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:
Derek Green details his decision to transfer from Oklahoma to Vanderbilt— Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) March 31, 2019
He plans to enroll this summer and play for the Commodores this seasonhttps://t.co/juaAS9Hz4v
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!
- 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.
The Raiders' private workout with Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray is happening today in Dallas, sources say.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 1, 2019
From there, they head to Columbus to work Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins out tomorrow. Jon Gruden and Co. doing their homework on draft QBs.
Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock had dinner with Kyler Murray at Al Biernat's last night in Dallas. Murray's father, agent and 5 receivers are waiting for Gruden to get Murray off the white board to start today's workout at Highland Park HS, which has been delayed by at least 1.5 hours— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 1, 2019
- 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.
I will be in Norman next week! Last visit until it’s official! ❤️ #BoomerSooner— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) April 1, 2019
- 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.
- Ever wondered about football movie stars and how those characters would translate to real life? C&C Machine’s Kamiar Mehrabian did just that, and it turns out some silver-screen heroes are better suited for the Sooners than others.
- In case you missed it, make sure you check out my recap of Oklahoma softball’s dominant performance in Utah on Sunday. The No. 2 Sooners (32-2) are currently enjoying the nation’s longest active winning streak at 22, and Patty Gasso’s team is not only coming away with victories, they’re doing it in style.
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.
A 6TH GRADER (via jamal_brown2025/IG) pic.twitter.com/k8h4tCY2P3— Overtime (@overtime) March 31, 2019
- The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have had reasonable amounts of success in the FBS over the past decade, albeit intermittently. Bill Connelly breaks down why this could be a pivotal year for fifth year head coach Philip Montgomery.
- When Hugh Freeze was still at Ole Miss, he encouraged people to inform the Rebels’ compliance office about any possible NCAA violations. What happened next? The masses did not disappoint, sending countless emails ranging from serious to hilarious.
- Rangers F.C. winger Ryan Kent punched Celtic F.C. central midfielder Scott Brown, and the refs totally missed it. There might have been a bit of flopping involved, but his fist definitely connected with some face. Kent could still face (no pun intended) a retroactive suspension. Unsurprisingly, this tense match between the Glasgow rivals resulted in fights between fans, with three people being stabbed after the match.
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...
Nine Inch Nails, Tool and Journey Deliver April Fool's Day Pranks: https://t.co/IfjmOq0bCN— UltimateClassicRock (@UltClassicRock) April 1, 2019
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