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Oklahoma Football Hot Links: Alex Grinch isn’t satisfied with the defense, basketball adds another signee, and more!

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Also, Russell Wilson continues to pave the way for Kyler Murray.

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Happy National Haiku Day, friends and fans!

Some are Sooner born

Like the one they call Baker

Greatest of all time

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, you should know that the Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball team has officially welcomed a late addition to the 2019 recruiting class in 6’8”, 190-pound power forward Anyang Garang out of Adelaide, Australia. Anyang originally committed back in January.

If you recall, the 2019 class was ranked 16th overall (247 composite), and included the nation’s No. 36 player in four-star point guard De’Vion Harmon. With Garang now on board, next season’s roster is steadily building up with heaps of talent and potential. One thing’s for certain — this team will not be lacking in length and athleticism.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! Alex Grinch says the speed of the defense isn’t where he wants it to be, 2020 commit Michael Henderson says he’s done talking to other schools, Astros pitcher Collin McHugh is the second coming of Neo and more!

OU Links

  • ESPN’s CFB Playoff Predictor thinks Oklahoma currently has the sixth-best odds to win the CFP. On the surface, that’s a pretty respectable spot, but I’d argue that a few teams are way too high (Michigan, LSU) while others are either too low (Notre Dame) or completely forgotten about (Ohio State).
  • DC Alex Grinch is still not entirely content with where the defense is following spring ball. The OU Daily’s Caleb McCourry shares that while the guys on his side of the ball aren’t playing as fast as he wants them to, he is impressed with how Oklahoma has tied in the recruiting aspect to the annual event.
  • Russell Wilson’s new contract extension gives Kyler Murray a living, breathing example of the success he can have on the field and within the league. For a player of Wilson’s stature to become the highest paid player in the game — that opens yet another door for K1.
  • Cody Ford has the potential to become the best tackle signed in the 2019 NFL Draft class, and in doing so he could also spark a change in the way tackles are evaluated. He’s versatile, which makes him extra valuable, but SB Nation’s Stephen White will tell you what else this former Sooner brings to the equation.
  • Sooner Scoop’s Bob Przybylo details 2020 commit Michael Henderson, who is a jack-of-all-trades athlete expected to play H-back in Lincoln Riley’s offense. Since it’s the offseason for ‘Mikey’, he intends to use this time to recruit others to join him at OU, and he says he is officially finished talking to any other schools.
  • Don’t forget to check out the latest episode of the Crimson & Cream Machine podcast. In this installment, Jack and Kamiar review the OU Spring Game and all that surrounded the major event.

Around the Sports World

  • The Pac-12 has largely been irrelevant from the height of key athletics scenes for too long of a stretch now, and conference commissioner Larry Scott needs to make some hard decisions before the league falls into further obscurity. Is money a problem? Yes, and no. Leadership? Yes, and yes, again.
  • Michael Jordan is the basketball G.O.A.T. In turn, MJ also had a cologne released in the 90’s that definitely did not go down as the greatest fragrance of all time. So what exactly happened with this concoction of aromatic failure?
  • The damage that could have been done in this clip is terrifying to think about. If that ball connected with Collin McHugh’s throat or face, there’s no telling what kind of structural reparations would need to be made. I can’t stop watching it.

Stick to Sports!

  • TIME Magazine released its 2019 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Among the names are gaming icon ‘Ninja’, actress Emilia Clarke (who plays Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’), and Dwayne Johnson. It’s a pretty cool list, and what’s just as special about the list is who authored each profile.

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