sports!

  • The bands Nine Inch Nails, Tool and Journey all celebrated April Fool’s Day by gifting their fans with what would have been exciting news. NIN and Tool heads were fooled into believing new music was on the way, and an epic reunion was reportedly in the works for die-hard Don’t Stop Believers, that is, until it wasn’t. Verrrrry funny, guys...

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